Two days, two disappointments and surprised at both.
Dinner at Cantina Laredo was dismal. I have always had good luck here and liked the atmosphere in the bar area for dinner. Hot tortilla chips and excellent salsas, perfect top shelf margaritas and my favorite: Chile Rellenos picadillo.
Not so this week, the chips tasted as if the oil was way overdue for changing. A very off flavor. The margarita was not as good as usual: I don't think they were using fresh squeezed juice. The real disappointment was the Chile Rellenos. Soggy poblano with ground beef filling that was tasteless. Usually it has golden currants, toasted almonds and beef and pork filling. It was a pale imitation of one of their signature dishes. Restaurant was less than 1/2 full but that is pretty good these days at Bell Tower. I mentioned it a friend and their experience had been similar. My husband's Prixe Fixe dinner was horrible and unidentifiable and inexplicably cold except for the sizzling plate.
Next day, while shopping at Coconut Point, I planned to have lunch at The Grape. I walked in, saw no one behind the bar, only two ladies smoking with glasses of wine outside and not one person eating at 12:45 on Tuesday afternoon. I decided on Ted's which has apparently decided to emulate Arby's or somesuch with a dreadful pulled "chicken" sandwich. Buffalo burger sounded too heavy to me. Fries were good as always. Even their pickles they make on site were soggy.
A pickup with season is desparately needed. I hope that this is just the last limp through the off season and not a true decline in quality. LMF