i've had a different experience at zia.. i think the bartenders are charming and some of the female ones are drop-dead beautiful. they've served me with grace and charm, and sometimes even pretend to flirt with me despite how obnoxious i can be. i've had nothing but a pleasant experience, but then again i'm easily blinded by beauty. the food is pretty good too
Absolutely...the BEST chicken torta in town, price $5 even.
They made a chicken burrito for me even though it was not on the menu, again most excellent. Eat-in lacks atmosphere, but when the food is this good... does it matter? Reminds me of eating in Mexico and Arizona at family run joints.
Now, a standard stop on a trip to far North Chuck, usually to go.
Give it a try...
Myself and some friends had dinner at Zocalo earlier this week, the food was great , the service was awesome and drinks were jam up. If you want to go somewhere that has authentic street food this is the place, i have eaten a lot of Mexican food in this town and this place hits it on the nose, and as a far as the service goes, we had the big guy as our server, i think his name is dillon(sp?), he is def the go to guy for awesome service and knowledge of tequila. we will definitely be back to zocalo often for great service and food !!!
caliente's location is out there.. but SO good! the puffy tacos are awesome & the entire menu is reasonably priced. Random- but their fried ice cream is really good too!!
BEST MEXICAN I HAVE EVER HAD!!! The chicken tostadas were quite tastey. The chicken is juicy and everything else is fresh. At other mexican restaurants is seems like all the dishes are made in the morning and when you order them they just stick the entire dish in a heater and boom...your meal. Definitely not the case at Santi's! Love this place and I've gone back again and again. Great atmosphere and wait staff!
Best "standard" Mexican food in Charleston, hands down. The vegetables and meat seem MUCH more fresh than at La Ha, Senor Tequila, etc. Awesome salsa and MUCH friendlier service than any of these places, as well.
Zia's is amazing! They often have the pollo verde on special and it is basically shredded, amazingly flavored chicken with I believe a tomatillo sauce. Their margaritas are an exceptional value and they use fresh lime juice. Also, their salsa is the best I have ever had in a restaurant. Just the right amount of spice.... I think I may go there for dinner tonight!
I'm back again just making sure I start this New Year off right; I just posted a comment about this little gem of an eatery and somehow forgot to give it the FIVE STAR review it deserves.
So, I just DID give it five stars. If you haven't tried it, you're definitely missing out... and they even have live music by Dangermuffin on Wednesday evenings sometimes... so radddd!
Jadegirl (A.K.A. Greenway Studio)
Have no idea what the other two reviewers are talking about. The food is GREAT and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The portions are generous. This place is definitely worth the 25 minute drive from downtown any day.
This is a really cool spot! My husband and I are now regulars. We have tried almost everything on the menu and are thouroughly satisfied. Things are definately different from your typical Mexican restaurants so don't bring your preconcieved notions about what you think it should be. Instead, be open to trying some great quality, creative food.
Loved it! After spending half the day in the water boogie boarding with the family, we made out way to The Taco Boy. Service was great and so was the food!
Anyone that is local, or loves Mexican, knows that Santi's is the Shiz. The wait staff never gets it wrong, they are seriously good at what they do. Very friendly, attentive, etc. The drinks are SERIOUSLY awesome. KILLER chips and salsa, for real.
Always a good time.
BUT: Beware when ordering to go. Not recommended for Santi's. They do not pack stuff correctly, and it somehow doesnt make it to the other end...but that is Mexican..its hard to keep hot and fresh and not messy.
Anyway, back to how yummy it is.
WAYYYYYY better than Taco Boy!! Not even close really, and those who are local and really know, know.
There was a terrible shortage of great Mexican fare in Charelston until Caliente came to town. My wife and I love this place and have probably been 4-5 times since it opened a bit over a month ago. I'd already placed a great review for Caliente but I see it was removed?
Anyway, where else are you going to get a beef brisket chimichonga with chipotle sour cream? I love the puffy tacos and at this point I've had just about everything on the menu and it has all been consistently great. These folks are working hard and even though they are new, they are providing a great experience.
I don't know about you, but I go to a restaurant for the food, not the drinks and if you are complaining for paying an arm and a leg for alcohol then pre-game before you go out. This is a boutique eating establishment, not a hole in the wall bar. And you won't find Mexican this good at this price anywhere else.
Adam M. (don't delete me please, I have no affiliation with Caliente other than the fact that I love Mexican food)
the taco spot is AWESOME. Such a great hole in the wall, nothing on the menu over $6.99. Blackened chicken tacos are my fav, and burritos are big and delicious. This is a great local business trying hard to make it happen.
Five stars! Great food!
You'll lick your eyebrows !
Always delicious, cheap food... get the twice baked potato cake as your side...
Great food. Weekdays they have a super lunch buffet from 11 to 2:30 for less than $6 and a nice salad bar included. you will get fat ! :-)
Anything you wait to eat gets soggy, so I don't think that's a fair critique of the Taco Spot considering it was your fault for waiting to eat. The tortillas certainly are not soggy when they are served. the Taco Spot has great vegetarian options. The Spicy Ginger is the best vegetarian wrap I've had in years. Also, the Veg taco on a crunchy corn shell is THE BEST. I also love black bean quesadillas. VERY vegetarian friendly. I love the blackened chicken taco on soft flour. So so so good.
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.
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