We were really looking forward to another Mexican restaurant in the area. There aren't many, and only one other is "reasonably Mexican" in our opinion. Other than driving close to an hour, there's not much choice. Mezcal had been promoted for better than a month before it finally opened.
First gripe is that chips and salsa were not delivered to the table. Oh, that's an appetizer - $2. The beer selection was kind of lame, and the one beer on the menu that would be tolerable (OK, I'm picky) was already tapped out. They must have had a good first weekend...
My beef burrito was uninspired, with bland beef (it could have been pot roast), and an assortment of other bland ingredients. The accompanying "vegetarian Mexican rice" was colorful, yet devoid of flavor. My wife's enchiladas were also bland, and sauced with what appeared to be (and tasted like) tomato soup. It's as though the chef were trying to avoid offending everybody but the Mexicans.
In all fairness, the food did not taste bad - it merely had no taste.
Service was slow and also uninspired; perhaps it was the fellow's first day as a waiter. The paper towel dispenser in the men's room didn't work - this is less than a week after opening. Prices were kind of high for Mexican good. Such prices would have been acceptable for "gourmet" Mexican, but clearly Mezcal is not in that league. I went with $$ for the price, but for Mexican, they are truly in the $$$ range.
We might, in a sense of fair play, visit Mezcal again, but we would not be anxious about it, and certainly our expectations would be much lower than for our initial visit.
Vaya con Dios.
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