La Mesa is a tough restaurant to review. It's very reasonably priced, and they can serve up good reliable standard entrees, such as their enchiladas. On the other hand, their chimichunga borders on inedible on bad days, their fried ice cream is a mess, their beans are consistently runny, and their rice is usually too dry. By FAR the strongest point of the restaurant is their selection of tequila and the knowledgeablility of their bar staff. If you want a primer on how to appreciate fine tequila, this is the place to go, bar none. I spent an afternoon there once chatting with the bartender about appreciating the various varieties of the underappreciated drink; by the time I left, I had been well-schooled by most of the staff. Without exaggeration, I received more education that afternoon than I would expect at a high-caliber wine tasting. That said, while it's far from a truly bad restaurant (I have lived next door for six years with no horror stories), it's not a really good one, either.