Basket Review No. 6: Paradiso

I did it. I can’t believe it; but I did something I vowed to never do: I ordered a chicken finger platter at a Mexican restaurant.

For Basket Review No. 6, I plowed through Paradiso’s chicken strips.

It felt like treason.

Mexican is one of my favorite types of food and there are so many excellent Mexican dishes to choose from on Paradiso’s menu, but the grind (clap) never (clap) stops (clap). There are no days off in the chicken strip basket game (other than the six days of the week I don’t eat chicken strips).

Paradiso’s chicken came highly recommended so I needed to have a taste. Like El Presidente says, “we try them all.”


The strips were very good. There was nothing special about them, but they had sufficient crunch, a perfect batter-to-chicken ratio and seemed to be decent quality. Nothing to complain about it.

The fries passed the eye test; they looked quite good and I was excited to try them, but they tasted like they spent a minute too long in the fryer. They were slightly oily and had a burnt flavor to them, which was disappointing.

The ranch was delicious; Paradiso definitely makes their own ranch, and they make it well.

Despite the fries being a letdown, I give Paradiso’s basket a 7.8. The solid strips and impressive ranch saved it.

Fuck. I’m still disappointed in myself for being uncultured and ordering a chicken strip basket at a Mexican restaurant. But it had to be done. 7.8.

Author: thrillswithjmills

Food lover located in Fargo, N.D. Chicken strip aficionado; blogger; aspiring TikTok superstar.

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