Saturday I took the pups to the Gutter. I love that the bar is hoppin' at 10:00 a.m. but the kids find it a tad weird. I had a "scramble" with avocado and tomato. It wasn't really well prepared--parts were dried out and parts had yucky wet egg. The hash browns were undercooked and I believe from a frozen product. The coffee is excellent, although getting a refill can be challenging. The kids had chili bowl things with turkey chili (really tasty) scrambled eggs, cheese and the same soggy hash browns. The tab for the three of us was $30.00 including a tip. I think this is really quite high for food that's unremarkable and particularly because everything is served on cheap paper plates and with disposable plastic cutlery. The atmosphere is fun in that sleazy dissolute way but I don't think this constitutes fair value.
On Monday we hiked down to La Abeja. There were six of us and the bill, including tip for the whole bunch was $40.00. The service is on the slow side but our entire order was perfect. I had a machaca plate that was delicately seasoned and complex. My friend had the famous puerco adoboda and was cooing in ecstasy. The burritos are huge and flavorful and the kids loved the vast assortment of soft drinks. One warning would be that the iced tea is made from a powder but otherwise this was a completely delightful meal.
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