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Crabcake-Stuffed Shrimp and Filet Mignon Fajitas at Pappasito's Cantina

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Pappasito's is now offering a crabcake-stuffed shrimp and filet mignon combination plate ($22). At first it seemed over the top, but after a few sips of my margarita, I thought, "Why not?"

Fifteen minutes later the server brought sizzling platter filled with four jumbo shrimp, each heaped with about two tablespoons of crabcake, a pile of sliced filet mignon, grilled onions, cilantro, lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, and a petit ramekin of melted butter. Plates of pinto beans, rice, cheddar cheese, and sour cream followed, as did several steaming hot tortillas. In a few individual fajitas I managed to fit all the dish's components, plus leftover queso from my appetizer, a few scoops of salsa, and a smear of that creamy herb dip that came with the complimentary chips.

Such an outrageous combination made it difficult to pinpoint exactly what I was tasting at any given moment, but every (different) bite was nonetheless unbelievably satisfying. And as for the frothy butter, I don't know if I'll be able to eat fajitas again without a side of pure melted fat.

When I did happen to eat a morsel of filet mignon meat by itself, it was nice to know that it was tender and moist in its own right and hadn't just absorbed all the juices from its neighboring ingredients. The shrimp were just fine, though the crabcakes seemed to comprise only cream and crabmeat, with little additional spice. Being packed in with the other ingredients probably enhanced them.

Pappasito's can be a bit gimmicky, but in the case of these fajitas, the outlandishness works.

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