Bone Garden

★★★★☆
Authentic Mexican Cooking & Signature Margaritas in Atlanta
  • 1425 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd #6

    Atlanta, GA 30318

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  • 404-418-9072

About Bone Garden

Hours
Mon 11am - 2pm (LUNCH ONLY) Tues - Thur 11am - 10pm Friday 11am - 11pm Sat 12pm - 11pm Sun Closed

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At the recommendation of Editor Jonathan Baker, I recently hit Bone Garden for a happy hour and gave their spicy chile margarita a try. Holy moly. It's one part sweet, one part tropical, one part spicy. And for a spice-happy guy, it was a match made in heaven. I wanted four. Right now.

On the food end, go with their Mexican street food. Empanadas, tortas, goat tacos (or their cow tongue was good too), tamales. I love the Vortex, and this is the same people that run that place, so I knew I was going to like it before I even walked in. Sort of a weird location... but worth a trek over to the industrial west side.

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★★★★☆

At the recommendation of Editor Jonathan Baker, I recently hit Bone Garden for a happy hour and gave their spicy chile margarita a try. Holy moly. It's one part sweet, one part tropical, one part spicy. And for a spice-happy guy, it was a match made in heaven. I wanted four. Right now.

On the food end, go with their Mexican street food. Empanadas, tortas, goat tacos (or their cow tongue was good too), tamales. I love the Vortex, and this is the same people that run that place, so I knew I was going to like it before I even walked in. Sort of a weird location... but worth a trek over to the industrial west side.

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Bone Garden is pretty good. They have good Mexican food. It is more authentic than most. It has the same vibe as the Vortex since they have the same owners.

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★★★★☆

Bone Garden is pretty good. They have good Mexican food. It is more authentic than most. It has the same vibe as the Vortex since they have the same owners.

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A little out of the way in a new development, but great once you find it. Excellent Mexican food, much more authentic than most places in Atlanta. Service is great too.

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A little out of the way in a new development, but great once you find it. Excellent Mexican food, much more authentic than most places in Atlanta. Service is great too.

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I love this place! I came here for my birthday a week ago and I already want to come back. Several of my friends said the same thing and many of them went back within a couple days. The quality and variety of the food is great!

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I love this place! I came here for my birthday a week ago and I already want to come back. Several of my friends said the same thing and many of them went back within a couple days. The quality and variety of the food is great!

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I had high hopes, but guys, it just wasn't good. From the guac to the tacos, it was all disgusting. I really don't throw that word around either, but truly, disgusting...

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★☆☆☆☆

I had high hopes, but guys, it just wasn't good. From the guac to the tacos, it was all disgusting. I really don't throw that word around either, but truly, disgusting...

Pros: Pretty good margarita and cute decor

Cons: bad food

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We all have our favorite little Mexican place...you know, the one you go to at the drop of a hat, you walk right in, sit down and have a great priced meal, right?

Well, I have finally found mine in Bone Garden Cantina! Tucked out of the way in a cool loft development, BGC brings a great atmosphere, eager staff, and some amazing dishes, and all very reasonably priced. The chciken quesadillas melt in your mouth. As a Harley rider, I especially love the Bone-Biker! Give it a try soon, before everybody knows about it!

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★★★★★

We all have our favorite little Mexican place...you know, the one you go to at the drop of a hat, you walk right in, sit down and have a great priced meal, right?

Well, I have finally found mine in Bone Garden Cantina! Tucked out of the way in a cool loft development, BGC brings a great atmosphere, eager staff, and some amazing dishes, and all very reasonably priced. The chciken quesadillas melt in your mouth. As a Harley rider, I especially love the Bone-Biker! Give it a try soon, before everybody knows about it!

Pros: Reasonable pricing, great staff, delicious flavors

Cons: Eventually will be too small

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The food was a refreshing change from typical Mexican fare and it was spiced well. They don't hold off on the heat level and I was impressed by that. The staff were very friendly and our server (cool girl with blond hair, tattoos, and a great smile) took excellent care of our large group.

We shared many pitchers of margueritas and we spent a lot of money. At $25 a pop, we were all surprised that the margueritas were so weak. They were VERY weak and everyone in our group noticed this. You can get quality Texas Marguerita pitchers in ATL for around $16-20. We kindly requested some additional tequila in our next round of pitchers from the bartender, but we were turned down. We then asked for less ice (as the pitcher was 75% ice) and the bartender gave us pitchers that were 3/4 full...seemingly out of spite. I thought this was stingy and a bad move on the bartender's part as it turned off many people in our group who live in the immediate area of Bone Garden. These are people that can frequent Bone Garden and tell all their friends.

