In the middle of the day this place is great. Just before closing time ... not great at all.
Here's why: In the middle of the day, when the lines are long and they're cranking out the food as fast as they can--the tri-tip is moist, and so is the chicken. But if it's a half-hour before closing and you're the only person there ...that tri-tip has been sitting there for hours, and the chicken can't help but be dry, dry, dry.
(When it's dry like that, ask for the barbeque sauce--they have it.)
But whatever you do, order the cucumber salad. No matter what time of day, the cucumber salad was made right there in the kitchen--it's fresh and holds its wonderful bite all day long. I never thought I'd be raving about a cucumber salad of all things, but it really is that good.
Service ... Excellent! Very friendly. Very heplful. Can't be beat.
Ambience ... None at all. If your mother is visiting from out of town, do this as carry out. Do *not* have her sit down at the tables. Really.
Oh yeah, and bring cash. (You remember what cash is, don't you? Paper stuff with pictures of dead Presidents?) Your credit cards don't work here. Well, except maybe to run the ATM machinie.
Go. Nosh. Enjoy. But choose your time of day wisely.
(And remember the cucumber salad.)