I've traveled through most of Mexico on 4 trips, so I've had a chance to become familiar with its cuisines. Monte Alban reminds me of that food without disappointment. Unlike Mexican chains that overfill one's plate with gooey cheese, Monte Alban uses authentic ingredients, such as cotija, appropriately and in good balance. These aren't the heavy, greasy dishes that you find in the chains; they're lighter and fresher tasting but still filling and ample. The menu is large, and everyone should be able to find something pleasing here. Fortunately, there are combination plates that allow diners to try a couple different items at a time, because it will be hard to make a choice from so many delicious-sounding foods. Good for children because there are so many well-known foods. Also, don't worry too much about spicyness. It's not all hot peppers; many dishes are flavorful without much heat. The restaurant is a bit dark and boxy, but they've painted the walls in vibrant colors to liven it up. Casual dining. I recommend it!