Very good food from a concise menu in an interesting environment. I have recommended this place to others and look forward to eating there again.
Highs: the mole chicken (the best mole I've ever had and the chicken was tender and succulent); the lengua tacos (good enough for a 4-year-old to enjoy); the Dia de la Muerte decor; the frendliness of the staff; the rich and flavorful pork torta.
Lows: the queso fundido (tasted more like a bland alfredo), and the salsa was good enough but didn't have the fresh-herb/ingredient pop that the food did. They do need to tighten up the service routine, but we didn't have anything like the bad experiences described by others.
Miscellaneous: lots of parking, easy to get to, the owner seems well-involved and did come out and talk to us for a while.
Lunchless On Cinco De Mayo!
We had high hopes for this restaurant. The reviews said Excellent Authentic Food! I should have read more reviews.We will never know as no one wanted to service us lunch! I remained determined even after walking into a dark somewhat uninviting bar atmosphere. That has been misleading before, but not this time.
We were seated by a gentleman with some pretty interesting eyebrows painted on above his made up eyes. They were impressive. He gave us our menus and took our drink order. The first indicator of a problem were the cold greasy chips that were delivered to the table. Then.....
That was the end of anyone coming to our table. My husband noticed the gentleman with the makeup taking an order from a Hispanic couple that came in after we did and had their drinks already. After 15 minutes, we got up, still nothing to drink, to find the original gentleman standing behind the bar talking with a bar patron (who was not there when we arrived and already had his drink). He stood there and looked at us as I approached him and I said, "I'm sorry but we have to leave but I am starving.". His deer in the headlights response was, "Okay". We went down the street to La Nortena, we were greeted like we were welcome, had great service, and an excellent lunch. Ole'!!
Just order a 1/4 chicken plate and you will be happy... especially if you add an order of plantains. So delicious, so filling. Sure, the restaurant decor is nothing to write home about, but nothing in that area of N. Charleston is all that nice. The people that run Pollo Tropical are super friendly with good service though. If you want good food, check this place out!
Juanita Greenbergs is a jewel on King St. Its got a sign out front that invites a dog friendly atmosphere. The staff enures that the restaurant is kept spotless and sanitary, and food is delivered promptly to your table in virtually no time. Its a place where you can let your kids run around out back and play hide and seek, while you enjoy your favorite margarita in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. The patio area smells of Carolina Jasmine, as it is growing on the walls around the outdoor seating. I would recommend that anyone and everyone come enjoy this place. Also every Wednesday night one of the best female vocalists in town performs free to anyone who will listen, So come out and see Jordan Igoe and Friends. It will change your life. If you dont like the atmosphere clearly stated on the chalkboard out front, then go to McDonald's...lookin at you, Beth.
I just tried five chicken tacos for $7.50. They were perfect!!!
Juanita Greenberg's Nacho Royale was an experience I wish I had walked out on.
Our table at the King street location was not just dirty, it was filthy. There were at least 3 dogs in the restaurant. Children were running around and playing hid and seek with vacant tables. Obviously the children should be corrected by the parents, but the restaurant manager should be able to instruct its patrons to reign their children in.
Our server was negligent at best. Perhaps ADD? With the college crowd there, her thoughts were less on taking my order for my children and myself and more on adjusting her short shorts and posing for the frat boys. I think in the process she forgot to put our order in, b/c the food took a huge amount of time for a round of appetizers and a child's meal. We were seated outside and could smell garbage and urine smells. Why I sat through until the food came out, is obvious, I had a hungry family to feed and was not that familiar with the options in the immediate area. My daughter with leg braces can only walk so far at times. I am mad at my dumb luck for wandering into a dirty, dirty, restaurant that honestly didn't care if I was there or not.
Will NOT be back, will never suggest to anyone.. And it is firmly on my top 3 WORST in Charleston. Avoid.
We waited until Hubby and I had a chance to try this without kids for a weekday lunch.
I was craving fish tacos and was SO disappointed when my meal arrived. It was akin to fish sticks in a corn tortilla. The 'sauce' was not so nice either. For 4 bucks a taco I felt ripped off. I do NOT ever recommend "Taco Boy" and I live within 3 miles of the Folly location. The "mexican" food in Charleston is sorely lacking. Tco BOy and Juanita Greenberg's are tied for gross, sub par food. At least Taco Boy is clean and dog free. JG was like eating in a dirty alley next to a garbage can.
Taco Boy makes my rump go oyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! Maybe if they snuck Taco Bell in their back door, might spruce up the place?
I am not a big fan of any of REV's restaurants, but decided to give Taco Boy dt another try earlier this week. I think it's really the atmosphere that makes this place and that's the only reason people should go, if they don't want to be extremely disappointed. The food was absoutely terrible and took over an hour to reach our table (at 9pm on a Monday?!) I ordered a shrimp quesadilla and I didn't know something so simple could be so awful. Two of us ended up physically sick afterward so needless to say, I won't be going back.
