I’ve seen some good reviews of this restaurant. It’s always interesting to read a review of a restaurant that is so vastly different from our own experience.
We frequently drive through Madras, Oregon, and we recently decided to try Mexican food there at Mexico City. We arrived on a weekday about halfway through the lunch hour. There was one person leaving when we got there and two people seated in the dining room, just getting ready to leave. There were no other customers in the restaurant, nor did any others arrive while we were there. The décor was pleasantly south-of-the-border, and the waiter was friendly. We were seated and given menus. We waited some length of time to get the waiter’s attention so that we could order 2 combination lunches, which were priced at $9.95 each. After ordering, we were given chips and salsa. This is not an exaggeration: the salsa, which was flavorful but watery, came in a tiny little bowl only partially filled - it couldn't have been more than about 2 ounces – probably 4 tablespoons or less! I asked about getting more salsa and was told by the waiter than salsa was 75 cents per additional bowl, and he stressed that “it says that in the menu”. We said OK. Another tiny bowl of salsa came, and we quickly finished that one as well. I asked the waiter if there was a charge for additional chips, and he said yes, and although we were willing to take his word for it, he brought over a menu to show us exactly where that information was located, and then he proceeded to tell us a very long story about someone who had ordered several extra salsas thinking there was no charge and then didn’t have enough money to pay for his meal, and so it had come out of the waiter’s paycheck, thus illustrating the havoc that can be wrought by greedy people expecting extra salsa for nothing. We ended up ordering more chips and a third tiny bowl of salsa while we waited for our food.
When the food finally arrived, it was quite bland. The rice was mushy and overcooked and appeared to be instant rice to which some bright orange color had been added . The cheese enchilada was small, fairly flavorless, and had very little cheese in it – it honestly took me a moment to realize that it was an enchilada. The chile relleno also had very little cheese and was battered in a thick, dry coating with a small bit of sauce on top that tasted like canned tomato soup. The refried beans, in their favor, were just fine. The waiter brought a jar of El Tapatio hot sauce to our table since I suppose it was clear that they weren’t going to get another seventy-five cents out of us for 2 more ounces of salsa.
No one checked back with us during the meal to see how everything was, and we finally gave up waiting to see the waiter again so that we could ask for the check, so we walked to the register. Once again, the waiter was quite pleasant, and he offered us sopaipillas, which we declined since by then we had long since finished eating and were on our way out.
There is virtually nothing that would compel us to ever go back to this restaurant again.
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