Sorry, I went out of my way to try out the new Charanda out by the Newport Walmart. My mistake. I was REALLY in the mood for a margarita. Ordered the House, Medium. It came to the table... after we got cold stale chips. I can't remember the last time a mexican restaurant did that. I tasted the margarita. It was water. I mean, it tasted like water with a slight hint of tart at the end. This had little to no resemblance with a margarita. No tang, ni zip, no TEQUILA. We asked them to bring us a fresh batch. They were better, actually tasted like sour mix and maybe tequila. Not spectacular, but not water.
We both ordered the Fajita taco salad. What do YOU expect in a taco salad? The LAST THING I expect is for the bottom of the taco shell to be filled with steaming hot refried beans. Are you serious???? It made the salad, which other than refried beans had a little meat, a little shredded lettuce, a little pico, and mostly cheese sour cream and guac into a muddy soup. It was NOT a salad, it was a Tostada Supreme. And it was $10!
For $45, I got out of there with two mediocre margaritas, and two awful taco salads. It may have turned me off to the whole chain. Which I have never had a problem with before.
Oh yeah, on top of that, the decor is bland, and we got seated in the center area... a couple, on a date... next to a family with screaming kids. We were the only ones they seated in there while we were there. Did we offend someone in some way?
Never going back.