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“the worst Mexican food in the US”

Turtle Bay Taqueria
Ranked #129 of 301 Restaurants in Monterey
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch
Waynesville, North Carolina
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“the worst Mexican food in the US”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

Absolutely the worst Mexican food we have ever had. Makes Taco Bell feel like a 4 star restaurant. One of the people in our party asked for sour cream, they said that would be an extra charge. Okay, 25 cents.....maybe $1.00. NO, it was an extra $2.68 for approximately 1 tablespoon. The total bill for four people was $80.00, not including a tip. Will never go back.....ever. We all left hungry and extremely disappointed.

  • Visited August 2012
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
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English first
Salem, Oregon
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75 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Below average and not even cheap”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

The fresh salsas were fresh but bland and without character. That's the best we can say about the place. My wife's chicken burrito wrap tasted burned, and the veggies were slimy and felt rotten. Won't even consider going back. Somehow it is very popular.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Yuho45
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Arlington, Virginia
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58 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Fish Tacos”
Reviewed July 24, 2012

I ate here in July 2012 and was quite pleased with the tacos I ordered. Having grown up in the industrial Midwest and having spent all of my adult life on the East Coast, the notion of a fish taco is somewhat exotic to me. While here, I had two fish tacos and one pork carnitas taco. All three were very good. I left full and happy. Definitely recommend.

Visited July 2012
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Thank John S
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monterey
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“You won't say wow!”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

Still an old standby in downtown Monterey, just not as good as it used to be. It's looking a bit tired these days, needs some sprucing up both in the menu and the decor. We were in recently, and both agreed that they have shrunk the serving sizes, which used to be generous but are no more. It is a somewhat reasonable value for what you get and the outstanding location downtown, but you won't say wow!.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank jesse p
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San Marcos, CA
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87 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Good Food, Good Value”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

The prices were very reasonable, the portions were sizeable and the food was flavorful. I would recommend this place. After a busy day in Monterey, it was a nice break from the hustle and bustle with many patrons, but not overly crowded. After looking over the extensive menu I decided on the Bahio bowl, which did not disappoint. There is also a kids menu for smaller portions. My only disappointment was that they served black beans and not pinto beans.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank francisfammem
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