Bone Garden is promising, but it needs to be less stingy with its tequila pours. They should also offer weeknight specials to gain some traction.

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★★★☆☆

The food was a refreshing change from typical Mexican fare and it was spiced well. They don't hold off on the heat level and I was impressed by that. The staff were very friendly and our server (cool girl with blond hair, tattoos, and a great smile) took excellent care of our large group.

We shared many pitchers of margueritas and we spent a lot of money. At $25 a pop, we were all surprised that the margueritas were so weak. They were VERY weak and everyone in our group noticed this. You can get quality Texas Marguerita pitchers in ATL for around $16-20. We kindly requested some additional tequila in our next round of pitchers from the bartender, but we were turned down. We then asked for less ice (as the pitcher was 75% ice) and the bartender gave us pitchers that were 3/4 full...seemingly out of spite. I thought this was stingy and a bad move on the bartender's part as it turned off many people in our group who live in the immediate area of Bone Garden. These are people that can frequent Bone Garden and tell all their friends.

Bone Garden is promising, but it needs to be less stingy with its tequila pours. They should also offer weeknight specials to gain some traction.

Pros: Friendly Staff, Authentically spiced food, great atmosphere

Cons: WEAK yet Expensive Margueritas

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Food was pretty good and the prices were great. I still think No Mas has the best Mexican in town.

The margaritas were great. They were plenty strong.

The staff was fun and had plenty of tattoos.

The space is nice but it needs something. It is like it needs to age some.

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★★★★☆

Food was pretty good and the prices were great. I still think No Mas has the best Mexican in town.

The margaritas were great. They were plenty strong.

The staff was fun and had plenty of tattoos.

The space is nice but it needs something. It is like it needs to age some.

Pros: Margaritas were good

Cons: Space needs to be broken in

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Since moving to Atlanta from San Diego, I have been in search of that great Southern California salsa that is so hard to find. Another former SoCal resident suggested I try Bone Garden. The decor was fabulous, the waitress charming and the food fantastic - so different than your cookie cutter meals you get at the Mexican restaurants so many of us are used to. And they made a great Texas margarita! It was so good that even though I ate lunch there, I'm taking another friend there for dinner tonight!

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★★★★★

Since moving to Atlanta from San Diego, I have been in search of that great Southern California salsa that is so hard to find. Another former SoCal resident suggested I try Bone Garden. The decor was fabulous, the waitress charming and the food fantastic - so different than your cookie cutter meals you get at the Mexican restaurants so many of us are used to. And they made a great Texas margarita! It was so good that even though I ate lunch there, I'm taking another friend there for dinner tonight!

Pros: Decor, Food, Drinks

Cons: location

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Myself and a group of friends had the pleasure of dining here this past weekend and I found it to be a nice change of pace from the typical Mexican restaurant found in Atlanta. The decor is excellent but the actual size of the restaurant is a little small so if you have a large party I would definitely call in first or be prepared to wait a little at the bar. I love the a la carte style menu which gives you the chance to try a number of different things and the prices are great. By far the best chips, salsa and queso in Atlanta. Salsa is super fresh and the queso is not just a block of monterey jack cheese heated up in the microwave. The tamales are quite good (excellent filling, corn meal could have been done a tad more but still one of the best I have had in Atlanta. I would suggest the chicken over the pork (it was more flavorful). I found the best taco to be the talapia and my friend who also had the brisket agreed the fish taco was much better. My boyfriend who has had cow tongue before got the cow tongue tacos and loved them. Myself as well as a couple others at the table tried them and found it to be very tender and similar to pork. Excellent selection of signature cocktails and Margaritas and I would suggest the Partida Margarita. It is made with fresh lime juice and agave nectar instead of sweet and sour mix which really cuts down on the sweetness most margaritas have and not to mention the calories. If you are looking for something sweeter try the prickly pear. Atmosphere is great but can be a little loud so probably not the best place for a romantic date. If you are picky and only like ground beef enchiladas with red sauce and yellow cheese this is probably not the place for you. However if you like fresh authentic flavors and are ready for something new this place is an excellent find!

