Well, OK, I don't know if it's the very best ... but we sure enjoyed ourselves last night! We were visiting from LA and found Guadalupe just a little bit too "green light" late at night with small kids so we ventured on to Santa Maria. We wound up in a place called "Lo Mejor de Jalisco" and really enjoyed our meal! The place was hopping with families with kids as well as single guys at the counter and a wonderfully matronly lady in charge with terrific waitresses, who seem just to sense that you're needing something from across the room. I can't remember when I've had better service, in a friendlier place. We definitely felt, um, studied, as a gringo family walking in after dark, but not for a moment un-welcomed.
The menu was extensive and as I don't really even know what the specialty of Jalisco is, I just asked the waitress what she would recommend. She got such a grin on her face, saying "that's just what I like to hear" and steered us to a shared platter of grilled seafood and carne asada. I don't ordinarily eat red meat but figured I was in 'Rome', plus I had no stomach to face that huge menu again and assented. Wow, am I glad of the choice! So delicious it was what arrived on a big, big platter: shrimp cooked in so many ways, breaded, grilled straight-up, grilled with bacon wrapped around it, stewed in a delicious red sauce, and onions and chiles and carne asada all in a heaping mound, plus rice and beans and tortillas -- yumm-mee! Wow was that feed good. I highly highly recommend it to any and all.
There was a good kids' menu too, with food that matched the kids' appetites without being too gross.
Lo Mejor De Jalisco
116 S Blosser Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93458