the food might be tasty, It just has little to do with the West Coast style of Mex.
Right. I'm feeling hyper-snarky and don't mean to be. The food is probably very good. What bothers me is not the food, which I've never tasted, but the attempt to convince locals it's "just like 'South California'". I get bothered in the same way in CA when I go into a "New York Pizza" place or a "Memphis Barbecue" place. Frankly, even the best of Bay Area pizza and "Q" is not much more than "pretty good" compared to the places in the locales where these regional specialties come from. And people who have eaten "New York Pizza" in one of the New York (or CT) places we talk about a lot or barbecue in the Carolinas or Memphis are nearly always disappointed. On the other hand, I go into such places because I'm not in New York or Memphis and it's the best I can get . . . and, like I said, pretty good. That's kind of the way I'd tune my expectations for a taco or burrito at this place.
Oh, and there are exceptions. As I've mentioned, there is a place in SF that makes an oyster po-boy I'd put up against all but the very best in NOLA. So maybe I'm wrong.
post edited by BT - 2011/02/24 12:39:43