Magical Dining Month Restaurant of the Day: los Generales

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Today’s featured Orlando Magical Dining Month restaurant is Los Generales, an authentic Mexican restaurant in South Orlando.

Los Gens has an extensive menu with all your favorite Mexican dishes and a few you may not be familiar with, as well. For Magical Dining Month, the Generals are offering a three-course menu for $20, and there are more options than you’ll find on a lot of other MagDngMo menus.

For a starters you can choose panchos (their version of nachos), queso fundido, the cheesy dip, or guacamole. I’d go for the fundido.

For a main course there’s bisteck al gusto, garlic shrimp, fajitas, or a combination of skirt steak and tamale. Dessert? The ubiquitous (at least for Mexican restaurants) fried ice cream, a delicacy I’ve never quite understood, churros, the little fried donutlike devices, or caramel crepes.

If there were an award for restaurant with the bulkiest furniture, Los Generales would win it hands down. The tables and chairs are massive pieces of wood, each crudely carved with lilies, grape clusters, a horse head or the stereotypical figure of a sleeping Mexican. Whichever is carved on the seatback is matched on the tabletop, inset under glass.

Walls, it must me noted, are nicely painted and don’t have any faux plaster cracks that so many Mexican restaurants have. There are the usual sombreros as well as horseshoes, flags and, on a wall between two seating areas, a large saddle, the stirrups hanging down in each room.

The staff was friendly and accommodating. There is a full bar and it should not go unmentioned that they make a mean Margarita.

If you go -- and I’m recommending you should -- be sure to ask for the Magical Dining Month menu when you’re seated. You can take a look at it here, or view the entire list of participating restaurants by visiting the Orlando Magical Dining Month Web site.

Los Generales is at 12200 Menta St., Orlando (it actually faces John Young Parkway and is just a bit south of the Grand Lakes Resort). The phone number is 407438-2472.