Just out of our visit to Sequoia National Park and hungry as the bears the signs tell everyone not to approach, we saw Casa Mendoza like a beacon to the hungry traveler and make a quick turn in to get some evening nosh.
The place is simple and almost cafeteria-like inside -- little to no ambience, but outside seating on picnic style tables was very pleasant as evening encroached and the heat of the day diminished. There was music to dine by--a solo guitar/singer doing popular rock and folk covers.
The food was so-so. My Delta Special had steak, shrimp, and chicken in a sauce . . . but the steak and chicken both were overcooked and rather bland in taste. A group of 4, I also heard "bland" from one of the others who got the green enchiladas. The men were less picky and devoured their dishes. Desert, the only one they had--Flan--was excellent. Coffee with dessert was sadly weak, and I could not even drink the cup.
So 50/50--food is so/so. Outside seating and music and good company is nice. Waitress was a little spacey. When I asked for salsa with my dish, she disappeared and wasn't seen for 20 minutes. We had to get up, go in, grab some salsa ourselves. It's a Mexican restaurant, so that's a little odd.
But, if you are hungry like a bear . . . it'll do. It was a long ride back to Bakersfield!
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