As the operator of Zia Taqueria I feel the new review in the Dish Guide for Zia Taqueria is unfair and a personal attack against us. Zia Taqueria is a counter-service concept and I am very sorry about any and all frustration that our customers have about the system. The bar seats and high-tops are full service so please grab a seat here and we will provide you full service. If this was a full service restaurant we would have very long waits for tables and have no place for you to relax while you wait for your table. This system allows us to handle a larger number of customers and offer exceptional quality at moderate prices. If you would like to get more drinks from the table please start a tab at the counter and the floor assistants and manager will be happy to assist you throughout your dining experience. I can not express how proud I am of the concept and the way it has been received by Charlestonians. We plan to be here for many years to come and appreciate all your support. Thanks.
Is it just me, or does Santi's seem to be going downhill? I've been going to the downtown location since they opened and it's definitely not as good. Salsa is bland. I don't think good Mexican food downtown is too much to ask.
Two words: pollo ranchero. This is a real meal. I can never order anything else at Santi's. Moist and savory 1/4 chicken comprised of traditional dark meat dripping in spicy ranchero sauce and accompanied by rice, guac salad and those delicious refries. Try it, you'll like it.
I have never been to the one in Summerville, but if it as dirty as you say it is, there need to be some changes. The one on meeting street I find to be quite clean, and I look around for dirty restaurants, i won't usually go back. Except for waffle and huddle houses, they are always dirty and I still go back sometimes.
The food here is, OK. Probably a cut above most standard Mexican fare in Charleston. I go to the one in Summerville though, and I'm sorry. Its, uh, just plain dirty. Cobwebs and dead flies in windows. Odd stains on cloth work everywhere. I'm thinkin', OK, they don't care about cleanliness in this regard, does that apply to the food too?
Totally disagree with Redblood. Love being able to pay up front for the food and not wait for someone to bestow me with a check. In regards to Flatpick, that totally sucks, but nothing like that has ever happened to me in the many times I've been there. The red sauce is to die for, though I agree that they need to give the cilantro a bit of a break on some of the items (does my guacamole really need to be festooned with so much cilantro?). I go there only during the day and the service is great..don't know about night. If you don't like this place, my question is, where is the better Mexican(ish) food in Charleston? Santi? I don't think so...
Place is horrible! Bit into my enchilada and to my surprise the crunchy sound was a piece of glass. The cashier didn't care or offer any condolences. Stay away!
Barberito's is ok, but not that great. The best burrito place I use to go to in Clemson, would steam your Burrito after it was rolled, so the insides were hot. They should really consider this because there warm to cold burritos are really sub par. The salsa has tons of Cilantro which is bad for me and a lot people because some people genetically has a disposition to cilantro. Its in everything these days though. Also, good burrito places carry hot sauces for you to add to your burrito. All they have is there cilantro infused salsa which aren't spicy or that good to begin with.
I don't know how you could say this is like any strip mall Mexican restaurant. It is so far ahead of those places I can't even go to them anymore. You can see everything cooked on the stove right in front of you. There aren't 15 microwaves going like any other Mexican places. Everything is big and delicious, and the pork is great. Its like stewed pork chunks and lots of them. Best Mexican food I have ever had, I just wish there was one of James Island. Thank you so much for opening a good Mexican restaurant, why would anyone ever eat at La hacienda ever again.
This place is not that great, the ordering system is stupid, and the food in slightly overpriced. I would go next door to savory for a better meal.
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
nuttier than a squirrel turd. Food is great. the bartenders are fine.
Best fish tacos around, worst bartender around. Notice all the other comments about poor service from the female bartender(rhymes with Hat) below. Not only does she make it obvious she doesn't want to be there, she doesn't want you there either. But damn those are some good fish tacos.
I agree that the food is excellent but the confusion over the self serve vs. traditional restaurant throws people off.....it appears to be a high end restaurant yet they demand self-service....it either is a traditional restaurant or it is a self-serve restaurant where you don't feel as obligated to give a tip because somebody shoved a drink 5 inches across the bar to you.....it can't be both....I vaguely remember something somewhat nasty written on the tip jar as well which I found to be obnoxious considering the setup..... On a side note,to be located so close to a playground,Zia also isn't very kid friendly(think of the mothers who would love to grab a quick bite to eat to take to the playground with them).....The food was excellent but my friend and I have yet to return because quite frankly there wasn't one thing on the menu we felt the kids would enjoy.....I ordered my daughter ( age 4) nachos and even they were weird and she didn't touch them....I did find myself thinking about my chicken quesadilla for several days afterwards.....but I have yet to go back and that is what will make a restaurant successful.....repeat customers. Just my two cents.
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...
Im sick of getting fleeced in Charleston...
A side of rice for two bucks should not come in a small dixie cup.
Really, can't you provide a bowl or plate of RICE for the same price???
Was going to rate 2 stars for almost OK, but the rice thing really annoyed me.
Wow! Two bartenders, one with a bad attitude and the other, well, she wouldn't even make eye contact, much less take an order. Frozen Margueritas? "No," she said "the machines been broken for weeks," she said. Ahh, customer-caring management. The Salsa and the Barracho Beans were fine as long as you consider them a condiment for your Cilantro. All in all, not bad if you don't mind chronic bad attitude and cilantro....... but next time I'll go somewhere else.
I have lived in Mexico and lived in Southern California. I keep trying to get good Mexican food here in Charleston. It is a challenge! I feel this is the best we have had. Not many choices on the menu but the carnitas tacos were excellent and very much like something you would find in Mexico. Great salsa and chips. I will certainly go back again.
To "word": Sorry to hear you had a bad experience. There is one particular bartender who always seems to have an attitude. The rest, however are always attentive. Never had a service issue, nor a food quality issue. Everyone has an off day, I suppose
The food at Zia used to be worth putting up with the terrible service/bad attitude from the bartender. Not any longer. The food, while still good, has slipped a notch, and the bartender's attitude has become unbearable. Everyone has a bad day every now and then. She seems to have a bad day every day.
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