My husband and I visited this restaurant again recently. We had been previously and had enjoyed our meals then. It was a nice day outside, so we decided to go again for dinner in order to take advantage of the outside dining patio.
Once there, we were given our choice of outside dining tables. We found a nice shady spot under an umbrella and looked over the menu. It was a Wednesday evening, so they had a wine special that night. After looking over the menu, we decided to try their salsa sampler appetizer. For our entrees, we ordered the half pork tacos, half ribs and full scallops entrees. I had debated on ordering the full portion of pork tacos OR getting the chicken sandwich in addition to my half pork taco order. We had been here before & knew that most portion sizes were REALLY small. However,our waitress said that the half portion of the tacos was large & that it had 3 tortilla shells on it. So that sounded like a decent sized portion. I settled on just a half portion of the tacos per her suggestion, but also ordered a side of sweet potato fries.
Within about 15 minutes our salsa appetizer sampler was out to us. The tortilla chips tasted homemade and were delicious. The salsa sampler had a regular, verde and chipolte version on it. I preferred the regular out of the three. The salsa was chunky fresh diced tomatoes, except for the verde which appeared to be a puree. Overall, I found the salsas to be OK. I probably wouldn't order it again due to the cost & the difficulty of getting the salsa scooped up with the chips provided. However, it is a really good chip. I would like to see it offered as a nachos & cheese appetizer--or perhaps a nachos, cheese & pork taco meat appetizer!!
Within about another 20 minutes or so, our entrees arrived. The half pork tacos entree was a joke. There were only TWO shells on the plate--NOT 3 as promised by our waitress. On top of that...ONE shell was equivalent to 1/4 of a regular sized tortilla shell. So in reality, I got 1/2 of a tortilla shell cut into two pieces with about 1/3 of a cup of shredded pork. To be honest, the pork taco was DELICIOUS, but the portion size was just way too small! I knew I should have ordered more, but our waitress insisited that getting a chicken sandwich in addition, would have been too much. She was wrong. With service being so slow, I didn't feel like orderinng and waiting for more food to arrive. I left hungry. My husband enjoyed his full scallops entree. We knew they were skimpy on this entree from our previous visit & he knew that it would only have 4 scallops on it for the price paid. They seem to have changed the dish (since our last visit) to be served over a bed of pasta instead of with a few yuca gnocci. This made for a more substantial entree & he still enjoyed it. He also liked his half ribs entree. I tried them & thought they were just OK. They tasted a little weird to me. He, however, enjoyed the uniqueness of the dark rum & guava BBQ sauce. The thick cut sweet potato fries were delicious as always & tasted homemade.
After dinner our waitress asked IF we wanted dessert. We looked over the menu but decided to pass. I considered their Tres Leche Cake, but decided against it due to the slow service. I did not feel like waiting 20 minutes or so to get a slice of cake. It had taken close to 10 minutes to just get the dessert menu!
Overall, our dining experience was good. The food was VERY good. The option of the half or full entree is a nice feature that allows you to customize your meal. However, the serving sizes were SMALL. The prices were HIGH based on the quantity of food...however, the quality makes it worthwhile. The service was friendly, but SLOW. The outdoor dining patio is nice, as is the view of the C & D Canal. However, there is an annoying fly problem that accompanies this outdoor dining experience. We had to constantly swat flies away from our food. Gross!
All in All, the pluses outweight the minuses at this restaurant. We will continue to visit when looking for a nice relaxed sit down meal without feeling rushed out the door, but next time I will order MORE food!!
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