El Monte has quickly taken a turn for the worse. It really used to be something to look forward to, but now, the creativity in the food has vanished and the menu has devolved into the same mediocre, flavorless junk you can get everywhere else for a more reasonable price. They took the ribeye off the menu. I mean, it's as if they're trying to fail now.
The server was a touch absent minded, and the manager appeared to be doing nothing useful. The kitchen looked like it was barely in use, just pulling pre-made items out of warming trays like Chipotle...but with lots less flavor. The rice and beans were terrible, just barely seasoned. Tacos were bland, mahi torta was very dry with only hints of flavor, and the kids' food was just a joke.
That said, the bar is still in full swing, I still like the atmosphere, and they're not slacking on the guacamole. But I can do that stuff myself, so I think we're done here. The quality's just gone.
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