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★★★★★

Myself and a group of friends had the pleasure of dining here this past weekend and I found it to be a nice change of pace from the typical Mexican restaurant found in Atlanta. The decor is excellent but the actual size of the restaurant is a little small so if you have a large party I would definitely call in first or be prepared to wait a little at the bar. I love the a la carte style menu which gives you the chance to try a number of different things and the prices are great. By far the best chips, salsa and queso in Atlanta. Salsa is super fresh and the queso is not just a block of monterey jack cheese heated up in the microwave. The tamales are quite good (excellent filling, corn meal could have been done a tad more but still one of the best I have had in Atlanta. I would suggest the chicken over the pork (it was more flavorful). I found the best taco to be the talapia and my friend who also had the brisket agreed the fish taco was much better. My boyfriend who has had cow tongue before got the cow tongue tacos and loved them. Myself as well as a couple others at the table tried them and found it to be very tender and similar to pork. Excellent selection of signature cocktails and Margaritas and I would suggest the Partida Margarita. It is made with fresh lime juice and agave nectar instead of sweet and sour mix which really cuts down on the sweetness most margaritas have and not to mention the calories. If you are looking for something sweeter try the prickly pear. Atmosphere is great but can be a little loud so probably not the best place for a romantic date. If you are picky and only like ground beef enchiladas with red sauce and yellow cheese this is probably not the place for you. However if you like fresh authentic flavors and are ready for something new this place is an excellent find!

Pros: Excellent food, reasonable prices, fun relaxed atmosphere.

Cons: Size of the restaurant is a little small so there will most likely be a wait on Fri and Sat.

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I almost think 2 stars is generous. My husband and I were craving Mexican and were in the area. After finding the lines ridiculously long at Nuevo Laredo, we thought we'd give Bone Garden a try. It was a weeknight and not particularly busy. I wasn't impressed with the ambience - the metal chairs, high ceiling and cement floor made the room really loud despite the fact there were very few people dining. Decor was nice, however. We finally get our food (after waiting too long for so few people in the restaurant) and midway through one of my tacos, I bite down onto something so hard I thought I broke my tooth. Thinking it may be a bone, I pulled it out of my mouth. To my shock, it was a metal twist tie. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MEAT OF MY TACO AND COVERED IN SAUCE. A little while later the waitress came to check on us and asked how everything was. I said "well, funny you should ask!" I show her my little discovery and she shrieks and says "Oh my gosh, I can't believe that happened again!" She takes the twist tie from me and promptly walks away with no apology or explanation. Not until she came back. That's when she tells me that it's the twist tie from the bag of tortillas for the tacos and that it's happened before and that they've really been on the cooks to keep it from happening again. WHAT??? She takes off the cost of the one taco only and replaces it (which I agreed to reluctantly). The hostess/possibly manager comes and apologizes and says "Next time you come, I'll buy you a drink." And all I could think is "how about buy me that drink now? WHILE I'M HERE." Because I knew there wouldn't be a next time. I'm not making that mistake again. Perhaps I would give it a second try if they had comped my entire meal, but no such offer was made. Bad business on top of cooks who don't pay attention. Don't waste your money here. Go to Taqueria del Sol. Much better food, much better atmosphere, much better service.

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★★☆☆☆

I almost think 2 stars is generous. My husband and I were craving Mexican and were in the area. After finding the lines ridiculously long at Nuevo Laredo, we thought we'd give Bone Garden a try. It was a weeknight and not particularly busy. I wasn't impressed with the ambience - the metal chairs, high ceiling and cement floor made the room really loud despite the fact there were very few people dining. Decor was nice, however. We finally get our food (after waiting too long for so few people in the restaurant) and midway through one of my tacos, I bite down onto something so hard I thought I broke my tooth. Thinking it may be a bone, I pulled it out of my mouth. To my shock, it was a metal twist tie. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MEAT OF MY TACO AND COVERED IN SAUCE. A little while later the waitress came to check on us and asked how everything was. I said "well, funny you should ask!" I show her my little discovery and she shrieks and says "Oh my gosh, I can't believe that happened again!" She takes the twist tie from me and promptly walks away with no apology or explanation. Not until she came back. That's when she tells me that it's the twist tie from the bag of tortillas for the tacos and that it's happened before and that they've really been on the cooks to keep it from happening again. WHAT??? She takes off the cost of the one taco only and replaces it (which I agreed to reluctantly). The hostess/possibly manager comes and apologizes and says "Next time you come, I'll buy you a drink." And all I could think is "how about buy me that drink now? WHILE I'M HERE." Because I knew there wouldn't be a next time. I'm not making that mistake again. Perhaps I would give it a second try if they had comped my entire meal, but no such offer was made. Bad business on top of cooks who don't pay attention. Don't waste your money here. Go to Taqueria del Sol. Much better food, much better atmosphere, much better service.

