cubanat wrote:BUT the inside is perfectly warm & doughy (not raw though) That to me is expert frying.
This was dough. Not cooked. I guess that's what you're calling raw.
Not a big fan of La Hacienda, either (like you, Torn). Perhaps I've just been lucky at El Pastor, but all summer we went a couple times a week and never got a bummer meal.
Used to love Laredo's (west side) back in the pre-mural days, the quesadilla roja was excellent. Not even on the menu anymore, and as others have said, the food is only just okay. The price has increased (almost double on some dishes), but the quality has decreased. The price of popularity? The place is almost always packed.
Gringas at La Concha, that's a wonderfully greasy and satisfying plate. It's the only way I eat radishes. The sandwiches are so huge I can't think of ordering one, though we split one one day -- didn't like the fried pork tenderloin on it. Grilled, as the gringas pork is, would have been a better choice. Never tried the breakfast.
Mexicali Rose isn't great, but my earlier point was that it's not to be disparaged simply because there's one in the Dells. Love being able to sit outside to hear live music. Period. More places should do this. Like the chips, dislike the salsa, the meal is fine. Not great, but not the worst I've had by a long shot.
There's a little place on Park Street, not far south from where Fish Hatchery branches off, on the east side of the street, looks like an old house. Dunno the name, but it was really flavorful the time we stopped in there.
Ate at Marimar after some friends on the block recommended it, and it was okay. Not as good, in our experience, as El Pastor -- but we are big fans of cilantro <g> -- and slightly more expensive, sans cheese and sour cream. Hint: The white metal door isn't marked, but you can get in that way. The big glass window into the other hallway isn't marked, but it slides and you can get in that way as well.
Casa de Lara (Fish Hatch) outdoors is okay, I enjoy drinking there and watching the geese and muskrat in the drainage pond (they really need to aerate that). The food is fine, not great, at least not the things I've had. I haven't eaten everything.
I don't consider Chili's to be Mexican (and my partner looks at me like I'm from another planet when I say so). I prefer Chipotle hardshell tacos over Qdoba's, but Chipotle has no taco salad (though I do not eat the shell, so a naked burrito *should* in theory work... never done that). I consider both of them to be "fast food" and about as representative of Mexican as McDonald's or Wendy's is representative of American. In spite of that, they are still tasty enough if you're honest with yourself about what you're eating.
On the list: Abuelo's and Pelayo's. Never been to either of them, yet.