When in the Rio Grande Valley we are regular (as in weekly) visitors to the original Arturo's Restaurant in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico where we have a favorite waiter and enough favorite dishes that we have trouble deciding what to order.
Friends regularly asked us to compare the two restaurants for them, and we had to admit we had never the US one. We decided last week to try it, and once is enough.
Here is our assessment:
House Margarita on the rocks - UGH! Obviously made with sugar-laden bottled margarita mix with an almost undetectable amount of tequila. No sign of Controy or triple sec. (In Mexico - made with fresh tequila, Controy & fresh lime juice.)
The atmosphere - you are in an old house, a couple of tables per room, nicely decorated. Unfortunately, the acoustics amplified conversation in the next room so we could barely hear each other. (In Mexico, large rooms filled with bustling waiters & busboys, white tablcloths, and a steady hum of conversation.)
The food - Same menu, but we had to ask for pico de gallo to go with our chips. Food was OK - not hot enough when served - we attribute this to one waiter running between rooms & the kitchen to do his job.
The service - A little slow -as mentioned they were running between rooms.
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