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While it is "off the beaten path", it's not TOO far off. Walking into the restaurant, your eyes are immediately drawn to the art work -- Skeletons! Cartoonish murals of skeletons. They walls are painted a vivid deep blue, and the colorful artwork is a nice contrast. I have been a few times now, and and have tried to order something different every time (which is pretty easy to do as everything is A La Carte). However, I ALWAYS have to have one of their chicken or veggie empanadas. While they are small, they pack in the flavor. And the crust is the flakiest! My favorites menu items are: The cheese dip - creamy and spicy and just damn good! (Not the generic white cheese dip served at other Mexican joints.) It comes with a basket the freshest, crispiest chips, but I prefer to order a side of warm tortillas. Mix in a side of chorizo for something extra special. The Taco El Pastor is delicious, as well as the beef briskett enchiladas, both served in a piping hot soft tortilla. What is really nice is they don't smother everything in a tasteless red sauce -- they serve several different fresh sauces on the side. So whether you like a red salsa, a green salsa, a spicy salsa or a mild salsa, you get your pick. The ceviche is also delicious - extra limey with chunks of shrimp (but it could use a little more cilantro). Strawberry Margaritas rock! As well as the El Borracho drink - made with rum and coconut milk, among other things. Ask about beer specials. They have the domestic beers, as well as Mexican Tecate, Dos Equis, Corona, etc. Fast, friendly service was a big plus. Step outside the box and give it a try!

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★★★★★

While it is "off the beaten path", it's not TOO far off. Walking into the restaurant, your eyes are immediately drawn to the art work -- Skeletons! Cartoonish murals of skeletons. They walls are painted a vivid deep blue, and the colorful artwork is a nice contrast. I have been a few times now, and and have tried to order something different every time (which is pretty easy to do as everything is A La Carte). However, I ALWAYS have to have one of their chicken or veggie empanadas. While they are small, they pack in the flavor. And the crust is the flakiest! My favorites menu items are: The cheese dip - creamy and spicy and just damn good! (Not the generic white cheese dip served at other Mexican joints.) It comes with a basket the freshest, crispiest chips, but I prefer to order a side of warm tortillas. Mix in a side of chorizo for something extra special. The Taco El Pastor is delicious, as well as the beef briskett enchiladas, both served in a piping hot soft tortilla. What is really nice is they don't smother everything in a tasteless red sauce -- they serve several different fresh sauces on the side. So whether you like a red salsa, a green salsa, a spicy salsa or a mild salsa, you get your pick. The ceviche is also delicious - extra limey with chunks of shrimp (but it could use a little more cilantro). Strawberry Margaritas rock! As well as the El Borracho drink - made with rum and coconut milk, among other things. Ask about beer specials. They have the domestic beers, as well as Mexican Tecate, Dos Equis, Corona, etc. Fast, friendly service was a big plus. Step outside the box and give it a try!

Pros: Nice Atmosphere; Plenty of Parking; Owners On-Site;

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A delightful surprise in this off-the-beaten-track location. I happen to work at King Plow Arts Center, so we're always looking for new haunts on the Westside - thank you! I met a colleague here for business but, two pitchers of margaritas later, we just ended up talking about why men can't pick up their wet towel and why Liza Minelli's eyebrows look so weird.

Anyhoo, it was jam packed which, honestly, surprised me. I mean, this place is not convenient to anyone except those that work in the building, drunk men and strung-out strippers leaving Body Tap or F&B industry folks going to Restaurant Depot.

We started with the guacamole and queso - both delicious. Followed this with a cheesey quesadilla that satisfied completely. I will say this, this place is not about the food - it's not going to be a meal you'll remember past the buzz of the tequila. It is however, a fun spot, with fun people and a great vibe. We sat outside, so I only got to experience it when headed back and forth to go tinkle, but it definitely felt good in there (if not a bit loud - but that's every restaurant in Atlanta). Small, too, which I think is another key to success - smaller places look fuller and busier which equals success in the minds of diners.

Service was so-so. We were the only table outside, so I'm sure we weren't high on the waitresses list simply because we were out of sight. I'll let it go this time - but if that happened inside, I'd be mad.

I will for sure go back, but probably only for lunch. I would never make this drive from Emory for dinner - just not gonna happen.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Bone Garden - we're glad to have you. Now, can anyone tell me what's up with Liza's 'brows anyway?

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★★★☆☆

A delightful surprise in this off-the-beaten-track location. I happen to work at King Plow Arts Center, so we're always looking for new haunts on the Westside - thank you! I met a colleague here for business but, two pitchers of margaritas later, we just ended up talking about why men can't pick up their wet towel and why Liza Minelli's eyebrows look so weird.

Anyhoo, it was jam packed which, honestly, surprised me. I mean, this place is not convenient to anyone except those that work in the building, drunk men and strung-out strippers leaving Body Tap or F&B industry folks going to Restaurant Depot.

