So, we bought one of those Entertainment Books from a schoolkid. They have lots of 2-for-1 dinner options in the book and we thought it might be a fun way to try some restaurants we hadn't tried yet--maybe we'll discover a gem-- and support the schools at the same time.
We ended up at Boca Chica Restaurant in St. Paul last night. The coupon was a "buy one meal get one free", up to an $8.00 value. Of course, there was nothing on the menu for $8.00 (avg entree was about $12) so, really, it just amounted to $8 off our check. You have to present the coupon at the time you order, which always worries me (why do they care before you order how you intend to pay? Does this mean they are treat you differently somehow?)
The restaurant was very busy, apparently, as Orange Julius had to drink his beer from the bottle (all the glasses were dirty) and we had to eat our soup with teaspoons (all the soup spoons were dirty.) The salsa was spicy hot, but not complex. The soup had some stringy noodles in it, but otherwise seemed to rely on salt as its primary flavor. I ordered a combination platter that came with a pork tamale, sope, chicken enchilada, and black beans, thinking I'd find at lease one thing good, but wasn't enthusiastic about any of them; the tamale and the chicken in the enchilada were dry and without flavor. The tamale looked so sad and shriveled when I removed the corn husk. Overall, I was disappointed.
So, we did accomplish our goal of trying some place new, but it didn't turn out to be a place we're going to add to our list of restaurants to frequent. Incidentally, the wall in the entry was covered with numerous of "Best Mexican Restaurant" awards from various local publications "Best of" issues, so, I don't know if it's just me, if we just went there on an off night, if the restaurant has slipped, or, if the awards were not deserved in the first place.
Do any of you have the Twin Cities Entertainment book? Have you discovered any chowish options in there?