We were in town recently and my brother, who worked in the area, suggested Taqueria Muniz. Being an avid Tripadvisor eatery researcher, I had my sights set on another Mexican restaurant touting the best margaritas. Not one to miss out on a chance to imbibe during dinner, I pushed my recommendation but eventually gave in to my younger, but not any less gastronomically inclined, sibling and boy was I glad I did! It must have been past 7pm when we arrived to find ample parking in front of this very casual spot. Not one to let neighborhood or décor stand between me and a great meal, we entered and asked the young woman at the counter about seating protocol and quickly took a table under the flat screen TV at the back of the room. If you are looking for a festive place with lots of color and wall art this isn’t the place but as we would soon find out if you are looking for authentic Mexican food served with a smile and on the cheap you couldn’t do better. Okay, they don’t serve alcohol but my adult sippy cup held a nice Argentinian malbec and as agreeable as they are I’m sure carry-ins wouldn’t be an issue. Settling on our entrees wasn’t hard with the easy to understand menu loaded with the usual tacos, burritos and enchiladas. The waitress quickly brought out two baskets of light and crispy chips and two bowls of spicy salsa and I ordered the carne asada 3 taco dinner with rice and beans. I’m still thinking about that salsa and only wish I would have taken more than a pint of it home. The tacos come with your choice of lettuce, tomato and cheese or cilantro and onion, which I chose. There is a squeeze bottle of homemade green and red sauce at each table which could have used a little more heat, but I like it hot. The kitchen is open to the dining room and our food arrived fast. My tacos were served on soft corn tortillas; the carne was tender and juicy, the cilantro and onions a nice touch. I could have made a meal of the cheese topped beans; they were that good, as was the rice. The waitress was so fast and unobtrusive that our drink refills seemed to arrive at the table magically. The rest of my family enjoyed their apps and entrees as well and the bill for 6 adults was negligible. Although the dining room only had a spattering of families come and go on the Wednesday night we dined, I’m sure the place does a brisk lunch business. I won’t hesitate to return when we are in town again. Although I rarely give up control when it comes to my culinary forages, and my picks are usually spot on thanks to Tripadvisor, I had to admit that my Brother definitely got this one right.
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