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Sebastopol - Martha's Old Mexican Restaurant

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Sebastopol - Martha's Old Mexican Restaurant

Stanley Stephan | May 12, 2003 03:03 AM

There area few good reviews on the wall. It was voted "Best of" in 2001 and 2002 by someone or the other and someone on Chowhound recommended it in February. I thought it was awful and so did the person I ate with.

It's very nice looking with colorful chairs and it has a relaxing outdoor patio that is covered to keep you in the shade Prices can be reasonable. I didn't like the food though. The reviews were in back of the front door, so it was impossible to read them without getting wacked. From what I caught Martha has been cooking for 25 years in the area and opened this restuarant.

The chips were served with a hot yellow bean dip (I was doing a unintentinal stand up routine with my friend ... me: the dip is hot ... friend: I like spicy ... me: no, really hot ... friend: great ... me: no, it's steaming .... friend: the hotter the better ... me: hot as in warm to the touch ... microwaved. It tasted canned.

There was another red sauce with the chips that I swear was canned Ragu tomato sauce with peppers mixed in. My friend said I was insulting Ragu.

The Spanish rice my friend declared was Rice A Roni. I said it was insulting Rice A Roni. It tasted like it was mixed with the sauce that comes with spagettios.

The same dipping sauce was heated and served over my friend's chili relleno ... After the chili was finally located under the sauce, my friend said it should go in Guiness for the smallest chili.

I had the fish taco. It had shredded lettuce, cold shredded cheese that tasted packaged, perhaps a
Russian style dressing with some ok fried fish on soft flour tacos. Too overstuffed and needed to be eaten with a knife and fork. Not large portions, just out of proportion to the size of the tacos. Both plates were $7.95. Most prices were in the $9 - $15 range.

Service was indifferent. No offer to refill chips or water. A request for salt was ignored.

I have to think we ordered wrong with all those positive reviews on the walls. It's on 116 across the street from Safeway.

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