I just don't understand that place. It could be so good and so special (especially in Baltimore), but it seems intent on shooting itself in the foot.
Things started off poorly in the bar. Good luck getting a bartender's attention if you weren't a regular. One of the guys just shut out the rest of the room while he chit-chatted with some locals.
To make matters worse, the one thing that they're famous for, their margaritas, were terrible. WAY too sweet. When I asked the bartender for a less sweet one, he looked at me puzzled and said that they shouldn't be sweet because they use fresh lime juice (not sweet and sour mix). He sampled a couple of their mixes, declared one sweet and then, hold onto your hats...made my drink with it!! He tasted the drink he made me, was obviously not happy with the product (said he didn't get that fresh lime taste on the finish), and gave it to me anyway!! I couldn't believe it. I guess if I had been a regular he would have taken the time to make some more mix.
Next came our appetizers, which were actually the best part of the meal. I had a shredded chicken in mole over a tostada. It was spicy sweet and the tostada crispy. Very good. My husband had the shrimp and sweet corn cakes. They've changed somewhat since the last time I've been there, but they were still good.
Then came the entrees...
Hubby had a plantain crusted sea bass. He thought that it was ok, but again, I thought that it was too sweet. Either the plantains used in the crust were way too ripe or they sugared the mix.
My entree, a skirt steak, was an unmitigated disaster. I understand that this is a lesser cut of beef, but I have shoes that are more tender. I literally could not cut or chew the damned thing. They eventually credited it off my bill, but I would have much preferred to have an edible meal.
We split deep fried ice cream for dessert. At least, it used to be ice cream. It must not have been frozen hard enough before frying, because it came out mostly melted and the crust was soggy.
All in all, this was a bad, disappointing experience. I'll stick to making my own margaritas at home (1 part reposado, 1 part lemon and/or lime juice, 1/2 part triple sec, sugar to taste) and sure as heck stay away from their food. I hope they get it together soon.