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TASTE TEST: El Poblana's Carne Asada brings the beef

The Asada at El Poblano in Merrillville

Many new Mexican restaurants have been cropping up across Northwest Indiana, but El Poblano features more traditional Mexican cuisine than the average Tex-Mex place with crowd-pleasing bucket-like margaritas.

El Poblano at 7600 Broadway in Merrillville serves many favorites like flautas, enchiladas, chimichanga, shrimp tacos and Camarones a la diabla. Run by alumni of Fat Burrito in Crown Point, the restaurant in the extensively renovated former Delta restaurant space also features a hulking oversized burrito on a 16-inch tortilla known as the "large burrito."

The large and varied menu includes many steak options, including the Steak Con Rajas, Steak A La Mexicana, Steak Ranchero, and the succulent El Poblano Special in which steak, chicken, shrimp, bell peppers and tomatoes are piled over a bed of rice and topped with cheese and ranchero sauces. 

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The place takes pride in its Carne Asada, tender skirt steak that's grilled to perfection. The juicy beef is topped with sauteed onions that bring out the meatiness.

The $11.99 Carne Asada dinner platter is served with light, fluffy rice and rich creamy, refried beans sprinkled with melted Chihuahua cheese. It's also accompanied by a fresh salad made with lettuce, tomato and sliced avocado, as well as your choice of flour or corn tortillas.

The portions are generous, the steak well-marinated and seared expertly. The pile of sauteed onions that tops the steak adds even more savoriness and just a hint of sweetness.

For more information, call 219-525-4193 or find El Poblano on Facebook.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.