I would disgree with the size difference noted above. Have been here twice. Did not like the what I ordered the first time. Went back, I give any place two chances, same thing, did not like food. Obviously what I put in my burrito is different that what others may put in theirs. All things equal my burrito at Moe's is better. Moe's will crush Gringo's when it moves up here.
I have got to agree with everyone else on this one...Zia is the bomb. When I went, the chips were crunchy, the salsa was delicious, and the taco's were also great. I had no complaints. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that i'm not that generous :)
Food was good, not sure it was worth the 45 minute wait. Was glad to see they didn't over use cilantro in anything I tried. My one complaint is that the music was SO loud that I couldn't hear anyone at my table. I tried to tell the waitress several times that the volume was excessive, but she couldn't hear me (isn't that a clue?) so I gave up.
Loved the restroom - men and women in the same room. I could tell the men were more put off than women. LOL
Overall, good food but I'd probably get take out next time to save my voice.
Jessica, I respectfully suggest you give Zia another try. When you actually cook your own chips, sometimes they do get oily/retain oil...that doesn't make them "stale". If you get a "bad" batch, nut up and ask for some more. I also respectfully suggest you re-examine the salsa, which, under any circumstances during my dozens of times happily consuming it, could never be described as "ketchup-y".
Zia is among the very best Mexican/southwest fare in Charleston, and it's one of the things I really miss since I moved to Mt. P.
My boyfriend and I go to Zia's on a regular basis.
The food is always of a high quality, fresh ingredients, friendly staff.
They have the best grilled fish tacos in Charleston!
The best SALSA in CHARLESTON hands down!
actually, your opinion and writing style bore me.
The atmosphere at Taco Boy is fantastic. They were very busy, but we were seated promptly, and the service was good.
The chips were fresh, but the salsa had an overabundance of dried oregano. I had the Taco Boy salad with flank steak and roasted poblano dressing, and it was delicious. My boyfriend had the carne asada taco and the grilled chicken taco, and while they tasted fresh, they were lacking in flavor.
Of the three Mexican restaurants I've been to, I prefer Uno Mas to Taco Boy and Zia Taqueria.
I'm guessing that foodieexperience did not read my 4 and 5 star reviews for Kim's, The Glass Onion, Uno Mas, Cru Cafe, and Samos Taverna.
The previous poster has done nothing but complain about Charleston restaurants since moving here...take it with a grain of salt. I've been to Zia numerous times and have always had great experiences with the food and the service. Zia and Santi are the closest to authentic as it gets. Real foodies order guacamole (made to order) anyway...
The chips were stale and the salsa was ketchup-y, but the tortilla soup was tasty. The woman with whom I placed my order was quite cold; the service could be greatly improved.
Once again, the Nosh Mob gets it right...
This restaurant sucks, it really sucks and has no place in Charleston. The chicken was burnt, service was bad and it was really expensive. Do not spend $1 there, you will regret it. Oh yeah, there was a roach that crawled under my table. Nuff said.
If you love meat cook on a grill this is the place to eat. the chicken and ribs marinated and seasoned and oh so good. Pollo also has fried plantains cooked brown and caramelized with a little crunch, there is also yucca, tostones, black beans and rice. They serve some latin standards like tacos,quesadillas as well as a spicy/fruity shrimp tropical. I have tried the other things but the big bang is the grilled chicken go ahead and order a whole bird so you can take some home. I have used ,my leftovers in quesadillas, soup, pot pie... I could go on about how great this place is but you should try it yourself. During the day you can watch the latin soap opera's with the local latin population or in the evening's they play salsa music. Don't forget to order a mango drink to wash it all down with! Go Now!!
I visited Taco Boy downtown for their opening pre-party, and have been back to visit a few times.
The downtown location fails at being a restaurant that serves great food. Their mexican offerings just are not very appetizing and as others have pointed out EXTREMELY overpriced. The only offering that I have really liked was the nachos with chorizo, a dish that I can honestly say is stellar. I have sampled every taco and they most really are lacking in flavor.
Their margarita selections are a joke. Honestly I would be embarrassed to serve that green water and call it a margarita. Other drinks are expensive and not at all strong. They are VERY weak. Last time I visited I ordered the "Cadillac" which is supposed to be a step up from the standard offering with top-shelf alcohol. It wasn't good.
The 2 stars are for the ambiance and the bar. It is a very cool spot, and the bar area is a hip place. It is ashame the food and drinks are sub par.
Santis is just up the road, and their food has so much more flavor and costs half as much as Taco Boy. Cheap and delicious margaritas too that no one would ever dare call watered down.
If you are serious about decent mexican food keep driving up meeting street to Santis. If you are more worried about looking cool while you dine on crummy food then Taco Boy is your spot.
Love this place, a little on the expensive side but still fantastic. Make sure you get the salsa sampler
I've eaten here twice and I've had fantastic meals and attentive servers. The chips are fresh and light, and the salsa is unique and smokey. The traditional guacamole was creamy and comforting. The sopa de lima is one of the best soups I've ever had: what a fantastic medley of flavors. The quesadillas are crisp and not overly cheesy. The sirloin tacos have a fantastic sweet-sour flavor.
A great place for lunch with very large portions of tasty food. I'd compare them directly to Moe's (the chain of burrito places) honestly... airy, kinda noisy, similar menu, salsa bar, you know that old chestnut. The prices are higher at Gringo's but you get larger portions, so that's fair. The salsas are tasty, however limited in selection if you don't like spiciness. The chips were crispy, the ingredients fragrant and flavorful, and the service quick.
It seems popular for Sunday, post-church families as we were far from the only ones with little kids. It is well suited for them, with wide aisles and stimulating surroundings.
Hint: if you want tofu as your "meat," just get the vegetarian version of whatever you want and add tofu as a vegetable. They have it but it wasn't on the menu.
That is the biggest best burrito I have ever had. I am addicted
Having lived in LA and San Antonio, I can tell you that this shit is real....and I don't mean one that is catered to the white population. Any mexican resturaunt that serves menudo on a daliy basis, and cooks it as well as La Nortena, has got to be 5 star rated in my book. Every menu item is as good as home......Texas has their Tex-Mex, and Cali has their own flavors.... But.... La Nortena also has their own...
If you truly want real Mexican Food then you've got to try them....I don't know about their other location on Rivers, but the one on Ashley Phosphate is great...
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