“Don’t sugar coat it ELV, give it to us straight,” is probably what you’re thinking to yourself right now.
Okay, we will…in as few words as possible…because this replacement for Cafe Ba Ba Reeba isn’t worth the time or effort it’s taking to type these words.
There’s a special place in Restaurant Hell reserved for the corporate connivers (in this case the folks at Lettuce Entertain You) who foist mediocre Mexican food on the world in the name of “branding” whatever lame-ass “concept” they dream up in their board rooms.
How else to explain minuscule street tacos, made with rubbery corn tortillas, the worst, blandest, chunkiest and most half-assed guacamole we’ve had since the last time we were hungover and half-mashed an avocado in its own shell, an oversweet, weak, $14 “organic” margarita, queso fundido with completely unseasoned ground beef instead of chorizo, rice held together with gummy cheese, under-seasoned carne asada, over-cooked mahi mahi, and salsas that Roberto’s Taco Shops put to shame.
On the plus side they play the music too loud, the chairs are too small, and everything’s overpriced. The tres leches cake was the highlight of the meal, although it’s still not in the same league as Border Grill’s.
Mad Man Mancini said it best in yesterday’s City Life: “…subpar service, average (he was being kind) food, and repeated price gouging.”
You have been warned.
Our lunch for two came to $65, including one margarita and a $12 tip.
EL SEGUNDO SOL
At the Fashion Show Mall