It's an unsettling trend.
Competition is cut-throat and restaurants are fighting to survive.The fallout is that we're starting to see,with regularity, new[and a few old] Mexican restaurants charging for the birthright:Chips and salsa.Let's drag them from their cushy lair kicking and hollering.They need to be compelled to explain themselves to the Austin eaters.
An acceptable alternative:Make the totopos from scratch along with at least one delicious salsa.Fry the chips per order and charge a nominal fee.A dollar ought about do it.People will flock to you.In New Orleans The Alibi does just that plus they'll have a guy on a bicycle bring a big hot-fresh-out-of-the-fryer bag to your house or inn.
What places are charging for chips and salsa?
How is the quality?
Is the money well spent or should you perhaps have went to the 95% of taquerias that don't follow this unsavory practice?