My first experience with Mexican /Southwest food was in a small Montana town in 1968. Over the years I have smiled about that experience because the Mexican combination plate was a frozen TV dinner. We should have been so lucky to have had the meal at this establishment to be a fraction as palatable.
Based solely upon TripAdvisor reviews, we tried this establishment earlier this week and left wondering where the individuals that rated this place anything greater than poor had their meals? . My perception of the reviews is that only three prior reviews were honest. I presume the remainder are put up jobs to undermine an honest review process or the reviewers had just taken a strong hallucinogenic immediately before dining!
The enchiladas were filled with two pieces of (pork?) and what tasted like large frozen potato chunks. The tamale (for those with a good imagination) resembled a burned chili pepper and it was definitely not like any tamale previously encountered! The taco meat and burrito were covered with a tomato base sauce that resembled . . . well, I won't say what. In retrospect, it is difficult to determine which of the menu items was the worst. All were really disgustingly gross, unpalatable and unfortunately unforgettable. The fresh greens that are normally served with this type of food were cooked. The rice served with the meal came with a mixture of cooked carrots and anybody's guess of what else.
Good food starts with a quality ingredient. My perception is that the establishment is using low cost ingredients to maximize the bottom line margin. Since this is a tourist town, this may work for them because they may not have to rely on repeat customers.
In almost fifty years of extensive road travel and countless meals in restaurants, I have been unable to recall another dining experience that was as poor as this one, and I normally am able to quickly move on after a less than acceptable dining experience. Not so here.
The price per meal was not unreasonable for edible food, but I considered the price to be unacceptable for food that should never have been placed on a dish and served to the public.
Not wanting to be completely negative, I will say that the ice cubes in the water glasses were cold had acceptable flavoring.
Should one venture into this place, I strongly recommend that only ice be ordered,, after that, dine under the arches just up the way..
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