We got seated quickly, got our waters and chips and salsa quickly as well. Prices looked good, the place was spacious, well lit, well air conditioned, with smiling and pleasant service. Chips were average, salsa was runny, but with nice chunks of onion and tomato. So far so good. The menu looked authentic, so I ordered my old standby, Tacos Mexicanos. I even tried to speak Spanish, which is my test of the staff, to see where they stand between the eye rolling and annoyance and smile and graciousness on the other side, as they hear a clear non speaker attempt Spanish (I know just enough to order a meal in a restaurant, and with good accent too). Although our water and chips were not replenished, we were OK with this, small oversight. Food came out and looked good... until I bit into my tacos. I immediately got a heavy piece of fat (I got barbacoa tacos, my fiance got a steak taco) and had to discard it. Upon further inspection of my tacos, I had to discard 50% + of the meat, which was just very poor quality. I eventually just emptied the last taco and made my own rice and bean taco (rice and beans were good).
So.... very dissapointing, but a nice place with potential. Just have to use better meat, that is all. I guess the prices and the location (Palmetto) should have probably warned me a little, but, all in all, I really wanted to like this place, for a number of reasons, but I just cannot give it more than two stars. Not as bad as El Adobe in Sarasota (no restaurant is), but still not worth a second visit, unless your lunch order is Tecate and chips and salsa. Too bad.
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