La Tolteca in Wilkes-Barre PA
First I did a search, and for those of you in Delaware yes this is the same mini-chain that you know of.
La Tolteca is on Mundy Street, near the lower entrance to the Wyoming Valley Mall. The location is definitely second tier compared to the spots grabbed by the Ground Round, Smokey Bones, Olive Garden, Outback, etc, but it's on the same strip, so it's a player.
I went in expecting a Chi-Chi's/Don Pablo type place, but it seems a little less formula. It has more of a local pizzaria feel. And, most of the employees are Hispanic. (A word here: NE PA is a tough place to be any race other than white. Heck, it's a tough place to be white and other than Irish, Italian, or Polish. I've lived here 17 years and I'm an outsider. This is a place where the Irish Catholic church is right across the street from the Polish Catholic church. It's very heartening to see jobs being held by young Hispanics.)
It being lunch, I ordered a combination platter #9, a taco, a burrito, and an enchilada, all beef. The meal came with homemade chips, hot and slightly oily from the fryer, and a thin salsa. The salsa was too thin, almost watery like tomato juice. The chips were chips, a little bit sweet and not salty. As a lunch combo, it came without sides.
The food was pretty decent. The ground beef was nicely seasoned and without any chile powder, the burrito and enchilada were covered with a nice adobo sauce and topped with cheese. The corn shell for the enchilada was soft and a little bit spongy, just right. The portions weren't too much, and weren't too little.
And the bill for this pleasant feast, with a 20 oz iced tea, came to $8.96 including tax but before tip.
Shoot, that's not bad. I'd eat there agsin.