Austin >Casa Chapala
Really enjoyed this place!.
Went here on a Saturday night with another family. You wouldn't expect it to be so pretty inside, but it is. The decor is very nice and the people are friendly. We did start off badly since our waitress took forever to greet us and take our drink order. Don't people realize drinks=money???? Anyway it was more than made up for when we got our food. Everything was really tasty and fresh. The salsa they make at the table which is a nice touch. The owner came to our table and introduced himself and then proceeded to make balloons for the kids. We will return most definitely.
One note, this place is in a corner of a shopping plaza and it looks cheesy on the outside but you it truly isn't.
Best Margarita in town..
They have an extensive menu and not just the same Tex-Mex food you can get at most places. I have tried several new items and was very surprised as to the great new dishes that are very flavorful and different.
I love the way they prepare your salsa at your table right in front of you. Talk about fresh! Also, the bean
soup at lunch is just right as an appetizer. Their Margaritas are so Huge, that 1 is all you'll need.
The staff and atmosphere are really good, too. This is not your typical Mexican restaurant and thankfully so.
Perfectly prepared food, bountiful portions, attention to detail. We went to this place on a busy Friday night after not being able to get into two other restauants. We were not expecting much, thinking it would just be another chain-style Mexican restaurant with run-of-the-mill tacos and enchiladas. Nothing could have been farther from the truth. The space, though very casual, had a lot of character and was decorated with pride. The big fat leather-bound menu's were a real reading project, with several pages of interesting and creative dishes. I have eaten a lot of Mexican food, here and in Mexico, and still a lot of these dishes were new to me. Even on this busy night, the server was more than willing to explain dishes to us and even give us a bit of history about those we were interested in. The food itself was perfectly prepared, and bountiful. My husband was given a margarita that you could have taken a swim in. We came home with doggie bags that will easily make another meal or two. There was an unusual attention to detail which made this a superior dining experience, such as the tortillas being served in embroidered little coverlets. We will certainly be back, often.
excellent food, friendly service!. This place looks little on the outside, but is much bigger (though still cozy) once you're inside! I found the food to be excellent -- the salsa is hand-prepared right by your table to your preference for spicy or not, and a little bowl of refried bean dip is also served. I tried the black bean and chicken burrito off the 'healthy' menu, and it was still huge, enough for 2 meals. My dining companion had the regular burrito, and it was fantastic as well. The service was very good, and we went on a Saturday evening during the dinner rush. The manager even came around to check on how things were and it was clear that he was proud of the place (he has reason to be). I definitely plan on going back, and have told many of my friends what a great place this is!
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