We recently took a trip to Little Mexico for a review but held off on writing it as we had been invited by some friends to meet there for a second visit. The moment you walk in, the amount of colorful, carved wood is overwhelming. Beautiful and over the top. It's hard to imagine how much work went into the walls, windows, booths, tables, chairs and bar of this restaurant. Everything is a carved, colorful piece of work. You'd never think you were in a strip mall.
We were immediately met with the usual chips & salsa. In this case a very mild, but fresh salsa with good chunk to liquid ratio and a heavy dose of fresh cilantro. We couldn't decide whether or not the chips were house-made but regardless they were a good salsa delivery device. On our second visit, our friends asked for a spicier one and the kitchen sent out a habanero sauce that kicked their socks off. Even a 50/50 mix with the regular salsa was a bit too much.
Stella was also right at home. Not only are the walls decked out in incredibly loud colors and interesting authentic Mexican carvings, but the noise level and general commotion about the place kept her interest throughout.
Price-$-$$, Nothing out of the ordinary for Mexican...
Atmosphere-****, Wow. This place POPS and when you hear everything was custom made and shipped in from the owner's home town in Mexico, definitely a 4-star showing.
Service-**, It's a big plus in the food dept when the servers barely speak English, but both service and the kitchen were slow on both occasions.
Fred - B-, Ida know. I wouldn't mind going back, but I'm certainly not going to seek it out. Everything was solid (especially the salsa) but nothing had the kick I was looking for. Just too bland throughout the meal.
Libby -B+, The first night presented an excellent mole, the second night was hit or miss but also a very pleasant experience. And now that I know I can pronounce the name, I'll definitely take another $.25 margarita!
Ozzy- A+, Kids everywhere, carbs to munch. And he even tried (and liked!) salsa for the first time.
Estelle-A, At home and entertained. What more can you ask for with a 10-month old?