This is a beautiful place with great atmosphere, but the food was salty, the tortilla soup and the bean soup, they were salty, we all tried it and we all agree the food was salty. The prices are high and the food was not that great, my fish taco had no fish practically! The menu said you get your choice of corn tortilla or flour tortilla but we were not asked, we all got what we got!. The salsa's were tasty, but the service was blaze, we had to ask for napkins, imagine that. And to top it all, they serve NO COFFEE! What a Mexican outfit does not serve coffee, I ask? It was 5:30 PM, I wanted coffee after my mediocre dinner and the waiter said, "Sorry mam, we serve no coffee"! what happened to service? Why can't they have a coffee pot and make coffee to enjoy with the "Tres Leches" cake, whish was good, I admit, but they had no coffee. They were aiming to sell cheap beer? Bad business ethics, mediocre service, over priced.
Best Mexican food in Charleston ! Good service, amazing food and smooth music on Friday nights. You can tell the management really has a handle on things. Nice lighting and relatively quiet even at full capacity. I grew up in Charleston and this is by far this freshest and zestiest set up I've ever had. Their salsa and guac are great, decent beer selection. Don't be to proud for Rivers Ave., you won't be disappointed !
the food is seriously great! we started at the one downtown. the service sucked but the food was so good, we went back. there is no doubt that they take forever and dont fill your glass near as much as Americans would prefer, but this is the only place i would say it is worth it. we moved closer to summerville and are ecstatic that there is one close, so for the past three years we have been happy customers. summerville isnt packed like downtown so we get much better service.
Sadly it's slipping badly. I live in Wagener Terrace and we used to go there a few times a week. As it became more popular we stopped bothering with the crowds. Last week I was working late so we decided to stop in at the downtown location for dinner. After waiting about 10 minutes for a table I finally had to ask someone to clear one for us. We were seated beside the bar and our drink order taken, and someone return promptly to drop menus and give us our drinks. 15 minutes later we saw the guy wandering aimlessly. I walked up to the bar directly in front of where he was standing and when he saw me he turned and walked away to pick up some plates of food. I finally had to go to the guy behind the register to place our order.
I love Santi as a person and I wish him nothing but the best. Something really needs to happen with the restaurant, though, because it's become a complete joke. I will never be back.
WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER ! How are they opening up a 3rd location if they are stiffing people on restaurant.com coupons ? The owner needs to take some business courses, and the Summerville location is a complete joke ! The fans of the downtown location are preppy/trendy white kids who obviously have never eaten mexican food in California.
Unlimited Cheese dip on the buffet!!!!!! What else do I need to say. Love the lunch buffet.
pretty legit, as far as hole in the wall mexican places go. a solid menu and chill atmosphere make it easy to become a regular PDQ. the chorichanga is on point, and not something i've seen elsewhere around Charleston. prices are on the cheap side of average. they will start closing down around you if you're still there at 9 on a weeknight, though. some fridays too. guess this just means they need more business! so go!
I cannot believe El Dorado has only one review.
I love El Dorado for may reasons...but the food is first.
Family run. Great service. Consistent food. Generous proportions. Moderate pricing.
I have been ordering the same few items for 15 yrs. Always good...never had a 'bad' meal or lousy service. EVER. I grew up eating Mexican, both in California & Arizona before moving here. It is like coming home.
Pretty standard fare...Americanized Mexican...nothing fancy. Try the Pollo Jalisco. Crumbled chorizo over a chicken breast and covered in molten Mexican cheeses.
Now my 11 year old son is hooked on their chicken tacos with crunchy shells.
Give it a try.
One more quick comment...
I am dubious of all the hype by the City Paper. Very enthusiastic & glowing early on.
Next time I will not give much weight to the CP opinion on Mexican food.
I can see the potential but very disappointing. I've waited about a month to cool down and post this.
I had a bad feeling when I walked in and was asked If I had 'reservations'. Place was maybe 1/2 full(or half empty).
Slow inattentive service, but friendly. Our wait person had a poor grasp of the English language. I inquired if meal came w/ rice, beans, or both, as the menu does not specify. Waiter had to go ask...tells me neither...so I order a side of rice. Lo & behold, I get a side of rice, and rice & beans on entree plate. Presidente Marg on menu is non-existant, they only have Jaurez tequila. Again, waiter had to go ask. We were never asked for fresh drinks after our initial order. Seems everything went that way. I can only say food was OK, my plate came out later than the other meals, was lukewarm, and dry...which pretty much killed it. I had chicken enchiladas. I've had better.
A highlight was the chips. Waiter set them on the table and pushed them towards wall where the candle ignited the wax paper liner. He had to throw them on the floor to put the flames out. Muy flammable.
They must have known we were unhappy as Management comp-ed our drinks. Still about $34...2 entrees, nachos, and a side o' rice. After 1st experience not too motivated to go back.
Best Mexican food in town.
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