Where: 520 N 900 E, Provo (Near Gold's Gym and Stan's)
Distance: .7 Miles
Restaurant Type: Single Location
My Frequency: First Time
Who: Kerry, Tim, Brent, Amanda, and John
Food: Combo Plate
Price: FREE (grand opening)
Emmanuel's is testing out the treacherous waters at this deadly location. It was McDonald's in the more distant past, but more recently Chadder's and T's Diner. If McDonald's chooses not to be somewhere, I never feel super optimistic about the market. As a recap, Chadder's got sued/pushed out of business from In N Out as Chadder's was illegally copying In N Out's color schedule, packaging, and menu. T's was a decent diner, but didn't really create a new or unique enough identity to get it off the ground. Emmanuel's is poised to offer a new twist for this location, but we'll see how they fare with Taco Bell right across the street. Taco Bell provides the students in the area with their cheap Mexican food, so Emmanuel's need to be good enough to attract some students, but even more so locals in the nearby neighborhoods.
Today is the grand opening. If you are reading this today, you're lucky because they are serving up free combo plates complete with fountain drinks. Vivint is the sponsor, which leads me to believe that there's some personal connection with the owner. Their store is also decked out with Vivint automation equipment (if you're looking for it), and Vivint doesn't do corporate accounts very frequently.
The free combo plates were available for lunch today and will be again for dinner from 6-8 tonight. It's a standard serving for everyone of beef tacos, enchilada, and beans. It was a good portion for lunch, and you can't beat free. After your free dinner you can come watch my championship ultimate frisbee intramural game. It's going to be epic!
The meal was overall a little bland, but thankfully they had some salsas and garnishes to doctor it up. I'm a normally a huge fan of tomatillo salsa, but wish that they also offered a red salsa. The beans were pasty and downright bad in my opinion. The beef in the tacos was okay, but I would have liked fresher meat. The enchilada was good, but nothing that would definitely get me back. The food was overall decent, but nothing to write home about. I do understand that it's their first day and they were giving it out for free.
I'm going to be nice and not do a verdict quite yet. I plan on going back in a couple of weeks once they are more established and do a full review. I feel like it has potential as something newer for that area, but we'll see. The service was fantastic and my brother really enjoyed his horchata, so those are two definite pluses.