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Revisiting La Loma on Mass Ave in Capitol Hill

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Revisiting La Loma on Mass Ave in Capitol Hill

Don | Oct 23, 2005 10:21 AM

One favorite restaurant of mine from the late 90s was La Loma in Capitol Hill. Not entirely unremarkable, it afforded us with a fun place to go for after work Mexican food and drinks and a bill under $40. After visiting last friday, something clearly has gone very wrong with the cooking there.

I ordered my standby spinach enchiladas, My wife ordered the bean burrito and the toddler in the family had the cheese quesadillas. My enchiladas were flavorless and the ranchero sauce was visibly, let alone tasted, watery!

There was zero spark to these enchiladas. Imagine frozen spinach wrapped in a tortilla with cheese on top. Tasted kind of like Dutch comfort food or something. My wife's burrito had changed drastically in the 3 yrs since we visited- once pinto beans and chopped vegetables, it is now REFRIED beans (who in 2005 makes a bean burrito with refried beans??? how 1980s!) with lettuce and tomatoes. She said it had no flavor. I also noticed that the refried beans on my plate had water added so they souped everywhere. I eat Mexican food all the time and these were the limpest, most watery refried beans I may have ever had- they appeared to be flavored with salt and pepper, no chiles- that might have been something interesting if they had some depth, but they had none. My wife thought they may have been made from a mix! but I can't believe that.

My son's quesadilla was crispy and serviceable. The chips and salsa were warm to arrive but not as good as the light, airy, homemade ones from the 90s.

I will never return to La Loma, which is sad, because it was a nice little place we went to for at least 5 years. I noticed the crowds were far far fewer than in previous years. Has anyone had a good experience there recently to correct this lousy review?

Don

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