I've lived near Smith St. for nearly two years now and have never gone to Mancora. It's always looked empty and I guess that put me off.
We wandered in last night, having noticed an increase in crowd there lately, and were pleasantly surprised.
They brought out plantain chips with a dip to start with, with crispy corn below (think of unpopped pop corn kernals) that was all rather addictive and tasty. We both opted for margaritas with patron that were well prepared (though I had to send mine back for no salt, though I asked for it that way twice...).
We werent that hungry so jumped straight to entrees. I had Bisteck a Lo Pobre (Grilled sirloin steak with bacon, maduros, fried eggs, rice & beans) and my husband had Lomo Saltado (beef stir fry). Both dishes were very enjoyable. The beef was nicely medium rare in my dish and I really liked the unusual mix of flavors.
Will definitely return, glad to add it to the list of casual meal spots in the hood.