Mex is located in the Power Plant Live, and is in the space of the old Lucilles/the old Bill Batemans. They did a great job changing the space over, and making it feel like we had just stepped into Mexico.
Mex just opened this past Thursday, and friends and I visited on Saturday. Promising real authentic mexican food, we were excited to enjoy la comida (the food). While I am sure they are still ironing out the kinks...It was certainly less stellar than expected.
The restaurant was mostly full, and not having called for a reservation, we were nervous. The manager came over and said that they were slammed, but they would find space for us, and we were seated almost immediately. We were surprised to see mariachi band members playing and seranading tables during our meal. It definitely added to the festivity, but competed with the guy who was playing keyboard in the back. Also, we didn't like feeling like we had to tip the mariachi people during our meal.
The menu is somewhat limited - only a sheet of paper, one-sided, with the most basic expected mexican listed. Tacos, burritos and enchiladas. No drinks listed, no tequila offered. The tortilla soup sounded good, and they had some interesting side dishes offered, such as the 1981 El Camino Rear View Mirror(whatever THAT is!).
After being informed that it was 2-for-1 margaritas, we jumped on that offer! The margaritas were served in classic mexican glasses (looked like martini glasses) and were tasty. They were served on the rocks, and we weren't sure if you could even get them blended. One of us ordered the raspberry margarita, and it was served on the rocks as well, something I haven't seen before. Now that I look at the online menu, it seems you could have gotten them frozen, but we weren't offered.
We ordered guacamole ($6.75) to start with, but it never came. We were slightly disappointed because it truly looked like an experience. Two chefs wheeled a cart out to a nearby table with all of the fixings to make the guac. They asked the customers how they preferred their guac, and proceeded to make it right there in front of them. Talk about FRESH! It was served to them in the mortar and pestle.
The food came out very quickly, especially in comparison to the drinks (they took a while). Between us, we had the Crispy and Soft Chicken Tacos ($7.50), the Quesadillas ($6.75), and the Beef Fajitas ($12.50).
Everyone reported that their selection was just OK. Nothing special - kinda bland. The crispy tacos were really just flour tortillas kind of grilled? I have to say, we were all kind of disappointed in the food.
One saving grace was that the manager came over to apologize for the delay in drinks, and brought us dessert on the house. Churros with Chocolate (normally $5.00) was the highpoint in the whole evening. I think every one of us just about melted when biting into the delectable dish. It was served warm with a small pot of melted chocolate. The dough was moist and rich, with just the right amount of sugar on the outside. I could have eaten 3 more!!
For eight of us - the bill was outstanding. $86 + tip. You can't beat that!!
So, in conclusion - I'd give them some more time to iron out the kinks...call ahead for reservations...and definitely get the guacamole, and the churros with chocolate!!!!!!
Power Plant Live
26 Market Place