My husband and I had dinner at La Cava last night, and it was delicous as always. But it was completely empty on a Friday night. We were only about one of three tables. I have had consistently great dinners there and I am stumped as to why it is empty.
Is it the food? I have never had a bad meal there. They have wonderful seafood dishes, fresh guacamole (a weakness of mine), everything is light tasty and flavorful.
Is it the location? It is right off of Butler Ave, near the movie theater, Act II playhouse, lots of shopping and bars. Every other restaurant on Butler is consistently mobbed.
Is it service? I know a few people think the owner is a bit rough, but he really is not thast bad and certainly not enough to keep people away.
Is it price? Of course, some of the specials can be a bit pricey, but much of the menu is under $20. We had a delicous dinner last night for $50 - split a chile relleno with a tasty spicy sauce, I had chicken enchiladas with a great mole sauce with the perfect conbination of chocolate and spice, my husband had conchinita pibill, with perfectly seasoned pork with just a hint of citrus, then we ended the meal with coffee. Add in a bottle of wine (BYO) then you have a great meal that is really reasonaable.
Is it atmosphere? It is really cute, they just repainted and redecorated a bit, no problems there.
We were initially going to Tamarindos and the line was out the door, that place is less than 5 minutes from La Cava. While I do like Tamarindos, I think the food at la Cava is better. The only reason why we were initially going to Tamarindos is that we had just gone to La Cava and had not been to Tamarindos in ages.
It is just shocking to me. We often bring friends and colleagues and everyone just raves about the restaurant. Whenever I am there I feel like I am in that episode of Seinfeld.
It is just so friustrating that we have these local little great places, and they are empty, while nearby chains have waits that are hours long.
So, while I jump on my soapbox, we need to support our local restaurants!