Well, I never thought I'd see the day when a genuinely above average Mexican Restaurant would appear in Putnam County. The Pueblo Viejo in Carmel surprised this ex-Manhattanite and frequent Southwest traveler by offering very fresh tasting and wonderfully balanced Mexican food replete with really tasty sauces and specials. The host is gracious, the table salsa has a freshly prepared taste and the made-to-order stone-ground at your table fresh Guacamole is a real treat.
O.K., so much for the yummy part. There's a strolling singer/guitarist on weekends. Mexican music, to this diner, is best heard from a distance while eating. As talented as the singer is, he does take the quiet enjoyment away from the shared experience with a dining partner.
I smile and very politely indicate that the next table might enjoy the ballads more than this old curmudgeon.
I wondered, "What if I actually appreciated this entertainment as other patrons seem to? How much would I tip a musician, if at all, in a very local small town restaurant like this?
Any hints from those Chowhounds who pay for the extra "fun?"
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