We have been going to Estradas for decades, but after our experience last night will not be returning.
First of all the décor is cheesy, tacky and busy, too many colors and textures, the previous relaxing comforting atmosphere is all gone. The worn flooring has not been replaced, and obviously the furnace not repaired, as we still have to wear our jackets in the place. Also, the toilet in the men's bathroom is still "running".
Next the margaritas, also compromised - we each had two and never felt or tasted the alcohol at all, very watered down and the goblets (smaller than the previous ones) were chocked full of ice, leaving very little margarita.
The service: very slow, it took over 40 minutes to get our dinner. The server did not come by to check on our water, drinks, or chips and salsa, although there were only about 3 other tables occupied. Maybe she was hanging out with the cooks, as the music was blaring from the kitchen.
The menu was also disappointing, our previous favorite dishes were not listed, but we were told could still be ordered. We found the portions to be smaller, and the food bland, with very little flavor. The tamale was good, but not worth the 40 minutes it took to prepare, plus there was an extra charge of $2.00 for ordering the beef tamale as opposed to the chicken, but the extra charge was not listed on the menu or mentioned by our server. We were told after ordering that pork tamales were also available - again, not listed on the menu or mentioned when our order was taken.
We had 2 margaritas apiece, a tamale plate, a quesadilla appetizer and a taco and chile relleno plate and the bill was $68.00 for 2 people.
We were very disappointed and will not be going back to Estradas, but will be looking for a new authentic Mexican restaurant.
Another interesting point - Restaurant Impossible recently featured another one of our favorite restaurants located in Montana, and did not do it any favors either!
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