When LC first opened, I lived in Manteca and found it to be a refreshing and much needed addition to the restaurant "scene" in Manteca. There are dozens of Mexican restaurants in the area and nearly all are mom and pop shop type places - some good - many not so good. Usually the typical Mexican restaurant (or any non-chain) in Manteca is someone and their (spouse/sister/best friend/neighbor/buddy) opening a place based on exactly what they'd like to see in a restaurant and there's little actual quality involved.
So along came LC with a bar and nice big building, actually looking professional and friendly and with a large but focused menu. When it first opened - it was probably the best restaurant in town.
But over the years, LC has gone downhill slightly. The drinks have gotten very watered down, service a lot slower and the once interesting menu still has many choices but hasn't changed much at all except the prices.
I like LC, and i want to continue going there on my occasional visits but at this rate it may not happen.
So what are the PROs of this place as opposed to other local alternatives for Mexican Food?
1. The menu - although tired for regulars - if you've never eaten here - you will find some interesting combos
2. Quality - the food is generally good to very good - as opposed to most local Mexican Restaurants where they might have a signature dish or two but everything else on their menu suffers.
3. Atmosphere- still the cleanest Mexican restaurant in town and a restaurant that looks like a restaurant - not someones kitchen with boxes to the side and handwritten menus.
1. Bar - the drink quality has gone downhill - last visit we ordered 3 different types of standard cocktails - none of them really made well - this has happened a few times before as well.
2. Service - they delivered an entire table of food wrong twice in a row - first time - forgivable - even worth a chuckle - second time - getting old - especially with so few other customers.
3. Location - as the 120 corridor grows, their location will become more and more inconvenient.
So I won't give up on LC yet - and I do encourage first timers to the area to try it . On a good night they do well. Just be leary of the bar and go during traditional slower times. The food does generally taste well and you do have many more options on the menu than other local Mexican alternatives.
Manteca is a city that seems to truly favor the national chains over local efforts - and I can't quite figure out why. So having LC available is a blessing in some respects because it's Local and it's actually good most of the time.
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