Courtesy of The Grand Island Independent – Harold Reutter

The owners of El Toro opened Grand Island’s newest restaurant to give area residents more of a choice in Mexican cuisine, Manager Alex Rodriguez said.

El Toro is a full-service restaurant with a bilingual wait staff. The family-owned business also has a restaurant in Kansas and one in Missouri.

Rodriguez worked 10 years for El Toro Restaurant in Chillicothe, MO.

“From what I know, the family looked at Grand Island and decided to open the restaurant to give people another choice,” he said.

Make that many choices.

El Toro’s menú includes six pages.

For midday dinners, one of the choices is a lunch menu between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. that menu alone includes 11 lunch specials, plus huevos rancheros, burrito fajita, lunch fajitas, lunch chimichanga, huevos con chorizo and  quesadilla fajitas.

The menu also features a “Chicken from the Grill” section, a “Fajitas” section and a “Steak” section.

On the next menu page are sections for quesadillas rellenos, burritos especiales, vegetarian dinners and two soups. That page also includes 30 combination entrees, as well as an a la carte section.

There is also a menu for children under age 12, and a salad menu that features choices such as guacamole salad, Mexican salad, taco salad fajitas and grilled chicken salad.

The dessert menu includes six choices, including fried ice cream, flan sopapillas and chimichangas.

The beverage choices include soft drinks, wines, margaritas and a variety of imported and domestic beers.

One meal, parrillada for two, is a meal for two, providing diners with one pork chop, one chicken breast, one ribeye and chorizo cooked with onions, two cheese enchiladas, fajita salad, rice, beans and tortillas.

Rodriguez said El Toro provides generous portions. “If you leave the restaurant hungry that’s not good,” he said.

Rodrigues said business is building through word of mouth as people mention El Toro to friends or eat at the restaurant, then return with their family to have another meal.