Picked this restaurant just driving down Ventura Blvd., There were people waiting outside and my girlfriend and I were hungry. Didn't like the valet parking scene, so parked across the street at the meters. We were told the wait could be 45 minutes...however, we were seated within 15 minutes. Within minutes, we had wonderful chips and salsa. I felt the salsa was a bit on the thin side...made quite a mess!!!.
We ordered the specialty of the house, the molcajete, a sizzling volcanic deep dish bowl with melted panela cheese and served with a variety of delicacies...shrimp, beef strips, chicken and cactus strips bathed in a rich, seasoned red sauce for 2 people. We were also served rice and beans (we chose the whole black beans) and chose corn tortillas. Since we had so many chips, we tried several of the meats and had to take home a box. I think that volcanic dish was still bubbling when we were ready to leave. The red sauce was probably the best I have ever had. I also really liked the cheese....
The margarita (ordered on the rocks) was good and fairly strong...thought it might have had a bit of orange in it (which I didn't care for).
The place has colorful murals on the walls which were nice, was crowded and seemed like a fun place to go to. I'm from Northern California (Bay Area), but if I could, I would eat here once a month at least.
Service was very good also...water glasses filled, dishes taken away at the right time.
Prices were fair (under $20 per person).
Overall, very pleased. I hope to update this place to excellent on my next visit.