We had heard about Las Mananitas from family and friends, but we were hesitant to try it. We are picky when it comes to Mexican food, and we have been fans of La Finca for a long time. We got a buy one, get one free coupon from them in the mail and decided to go ahead and check them out. I am so glad we did because I think we have found a new favorite!
Las Mananitas is located off Mason Road in the same shopping center that houses Firestone, Subway, and Pizza Hut. If you don't know about it, you would probably overlook it if you were just driving by.
The location is relatively small inside, but we were seated very quickly (we did go early to try to avoid crowds). The smoking and non-smoking sections are not well separated. There is only a small wall (3-4 feet high) between the areas, so if you are very sensitive to cigarette smoke, you will want to ask to be seated away from the divider area. If this is your first visit, you might not even notice this, but fortunately the people we were with did and so we requested a table at the front of the restaurant.
Upon being seated, we were quickly provided with drinks and complimentary chips and salsa. They have a red sauce and a green sauce. The red sauce is served warm (heated), which is a slight difference from other locations we have visited in the area. Both sauces are excellent.
If you visit La Finca often and are familiar with the menu, you will find that the menu at Las Mananitas is very similar. The main difference is that their serving sizes are larger (for example, you you order enchiladas, you will get three instead of two). Their prices are less expensive. When our food arrived, we were very impressed. The entrees and even the side items (rice and beans) were packed with flavor!
The service was great, the food was awesome, and the prices were affordable. It won't be long before we go back again!