We had a Groupon and had never been to this place a block from our former home, so, after a fine late afternoon play we dropped in at El Aguila. We all were expecting a small place that would be a bit of a dive, so we were pleasantly surprised to find a large dining room with tablecloths, a 30ft. long bar and plenty of staff waiting to serve. We were nearly the only customers there at first (5:45pm), so things were quiet in spite of the PA-system Mexican music.
At first, things seemed off to a fine start. Our waiter took our orders promptly and served drinks quickly. But as we settled in: an alarm on the rear door kept blaring away, and after the second attempt of staff to silence it failed, we had to switch tables. The chairs everywhere had ripped and torn seat covers. Around 6pm, a guy came in to set up for his live music performance (every Sat night from 6-9pm).
My wife got a pork ribs fajita (dry on the outside but perfectly okay inside). I got pork tacos: WAY too salty for me. Our friend got a cheese & chicken dish of some sort that she could only get half through. Our waiter's English wasn't up to understanding that our friend wanted an order to go for her spouse, so it ended up being delivered first and we had to ask for it to be taken back. The Modelo beer I ordered wasn't available, so I had to switch to a Corona. Once the music man began actually singing, in a combination of crooning Mexican/Spanish and LoungeClub-lizard English songs, we skedaddled as quickly as possible. It was an experiment....okay, but not to be repeated. Apparently due to its size, this place is often used for political fund-raisers.
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