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Posted by Born In Tejas on 12/01/2005
As my screen name says, I was born and raised in Texas, and guess what, so is the guy that started this restaurant. When I heard about this place I was a bit skeptical. But I tried it, and always bring my friends here. (going tonight as a matter of fact) It's not pretentious. It's not gourmet. It's not overly ambitions. But it IS...DAMN good, and the prices are great.
Posted by Pancho on 11/19/2005
The menu looked authentic enough to lure me in. The location is pretty sweet too (caveat - around the corner from me). Thoroughly a hole in the wall; the service was slow, inattentive, but accommodating. Being that I was the only one in there for a 10 minute window (the slow period just before dinner rush), it was a little odd that the service was so aloof. That, I would say, was the only downside. Homemade corn chips and delicious, chunky, spicy salsa were supplied graciously to hold me over. The margarita (rocks) was pretty good, but lacked the requisite amount of ice. I ordered nachos, which didn't come, but received my enchiladas suizas (chicken) after a substantial wait. It was worth it. The enchiladas platter contained 3 generous enchiladas stuffed w. chicken, doused in green chile sauce, topped w. a white cheese (queso fresco?) and sour cream. Delicious. I was absolutely sated. Even the fact that the refried beans amounted to a paste and a pseudo-appetizing side of rice remained untouched, I was full and hooked on ah! chihuahua's. As with all scientific experiments, they must be repeated for validity, so the verdict is still out, but those enchiladas were effin' good.
Posted by THE MEXPERT on 11/18/2005
Meals here are spotty, and I never trust ground beef or premade taco shells. However, there are glimmers of authenticity and old fashioned know-how if you look in the right places. The salsa is watery, yes (not necessarily the mark of a bad salsa) but flavored well and subtly authentic. The enchiladas are very passable as good mexican but, again, I avoid all ground beef. The rice (appropriately 'long grain', I plan to address this in my Blockheads review), beans, and chips are also passable to good, the combination of which is extremely hard to find in NYC. Rice is not supposed to be fancy, people, it's rice. Authentic rice is never bland, but never more than a complement, so let's not get carried away. And even one of my NYC favorites, Lupes, has chips that leave something to be desired. While you can't order everything on the menu, you can dance around certain weaker spots and come away having eaten good chips and salsa, a meat dish and satisfying rice and beans which is nothing to shake a stick at in this icy, barren mexican foodscape.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/29/2005
Starting with the guacomole: I would say it was bland, but for the taste of past-its-prime tomato. The salsa, also made with rotten tomato, was too watery. My chicken fajitas were greasy. Even the rice -- usually a safe stand-by at any decent Mexican restaurant -- was subpar. The delivery man spoke not one word of English -- didn't even understand "do you have a pen". The person who took my order on the phone was rude. I really cannot find one decent thing to say about this place.
Posted by From Texas on 08/07/2005
Lived in NYC for nearly 10 years and have searched and searched for decent tex mex; it doesn't exist here. Having said that I just had to review this place. The greasiest and most bland I've had. Just can't say anyhting good about what we tried.
Posted by Weary Traveler on 07/02/2005
This was a refreshing hole in the wall. In a city full of overpriced dining, this place reminds you of a small mexican restuarant that could be in any city in the US. The portions were huge and we could have shared if we had known. The margaritas were good. The food was good. Well worth the money, but don't expect expect fine dining.
Posted by Cappy on 05/19/2005
I love this place! My friends and I have been going for years. I also order in at work all the time from here. The food is excellent. I read all the reviews and all the negative reviews are so NOT true! The restaurant is very small, but worth the trip.