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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Mexican

Re: “Pollo Loko Peruvian

Wonderful experience. Friendly and helpful staff. Great food!

3 of 3 people like this.
Posted by AlphonsePhive on March 26, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

Love the style and the location is great in Avondale! Great beer selection and the food that I ordered was very good, albeit the presentation was a little lacking. I was however, a little disappointed in the margaritas. They taste wonderful, slightly sweet and tart, but when I think of a Mexican restaurant, I really picture large margaritas - not a small cynlinder glass filled with mostly ice. I want a giant margarita - at a good price. Otherwise, they seem successful and I hope that it continues!

5 of 8 people like this.
Posted by clemsonMUSC on February 12, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

Mexican restaurants come in a variety of styles and flavors and this is a much needed addition to the Charleston food scene. This is Baja Mexican style which I have spent a fair amount of time sampling in the San Diego and Baja Peninsula of Mexico. Charleston finally has a fish taco done right with stand out guacamole and filling salads as well as lots of other options as well. I have not tried everything yet but what i have had is really very good and value priced. Great place to bring kids and did I mention that the beer selection is solid as well. This is the type of place my family and I will eat at often. Please open one in MT P area.

7 of 22 people like this.
Posted by Pulledpork on February 12, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

The food I tried was bland. I tried the chicken taco and the Baja fish taco. Both were bland compared to Taco Boy. My friend had the Grilled Mahi taco and the Carne Asada taco. He agreed that the food needed more punch. The service was great and I liked the surf videos. Won't be back anytime soon.

8 of 14 people like this.
Posted by Rokko on February 7, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Santi's

Santi's is more authentic mexican than your standard 'chain' mexican restaurants. Their salsa is the best, their tacos use better ingredients as I'm sure all of their other menu items do.

Their chips and salsa beat out everyone else in Mount Pleasant. We go there once a week and never gets old. Highly recommended!

5 of 5 people like this.
Posted by Michael J Williams on January 2, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Re: “El Dorado

El Dorado is delicious! But. . . they recently started selling 24 ounce beers as 32 ounce beers. If they want to sell smaller beers, that is fine, but don't price it and sell it as 32 ounce beer. . . .

Posted by poiASD on December 7, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Cha Cha's Mexican Grill

Terrible service!! Food was okay but service was terrible (and I've been there several times). When I went looking for a manager one of the bouncers told me to "fuck off". I was fucking amazed!! Too bad because the food is not bad, but in Charleston where the restaurant business is soooo competative they won't be around for the long run. Skip this place and go to one of the MANY other places that have servers who actually give a shit about taking care of customers.

15 of 18 people like this.
Posted by Tom Hall on November 3, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Re: “La NorteƱa

The Enchiladas Verde is great and the wait staff is very friendly.

2 of 3 people like this.
Posted by FastFred on October 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Juanita Greenberg's

Too much Greenberg and not enough Juanita .. Food is way too heavy on beans & lettuce .. Actually quite pedestrian unless you've had so many beers you can't tell they served up cardboard with sauce over it ..

0 of 1 people like this.
Posted by OlinMac on September 22, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Re: “Cha Cha's Mexican Grill

I'm giving it three stars only because I know it can be more consistent. I know they had a rough start and I was hearing some really bad things about the food, but the last three times I've been in it's been really spot on good.
I think they had some serious kinks to work out, but as far as somewhere new, affordable and good to go on James Island, I've been loving it at Cha Cha's.
I mean: Pork Belly taco with roasted bananas and crunchy peanut butter!!
I like non traditional approaches to food and they are making some really interesting and good combinations.

2 of 5 people like this.
Posted by Frugal Gourmet on September 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Zia Taqueria

Baja fish tacos, $2.50 on a Monday night. Friendly and attentive service. It's like a fast food place where you order and pay at the counter, except the food is so *so* much better! If you don't like fresh ingredients (like cilantro) go to Taco Bell.

0 of 2 people like this.
Posted by arteear01 on August 29, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Re: “Raul's Taqueria & Mexican Grill

Sadly, Raul's has impressed less each time I've had lunch.
Lunch 1 - great service and food; several months ago
Lunch 2 - good service and food; couple of months ago
Lunch 3 - Horrible table service, no limes or lemons. Tacos were okay. one month ago
Lunch 4 - This week brought some work colleagues. Table service was embarrassing. No limes or lemons available (really?), stale tortilla chips.

