My family and I have been going to la botana for years, before it got all the best reviews and such. Everything we have gotten here has been AMAZING (except the fajitas, but fajitas never taste like much from what I have experienced in several different places, they're just fun to get because of the appearance). Okay so to start, the chips and salsa are by far the best I've ever had, then we always get the bean dip, which is also delicious. Over the years, we have probably ordered over half the menu, and everything is amazing, but by far, my favorite is the chicken in pipian sauce. Omg it is so delicious! I order corn tortillas and sour cream and make a little taco thing and it's just fantastic. Their chorizo is great, the soup with cactus that comes in the lava bowl is a favorite. It's just all good. So good.
The only drawback is the service. They are always so friendly and it seems like they have plenty of staff, but it sometimes does take a long time to order, or get a refill. We have learned over the years that you need to ask for what you want right away and you may need to repeat yourself. But they are always nice and try their best, it isn't as though they don't care, they're just soooo busy because they're sooooo good! You need to anticipate what you'll need in the next ten minutes and ask for it, so by the time you need it, they'll have brought it. It's sort of like mellow mushroom...they've got THE BEST Food in town, so customers are willing to deal with the slow service because you know your meal is gonna ROCK!
Seriously, la botana is the best in Winston (and the best Mexican I have ever had in North America) I'm not a big fan of chains and I'm not fond of Americanized Mexican food, so if that's what you're in the market for, this may not be your favorite Mexican spot. If you love the real deal though, try it out and go in with the understanding that your are there for the food and friendliness, not to get in and out very quickly with 5 star service.
It's the best!!
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