With the popularity of Churn and Burn (reviewed here), a common question I receive is “Have you been to the Mexican restaurant next door?” Today I can say I’ve been there. The restaurant is called Tacos Y Mas. They are located at 552 S Oliver and serve your basic authentic Mexican staples. (I’ll post the menu at the end of the blog).
They are open from Tuesday thru Sunday 10 am to 10 pm and closed on Mondays.
Inside, there are bright yellow and green colors all over the building, from the walls to the tables to the bench seating. I walked in and sort of stood there until an older gentleman sitting with his family told me I could sit anywhere.
After sitting for a few minutes, that same older gentleman left his table to tell a lady behind the counter a customer was here. The lady eventually came over to me with the menu and chips and salsa. I ordered a water and asked for a few minutes to glance over the menu. Once looking at it, they had a little bit of everything one could want from a Mexican restaurant. I decided to go with the tacos and ordered four (barbacoa, pork, chicken and chorizo) along with a side of rice.
While I waited for my order, I jumped right into the chips and salsa. You are given two options when you come in, a mild and a hot. The hot was as advertised; very hot but no flavor to them whatsoever. The mild was more bearable but had the texture and feel as if it were watered down. And the chips? They tasted stale but since they were there, I kept on eating them.
|$2.25 a piece
My waitress brought out my food and sat at the table in front of me with her back facing me and played on her phone.
The first taco I had was the chicken. The tacos were all stuffed with a lot of meat unfortunately there wasn’t any flavor to the first one I had. The chicken was well cooked but lacked any seasoning. It’s as if they grilled the chicken with no spices and put the chicken in the taco. Next was the pork which is my favorite meat in a taco. I finished it but the pork tasted dry. The last two were the barbacoa and the chorizo. I ate half of each one and didn’t finish them. Just picking up the taco, grease would begin to spill out. When I was picking up the barbacoa taco, juices the color of blood would just come oozing out turned me off from finishing it.
This was the first time I’ve ever gone to eat street tacos and not finish my meal. The only part I would really enjoy was the rice that I put down with ease.
I should also note, the entire time I was eating, my waitress stayed seated in her chair the entire time. Halfway through dinner, my water was empty and not one time did she get up to ask how dinner was, refill my drink or even a courtesy turn over her shoulder to check on me. I even had to get up to grab my own ticket to pay. I was surprised they didn’t make me run my own card either.
Overall just a horrible experience. I won’t be visiting this place again. No Mas.
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