Not at all impressed!! We were a party of four.....ONE small chip and ONE small hot sauce per table?? I asked for another hot sauce and the waitress told me she should charge us for that. The table next to us took chips and hot sauce from another table and she told them she was suppose to charge for that! Chips and hot sauce are cheap and flow freely in ANY Mexican food restaurant I have ever been in. The whole thing was just ridiculous.
Please please please, keep this advice. I took my family of five and not one of us were pleased. We've had our share with mishaps but this was byfar the worst. We sampled five different entrees and not one of them was even acceptable. I have two boys that will eat any and everything and even they struggled to eat their entree. The service was poor and the wait staff could not have cared less that we were there. They managed to mess up a margarita and an enchilada order. I find those to be staples of mexican cuisine. We were recommended this resturaunt by our hotel. We are normally not a family to complain but I feel it nessisary to waste your time or money.
P.S their tortillas are store bought. ( told by server)
Dined here on 7/27/07. Fantastic meal; For $32 two of us had a large margarita, iced tea,the enchilada plate and fajitas for one. Also, beans, calabacitas (excellent), tortillas, sopapillas, chips and salsa. The fajitas alone would have been enough. The enchilada sauce was very good and the sopapillas, drizzled with honey, made an incredible contrast with the spicy sauce. Great intro to New Mexican cooking.
Very load, and boisterous. This place has been here for 20 years so; they must be doing something right. They�ve recently renovated and the place does smack of new for sure but, oddly laid out is about the only think that comes to mind. The help has to twist and bend to bring trays to the corner tables but, frankly they don�t seem to mind. We were there on the Saturday before July 1st. We got there at 7:30 or so and probably 20 folks were standing in the lobby waiting to get in. The lovely hostess told us 20 minutes and we had a nice booth in about 15.
First test of a �the locals eat here� southwestern restaurant is the meet and greet. Must include chips and salsa automatically and the obligatory margarita menu. The chips were home made and the salsa was great; instant fireworks went off in the mouth. My request for a �top shelf� margarita was met with an odd smirk and �we have a margarita, that�s it� I said �one size fits all?� Our server nodded. �I�ll take one.� I�ve spent a hole lot more for a margarita and I have to tell you, Tortilla Flats� are really, really good, especially for the price. They are a purist, minimalist margarita made with only the best Triple Sec, and Ta�kill ya. I had two. Not too strong and really, really tasty.
Next came the entr�es. My mate had cheese enchiladas with calavacita (uniquely cool ancient southwestern dish of squash, corn, and cheese), black beans and some guacamole. She had red chili on the side because we were worried about the disclaimer in the menu about the establishment not being liable for chili that was too hot. We found that the red chili was really hot. Probably too hot for a significant proportion of the tourist population but we really loved it. It had an amazingly complex flavor that was not overwhelmed by the heat.
I had the Santa Fe Trail steak (Ribeye with cheese, caramelized onions, and green chili.) with black beans and calavacita. This was also spectacular with amazingly good green chili combined with the onions and cheese. The steak was an excellent example of a ribeye cooked to perfection. If this is an example of what an adventurer might have found in 19th century Santa Fe after trudging the Santa Fe Trail for who knows how many months you can see why the city has been as popular as it has for so long.
We loved this place and will return and recommend it to our friends.
The place is popular with locals, who know what a good New Mexican food is And rightly so. The margaritas are great, the fajitas are amazing, and the stuffed peppers are just right. To top it off, it'll cost you $30 for a brunch/dinner for two people -- very reasonable. Beware -- you may need to wait a long-long time for a Sundaya brunch; try to beat the crowds.
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