I read the review by 'steph5555' and I don't understand. While this place may SEEM like a dive, there's nothing about this place that lacks in food or service. I grew up in Southern California...a stone's throw from Mexico...and although I've lived in many states, no one has come closer to authentic Mexican cuisine than this place. I do agree that it's a little ridiculous that they charge for chips and salsa and that the presentation of the dishes leaves something to the imagination, but the food quality is loads better than any of the other "chain" Mexican restaurants in the area. Besides, the Margaritas at this place are on the severely-strong side, which is nice, and the decor of Kahlo and Rivera prints is most inviting. I am, most definitely a "regular" since I go there no less than two or three times a week, but I do tend to stick to the smaller menu options. The taco salad is awesome, Joe's Ultimate Nachos are AMAZING, and my favorite thing to order is the small green salad with basil/cilantro dressing and a soft bean taco. If you don't get beer or Margaritas, you can easily get great Mexican food here for less than $12 a person. And why wouldn't you pay a measly 50 cents for chips and salsa when the chips are, usually, hot and fresh and the salsas are fresh, tasty, and authentic! As far as the larger menu items are concerned, I highly recommend the Chipotle Tuna Tacos. If you're a vegetarian, though, do not get the rice with your order because it's made with chicken stock. In fact, I would ask your server to make sure none of the stuff you've ordered is made with chicken stock. If they're not knowledgeable, they'll find out for you. Also, with side orders, if your dish comes with vegetables, I'd either get the broccoli (which is fresh) or the corn on the cob...also fresh and dressed with some cheese on top. There's a reason why this California dude loves this place and goes there more than he should...this food is really good!
Pros: Great food, great parking, great booze
Cons: Noisy outdoor waterfall