The food wasn't spectacular, but I have no complaints; the service was prompt, and the restaurant itself was clean.
Trip 1 The Tamale Deluxe, and the 2 for 1 Margaritas.
I went on a Monday afternoon. The waitress was nice, and she quickly seated me. I had my menu and drink within five minutes of being seated, and food within another 15 minutes. Solid service.
While there I ordered the Tamales Deluxe. For those of you who don't know, the Tamales Deluxe is a couple of tamales which are topped with a couple of flautas, which are then buried under a serving of nachos...
It's a pretty excessive plate of food, but it wasn't too bad. So it got doggy-bagged for later eating. I didn't get to see how the margaritas were made, but I suspect the bartender used a pre-made mix. The margaritas were pretty bleh...
Overall the food was ok, but the drinks were bleh.
Trip 2 The Grande Burrito Maravilla, w/Tecates
We went on a Saturday afternoon. The service was spot on. My wife and I were serenaded by a couple of mariachi singers who were good performers (etiquette question; how much should one tip the singers?)
The burrito was pretty big, and not too bad. Though much to the wifes chagrin, I wasn't good for much after eating it, except for finishing my two cans of brew and taking a long siesta afterward.
Trip 3 The Speddy Gonzales plate w/refried beans, and some Pacificos...
Went during lunch rush. I was quickly seated and served. The food was regrettably bland, but the beer made up for it.
Overall, the prices and the service are solid, but the food is so-so. It's someplace good to take your less culinary adventurous friends for a quick bite to eat.
I'd eat there again, mainly due to the price and service.
La Hacienda Mexicana
5537 Sheldon Rd, Tampa, FL 33615
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