I've been frequenting Prickly Pear since 1999 and have never had a bad experience. 15 years of quality service / product says a lot about a restaurant. The food is tasty, servings are exceptionally large @ dinner (making for a lunch the next day) and the atmosphere is relaxed and inviting. Some of our favorite dishes are: fajitas, shrimp and scallop quesadillas, las enchiladas, & los chiles rellenos.
In the past,the Pear had, hands down, the best 'quality/price' relationship of any restaurant on Main Street. Recently, prices increased 30-40% and this is the only negative aspect of my review (keeping the restaurant from an 'excellent' rating). Dishes that were $15/16 are now $20/21 making dinners more in line with the generally overpriced offerings on Main Street. I imagine this has to do w/ rent prices in downtown (A2 is nuts!) so, in all fairness, this may be an unwarranted criticism of an otherwise jewel of a restaurant.
Having said all of this, Prickly Pear still serves a wonderful meal - it's just a little out of our price range for a regular visit. We will dine there less frequently but, if our last experience is any indication, the restaurant will continue to impress. For a special meal or someone visiting the city, it does not disappoint.
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