Regrettably I've had my last meal at Raul's. Of course, all Raul needs to do is fix the table service, keep the chips fresh and figure out how to buy limes and lemons and I might give it a shot...

Posted by OnTheMark on August 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Zia Taqueria

The food is freaking amazing. This place destroys, it absolutely blows away in everyway Tacoboy. The margarita mix at Zias is made from scratch with real citrus fruit. Also unlike Tacoboy, they have pitchers. The tacos are way bigger and taste a 1000 times better. This is my go to place for Sunday frozen screwdrivers. Try the tacos with the El Yucateco hot sauce at the silverware station. Deathly hot hot sauce.

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Posted by CircleHook on August 24, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Santi's

Made a trip to the new Mt. Pleasant location after rave reviews from several sources. Was crowded on a Saturday around 6- waited for a table for several minutes. We were seated shortly after in a smaller
Table that wasn't be cleared
For us initally. Service was horrible!! Only saw our waiter 2 times total. No refills on drinks the entire time we were there- and they were empty within the first 10 minutes. No refills on chips or salsa. Staff aimlessly walking around and not attentive at all. Food was luke warm and some bites almost stone cold. Not authentic and pretty bland. Would not recommend this location to anyone.

0 of 6 people like this.
Posted by Ber on August 5, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Pollo Loko Peruvian

This place is not like the ones in Miami surrounding areas. It is more Mexican cuisine but uses the chain name. Oh well

Posted by MiamiQbanman on July 17, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Santi's

OK...I know this is about the downtown location, but just wanted to give everyone heads up that if you plan to go to the one on Mt. P... be prepared to sweat! NO AC! Our first experience was truly aweful!

The rice is obviously instant...beans not good and the 'sweet brown sauce' ???? a total uck! Tasted uncooked and was again, obviously a powdered mix... the basic tamalie I ordered was ok but not fabulous... I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS EXPERIENCE TO ANYONE!!!!!

Posted by Additions To Our table on July 8, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Santi's

The new place in Mt Pleasant is terrible in all respects. Do not go there.

2 of 4 people like this.
Posted by True American Patriot on July 1, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Cha Cha's Mexican Grill

, I'm giving it 4 stars based on my experience. The happy hour is excellent: plentiful free pool tables and $1 Tecates (and when those ran out, they upgraded to a Costa Rican beer called Imperial.) The food is very good, especially for a place that identifies itself as a sports bar. We enjoyed the homemade tortilla chips and salsa and had no trouble getting to an open pool table at 5 pm. It appears as though renovations may not be complete yet...but the Mexican Day of the Dead murals that adorn the walls help set a fun vibe, as do the hand-painted, glowing skulls on the bar. We really enjoyed our appetizer sampler--the surprise hit for me being the fried pita bread. The Bacon-wrapped jalapenos were quite tasty too. My wife, who used to tend bar at a Latin bar, was blown away by her first rocks margarita, but had to ask them to remake the 2nd one...meaning it depends on who makes it. (Nicolette made the best one.)

The most important thing we noticed is that we could truly feel that everyone there is trying very hard to make this something good. Dollar beers and good food will get me in the door once. The attitude and effort being put forth have already brought me back for repeat trips.

3 of 7 people like this.
Posted by Jimi257 on June 28, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Cha Cha's Mexican Grill

Love it! Cool atmosphere! Much better than Charlies ever could hot to be. Great tacos too.

3 of 7 people like this.
Posted by Anthony Placebo on June 28, 2012 at 12:08 AM

Re: “Cha Cha's Mexican Grill

My hubby and I went to check the place out for the first time tonight, and I gave it 3 stars bc I did like the atmosphere. We thought the chips and salsa were yummy, as the salsa was good and spicy with some kind of fruit in it? Good stuff! The frozen screw driver tasted was not too good, and I thought my margarita wasn't too good. My husband's lamb taco was really good! My fish taco was fishy though ugh, so that was disappointing. We live on Ji, so appreciate the JI vibe, but for food sorry but we both agreed we'd stick to Zia. The place is new though, so hopefully the food will get better! Overall cool joint to hang out!

3 of 5 people like this.
Posted by Charleston1923 on June 27, 2012 at 9:34 PM
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