Last night we went to the Latin Grill on Court Street. First the good news:
1. Great retro decor. The dining alcove is covered in 1950's style miniature mosaic tiles in turquoise and white. I mean to go back just to ask where they bought their twin-propeller stainless steel ceiling fan.
2. Very well-stocked bar, including several high end tequilas. They have a nice cocktail menu and a wide variety of tasty looking non-alcoholic drinks (Mexican hot chocolate, homemade orange/limeade,etc)
3. Reasonable prices. Entrees are huge and include a generous main dish and two sides. Average price: $12-15. Sandwiches $9-12. The Latin Grill is a cash-only establishment.
The bad news.
1. Maybe we ordered wrong, but the food was disappointing.
Calamari w/ spicy mayo was gritty (cornmeal batter), dry, and tough.
Shrimp taco. Nicely fried taco shell, but slathered in more of the spicy mayo. The mayo overpowered the shrimp and the nice pico de gallo salsa. The pickled onions and mixed greens were nice, though.
Vegetarian tamale. Served barely lukewarm. The sauce was flavorful, but too salty. More mayo!
Pork mole arepa. Definitely the best thing we ordered. Very rich pulled pork stew on top of a decent cornmeal cake.
I'm hoping that other people have better things to say about the Latin Grill, because I really enjoyed the ambience and the menu looked great.