Tried a second new restaurant for the week. This one was very dissapointing. Bueno's Mexican in Marlton, open two weeks in the old Hardshell Cafe site. Walked in to a cold restaurant and had food that didn't warm me up. The wait staff seemed poorly trained. Only two servers and one didn't remember the second of two specials. Listening to the other server being unable to describe dishes made me think it was not going to be a promising run. Our server described the restaurant as authentic Mexican...everything is fresh. Apparently authentic doesn't refer to flavor - the dishes were all underseasoned.
The best of the night were the fresh nacho chips and the flan. Inbetween the plates were not up to the standards of some of the other "real Mexican" places such as La Esperanza in Lindenwold and the still missed Mexico Lindo in Camden, Two salsas came with the nachos, a verde and a mild red. I asked if they had anything that was a little hotter and the waitress offered to bring Tabasco. I guess that was the authentic Avery Island district of Mexico. After my wife suggested some chopped peppers they did bring out some freshly chopped Habaneros which did make the red salsa much nicer.
I ordered one of the specials which was a Shrimp Burrito. For $15 it was quite small and needed the addition of Habeneros and Jalapenos(which were from a bottle-not fresh) to give it some flavor. As I got to the end of it, I bit into a shrimp that was undercooked. When I pointed this out to the waitress her reply was that the others were probably done ok because I would have tasted it otherwise. She claims she knows this because she eats a lot of seafood. I am thinking that since there weren't many shrimp and they were small (31-40 size) I may not have bitten into any others and eaten them whole so therefore not noticing the texture being off.
I was so turned off by this response that even if the food was good, I would not be back but the food would not draw me back either. Instead of going for good (Bueno) I will keep going for Hope (La Esperanza).
La Esperanza Restaurant
40 East Gibbsboro Road, Lindenwold, NJ 08021
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