Food was tolerable but nothing spectacular and way overpriced. Service is slow and not very good. It's pretty much Taco Boy, but even more expensive with an "upscale" attitude because it has a lot of tequilas.
I live in the neighborhood and wanted this place to do well at first, but if they don't change direction, I'll be surprised if it lasts the winter once they close the patio.
If you're coming to East Montague for lunch or dinner, you should go to pretty much any other place on the street first. If you're looking for great Mexican food, go on down Spruill to Santi's, or up Rivers to La Nortena, and order the Mexican tacos. Much better food, much less pretensiousness.
My fiance and I have eaten at Zocalo several times and love it! The presentation is great, food's even better - the salad with jicama, pickled onions, and avacado is wonderful, as are the other dishes we've tried. I'm so glad to have an authentic Mexican place in the neighborhood, and look forward to summer margaritas on the patio with live Latin music!
They have a really good opportunity to have a cool restaurant but are slowly but surely blowing it. Every day I talk to neighbors in Park Circle that wonder how much longer they are going to be able to hang on. The sentiment is pretty consistent, food is good but inconsistent and service is usually nice but pretty slow and weak. Really would love to have another great restaurant on East Montague and Zocalo has the potential but just hasn't lived up to it yet.
I completely disagree. I think the food is great, the service is awesome and the drinks are always strong when I go there. Then again, I know what to order from frequenting the Folly Taco Boy: FROZEN SCREW DRIVERS BABY! Haha, no but really. I don't know what was going on when you 4 people went to Taco Boy, but all I have to say is bad reviews travel way quicker than good ones. For those of you who are reading this who haven't tried it: give it a try. Doubt you'll be disappointed.
Really wanted to love this place. Food and drinks were great, though took forever to get out. Service was terrible.
I've eaten at Zocalo three times since the soft opening and in general I'm impressed both with how together they were at the opening and how they've improved on any initial qualms I had. The addition of Steve Davidson (sp?) in the kitchen is noticeable. The interior decor is very adult and terrific for an evening out with friends. The patio, Like JoshL725 pointed out, is going to be awesome this summer! I look forward to them adding more in the non-meat realm but it is already pretty damn good.
Great lunch but limited menu. all taco options are meat. it would be nice if they had fish taco's and shrimp taco's on there. the patio is HUGE! this place will be rocking by summer time!
Pathetic.. one word to describe their fish tacos. The mahi fish that was in the taco was the size of my middle finger.. ONE little 1" x 4" piece.. less than an ounce of fish, nice lettuce though. The tortilla was gummy like it had been nuked in the microwave. I ate there a few months after they opened and there was at least 3 pieces of mahi fish in one taco then. What happened?? The marguerita I ordered, paying for quality tequila, was very scant on the tequila ... I had 2, so it was no mistake that it was light. Too bad mini-bottles are gone, at least you knew you were getting what you paid for. I love the outdoor space but come on, if you want dinner to be flour tortillas and chips and salsa, you will do well here. The place was packed last night but that should not be an excuse for their quality of food or drink if they want to keep people coming back. MHO.
Anyone who does not make me choose a Sangria or Margarita, but instead puts frozen margarita IN my Sangria, gets my vote. I love the large portion of delicious guacamole - - large enough that I don't resent sharing. The corn on the cob with the spicy sauce is just delicious. And the tacos make my inner foodie very happy.
taco boy blows ! terrible from every stand point !
Two words for anybody thinking of trying Taco Boy..."Taco Bell!!!"
Prices are too high and they changed the chips. The new stylechips are awful and talking to the waiter he confided that many people are complaining but the owners will not change back. Used to go there a couple of times a month, despite the high prices. Now we are going much less as the quality of food is slipping
I was considering going here for dinner this evening based on a colleague's praise, BUT decided to look in City Paper to see if they had any reviews. Boy, am I glad I did.
An expensive Mexican restaurant, in the hood..on Huger Street of all places??
..that sounds like a trap..
no, but seriously, just from reading these reviews, good or bad, they all pretty much say the same thing..the prices are ridiculous, and no free chips and salsa? wow. Im surprised.
Screw ambiance; that's supposed to be a plus.
Wow! I ordered a shrimp PLATTER ($14) and got 8 barely-quarter-sized shrimp that made just 2 tacos with the provided tortillas. That's 2 tacos at $7 each. (For those of you who think that's a deal, I've got a bridge to sell you.) I don't know of these are locally-sourced shrimp or not, but if they are, I didn't expect to be the only person paying for the shrimper to make his living — or maybe it's that Taco Boy doesn't feel the need to make their takeout orders worth it and have their customers return. I'll certainly never go there (or take out) again. [Footnote: I also got rice and black beans with the platter; however, flavor must have been an upgrade option on the menu that I missed seeing when ordering.]
This place is going on 4 years & they are still working hard just like day one!! Trust me... Same hard working, Excellent tasting food, & yummy drinks.
we love barberitos. better than moes - but yet so similar. tuesdays are kids eat free nights - we go often! friendly staff - they always seem to remember us. i always get the steak - whatever seasonings they use, mmmmm! prices are decent, but we will rarely go on a full price night.
Watery, tasteless components in most dishes. Three visits and couldn't find anything worthwhile to travel back. There are so many alternatives (and they can all be healthy if you order that way.) Zia, Santi and looking forward to John Marshall's new spot in Park Circle... Not worth the trip.
Good, but not as good as La Nortena.
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!!
This place isn't bad...the atmosphere is great. The staff (in my experience) are all really nice and accomodating. The food is pretty standard though for a Mexican joint. It's good, don't get me wrong, but it's what I think you would expect from just about any strip-mall type Mexican place. But what do I know?
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