We started with the guacamole and queso - both delicious. Followed this with a cheesey quesadilla that satisfied completely. I will say this, this place is not about the food - it's not going to be a meal you'll remember past the buzz of the tequila. It is however, a fun spot, with fun people and a great vibe. We sat outside, so I only got to experience it when headed back and forth to go tinkle, but it definitely felt good in there (if not a bit loud - but that's every restaurant in Atlanta). Small, too, which I think is another key to success - smaller places look fuller and busier which equals success in the minds of diners.

Service was so-so. We were the only table outside, so I'm sure we weren't high on the waitresses list simply because we were out of sight. I'll let it go this time - but if that happened inside, I'd be mad.

I will for sure go back, but probably only for lunch. I would never make this drive from Emory for dinner - just not gonna happen.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Bone Garden - we're glad to have you. Now, can anyone tell me what's up with Liza's 'brows anyway?

Pros: Margaritas

Cons: Location is off the beaten track

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Oh, we hate to give a bad review but...
With an open mind and a mexican craving we trotted off to this unique little place with hopes of something new and different. Well it was new, and it was different. The decor is fantastic, very entertaining and unique. The ambiance was a bit like a cafeteria wth the metal chairs and tables. The food could be good, just not neccesarily in the combinations they have them in. We all tried different corn thinies (I can't recall the name). They are like fat corn pone (corn bread fried patties) but not as good. The toppings were of unusual mixtures. The idea is great, the food could be good but i think they are trying too hard.
I recommend they try some softer furniture, softer floors and some simple food. Did they not learn anything from the Vortex?

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★★★☆☆

Oh, we hate to give a bad review but...
With an open mind and a mexican craving we trotted off to this unique little place with hopes of something new and different. Well it was new, and it was different. The decor is fantastic, very entertaining and unique. The ambiance was a bit like a cafeteria wth the metal chairs and tables. The food could be good, just not neccesarily in the combinations they have them in. We all tried different corn thinies (I can't recall the name). They are like fat corn pone (corn bread fried patties) but not as good. The toppings were of unusual mixtures. The idea is great, the food could be good but i think they are trying too hard.
I recommend they try some softer furniture, softer floors and some simple food. Did they not learn anything from the Vortex?

Pros: Great idea

Cons: Poorly executed (no pun intended)

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Especially in light of it's close proximity to Taqueria del Sol, this new concept is a bit dissapointing. The enchilladas are great, but everything I've had has been average. I love the decor of this space, keeping in line with the Vortex theme...but it's hard to find if you don't know where you're going and has been pretty empty each time I've visited.

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★★★☆☆

Especially in light of it's close proximity to Taqueria del Sol, this new concept is a bit dissapointing. The enchilladas are great, but everything I've had has been average. I love the decor of this space, keeping in line with the Vortex theme...but it's hard to find if you don't know where you're going and has been pretty empty each time I've visited.

Pros: Service has always been good.

Cons: Hard to find and average flavor.

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Can't say enough good things about Bone Garden! The food is fabulous, service is fast and friendly! This is the real deal! Prices are affordable. We absolutely loved the art! When we left the man at the door (I'm assuming the owner) asked what we thought, shook our hands, and thanked us for coming in! I was pleasantly shocked. There is nowhere else like this in Atlanta!

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★★★★★

Can't say enough good things about Bone Garden! The food is fabulous, service is fast and friendly! This is the real deal! Prices are affordable. We absolutely loved the art! When we left the man at the door (I'm assuming the owner) asked what we thought, shook our hands, and thanked us for coming in! I was pleasantly shocked. There is nowhere else like this in Atlanta!

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

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The food is good, not worth the drive, but nice, light chips and fresh salsa. Pozole was very good, the enchilada with verde sauce was my fave. Fish taco was ok, but not outrageous.

I don't like it when places nickel and dime you for every extra (.25 for jalapenos, come on!). Margaritas are like sweet lime soda-barely felt anything after 2. If you are going to pour drinks that weak, they should be cheap. $16 for a barely buzz is embarrassing for a place with such kick-a$$ art.

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★★★☆☆

The food is good, not worth the drive, but nice, light chips and fresh salsa. Pozole was very good, the enchilada with verde sauce was my fave. Fish taco was ok, but not outrageous.

I don't like it when places nickel and dime you for every extra (.25 for jalapenos, come on!). Margaritas are like sweet lime soda-barely felt anything after 2. If you are going to pour drinks that weak, they should be cheap. $16 for a barely buzz is embarrassing for a place with such kick-a$$ art.

Pros: art

Cons: weak drinks, in the middle of nowhere, paying for every little extra thing

 

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