Three, disappointed - that would best describe us after our experience at Taqueria Playa Tropical. It was a really nice sunny day and we arrived, hungry and thirsty, and were sat at our table with a smile. Things looked good. Because it was around Easter they had some pastel coloured chips - nice touch, but the chips were stale - all 10 of them... with no real salsa anywhere near. Ah well.. I had a slight sinking feeling, knowing that so many Mexican restaurants across Canada and especially the lower mainland are really poorly executed. But I can drive 2 hours to Seattle and get amazing Mexican food, authentic and priced for value!
Anyhow, back to the Taqueria Playa Tropical - the burrito I ordered had a TOUGH (stale) flower tortilla that was hard to cut. Inside was a luke-warm mix of steak (carne asada) with miniscule bits of cheese, if any cheese, but a TON of onions. The steak was so chewy and full of sinew and gristle that I had to spit half of it out. This is supposed to be a nice steak burrito! Oh, for $2.50 you can add rice and beans to the burritos. We did the side of beans, which came as a sloppy mess - cold and decorated with a sour cream design?! Yuck. This was all wrong. One at our table sent her beef tacos back because the beef was salted to the point it was like beef jerky. Over seasoned, and we insisted it was taken off the bill. I really wanted to like this place and find a good Mexican restaurant. but this wasn't it.
The atmosphere is extremely casual... maybe they should learn to do a great plate of nachos, push the booze and not try to pretend to do signature dishes from Mexican cuisine. This was terrible, but our server did a good job remaining friendly in spite of the low quality food. It was a great sunny day and nice to get out of there and go home to my bottle of antacid!