Taco, Burrito, Enchilada Take out/Dine In restaurant. Appealing to "Surf" generation. They do offer various meat fillings which is better than most. Complete with all the fixings. Franchised, so there are a few of these around the planet.
Ok so this chain is basically a carb loaded gut filler. Don't expect much else.
Went to this location while working and didn't have much time. The place was completely EMPTY - not ONE person in there on a Friday at 12:15 pm. That scared me right off. TOns of people eat out on Fridays especially. Ordered a veggie burrito that rang in at close to $8. What did I get for that? I torilla, tablespoon each of guacamole(75 Cents extra) sour cream some orange coloured white rice, a spoonful of black beans and salsa. That would seriously cost me like 75 cent to make at home.
It turned out as I said to be a gut busting carb load with very little if any flavour. It was all runny and messy because of the beans and salsa. I threw half out. THis location didn't even have all the bottles of hot sauce and tabsco that the other places have to liven their dull food up. I'd skip this place next time.
This place is pretty gimicky for a fast food chain.
Having seen their ad for the $6 platters after 5pm I decided to try it. I remember vaughly having had a burrito here before, once. I never tried it again so I must not have been that impressed.
This place's food is far TOO salty. That is the dominant flavour note. They've taken a fresh flavourful cuisine and basically reprocessed it into something resembling food.
One of their gimmicks here is that their food is "wet" how having overly liquid food is a good think I'm not sure. The meats sit in broth, the beans are liquidy and the rice was dry though.
I got the platter special with an enchilada and a taco. The taco is the better deal as it comes wrapped in a bigger wrapper and has the same amount of meat but includes topping. (No horribly salty enchilda sauce either which is a bonus).
The meal includes a small scoop of meat that looks dried out even though it sits in broth. The taco didn't taste just like salt probably because the lettuce and wrapper added some other flavours. The enchilada was salty as it was just meat, sauce, a bit of cheese on top and wrapper.
The platter comes with sides of rice and beans. The rice was okay. The beans were a salty mess. No hints of Mexican spice or seasoning. Just salt. Canned beans would be more appetizing. Their photography for their platter also confuses me there they show whole black beans the reality is that the black beans are liquidy and partially mashed and most likely from a can anyhow. The pinto beans were even more pureed and liquidy.
The freshly chopped tomato salsa was fine but had NO flavour hints of cilantro or even lime. And they were stingy with this.
The guacomole... was probably premade from a package. It looked like something that came out of a bag it was too smooth with some diced tomato and tiny bits of cilantro mixed in. Anyhow it didn't even taste good. Which was disappointing as I adore guacomole. Again it was too salty and flavourless, it didn't even really taste like avocado's probably because it was so processed.
The platter is sprinkled with cheese and then they offer to microwave it for you. The height of fine dining is microwaved food.
This place isn't good value at all they serve poor quality mostly pre-made foods AND they are stingy, everything's so portion controlled. Except for rice, they are generous with that and give you two scoops.
If you are at all picky about flavour and don't like overly salty meals avoid this place.
For a true flavourful Mexican food experience head down down to one of the hole in the wall Mexican places where your meal comes garnished with fresh cilantro and you are presented with lime wedges to season your meal.
Stopped here for first time for lunch today. Always seen it but had many more places to try. I must say it was tasty. They offered 5 different meat and seafood fillings before the salsa and stuff. They have the rice, beans,sour creme,guacamole and all. Tastes just fine, hot enough and has all those Belles and Times beat hands down. Definitely worth the visit, when you want an alternative from the t burger. Try this one, should be fine.
Feels a bit like having lunch down on the beach or playa in Mexico somewhere.
The burritos they make here are huge. I was surprised, being that it was my first time. A plus is TDM offers a large selection of ingredients to put in the burrito. The service was exceptional. Very efficient. Only downside: The cheese tasted like the processed slice kind. But for the price, 4.99, I'll definitely be back.
This place is definitely NOT Mexican! It is not even what i would call Tex-Mex (American influenced Mexican).
I have been to places in US like Chipotles, and Baja Fresh and this place tries to emulate them but comes up short. locally - they do not stack up VS The Red Burrito.
Best a miss.....