Casa Romero
Casa Romero

Casa Romero

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.casaromero.com/
  • Phone: 6175364341x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Sunday: 10:30am-9pm Brunch/Lunch/Dinner

    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Leo Romero
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a very cozy private dining room that has a capacity to seat 23 people. We also offer a smaller private space that accommodates private parties from 6-8 people. Our restaurant is also open to private functions daily to celebrate birthday parties, bridal or baby showers or whatever it is you would like to celebrate.
  • Private Party Contact: Nicole Monis 6175364341x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between Newbury st and Commonwealth Ave.
  • Public Transit: Hynes Convention Center Station (Green)
    Prudential Station (Green)
    Copley Station (Green)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Meter parking is available on Newbury Street and there is also parking lots at the Prudential Center and on Newbury street
A word from Casa Romero
After 40 years, my customers still tell me what a delightful discovery it is to step out of a Boston alley and into the heart of Mexico. That is exactly what I had envisioned when I decorated the coffered door and walls of my restaurant with the bright Talavera tiles from Puebla, Mexico. Casa Romero is located in the midst of glamorous Back Bay at 30 Gloucester and offers the best traditional Mexican food in Boston.
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Casa Romero reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (57)romantic (30)fit for foodies (27)good for groups (25)great for outdoor dining (23)special occasion (22)late-night find (9)hot spot (7)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • newinboston
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Enjoyed the guacamole, fish taco platter, and enchiladas verdes. However, server was hard to track down, even on a Sunday night. Also felt rushed to finish dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was served cool to like-warm, service was poor, management was rude when we complained about the temperature of food. The bachelorette party in the main room made it impossible to rate the noise level. Cacophonous comes to mind.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food, poor service
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I've been here many times and was excited to introduce it to some of my friends. Unfortunately, we had the worst service I've ever experienced. Towards the end of our meal, one of the servers accidentally spilled a drink that got on my friends food. He was very apologetic and we were given some free drinks as a result. A short while later, a different server spilled salsa all over that same friend (on her blouse, pants, shoes). Instead of offering her meal free or at a discounted rate, our server offered baking soda for the possible stains. The worst part though was when our server already had our cards to pay for the meal and the host came over and told us we had been there too long and needed to leave!! It was humiliating and rude.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casa Romero
    Nimis
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Drinks and foods were good, I just felt that the service lacked a little.For example I didn't take another round of drinks but was not offered more water so I didn't have anything to drink for the rest of the meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casa Romero continues to deliver
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Once again a soid meal at Casa Romero. Patron Margarita's were very good. Ordered my go to dish, the chicken stuffed with cheese and cactus and covered in mole sauce. I just love this dish, the uniqueness of the cactus, the well executed mole and the kicker, the sauteed plantains on the side. I'll be back again soon as I can't go too long without enjoying this tasty dish....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DineOutOftenVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great restaurant overall. Service was terrific, food was tasty and served in a reasonable time, even though the restaurant was full. But it was too noisy. We could not talk across the table and be heard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casa Romero
    foodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a nice dinner but from what I had heard about this place I expected more. I got their signature dish which was pork sautéed with oranges. The meat was a little tough and the orange sauce overwhelmed it. Not bad but nothing great. My partner ordered the calamari which was overcooked. I wouldn't go out of my way to return there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming outside; delicious
    G222
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Neighborhood gem in the alley - the outdoor patio is a cozy and pleasant spot, decor overshadowed by an ivy tower next door. Margaritas are strong, quality ingredients and well-made. Food goes above and beyond, without much flash on paper but very well executed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Missyzim1
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were looking for a Mexican restaurant in the Newbury area and read about this one in Open Table. It sounded great and it didn't disappoint us. The atmosphere fit the genre and the food was delicious. Loved the guacamole! We will definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Rich
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great meal and a awesome birthday song! Waiter was attentive and in addition to the food being great the drinks were even better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food!
    Hbuniotto
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Boston. The food is amazing and the service and awesome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrations abound
    All605
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a lovely celebration for a special birthday with a group of 12 recently. Have not been to Casa Romero in many years since we left the area, but the ambience is just as charming as ever. They seemed to have a quite a few large groups celebrating birthdays and bachelorette parties amog other things, and yet our service never suffered. The quality of the food was not as high as I remembered, but again it has been a long time! A lovely evening had by all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lizzie
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Fabulous food and ambience. Have eaten there 3 times. Not crowded last time, but service not great. Had to chase down waiter several times for drinks, check, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent brunch!
    MCsquaredVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My husband and I went here for Sunday brunch and everything was absolutely phenomenal. 100% authentic Mexican food, on par with what you you would get in the homeland. Being a Mexican who cooks, I am extremely picky about Mexican food, but have always found Casa Romero to have the most authentic, perfectly balanced dishes with vibrant flavors. Also, the service was top notch from beginning to end! We sat outside (even though we expected rain) on the adorable little patio nestled in between the Boston brownstones. Once it started raining our server quickly lowered the awning to make sure we were covered. He gave just the right amount of attention without being too smothering. Highly recommended for any meal!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good for inviting friends
    OmideIran
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I invited a group of 10 friends and family to Casa Romero. Although the door of the restaurant was opening towards an small alley and I did not expect it, the atmosphere inside the restaurant and their food and services were excellent. We enjoyed the environment and the food and all of my guests were very happy with everything there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE Casa Romero!
    LTC123
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This is a Boston institution - and deserves to be. Such a great spot, delicious food and all around good service and ambience. Such a gem. I just wish they would take reservations for outside!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious but not spicy
    LeQuif
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Service was extremely slow. It started with the hostess who ignored us when we entered to help a customer who came in just behind us to find something/someone in the restaurant. Upon her return she was far from welcoming and seemed disdainful of our presence. Later observed her twice fawning over young, beautiful couples to find them the perfect table. It took forever to place our orders and to get our drinks. They sat us outside beside a noisy air conditioner, the hot exhaust of which made the dining experience almost intolerable. The food was exceptionally delicious and flavorful but lacked heat that makes Mexican cuisine even more enjoyable. It's a solid "meh" for me. May come back but given the cost, will probably go for someplace else.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Night - Service
    Maverick2676
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I frequent this place quite often. I love the food and the ambience. But tonight I was truly let down. Our waiter was totally spaced out (I am not sure if there was a language barrier as well). He was not attentive, we had to ask to get refills on water, order more drinks, and just general followups on our experience. He definitely did not have a "Can Do" attitude. I don't request much from wait staff, I am not one of those foodies that calls for managers to fix things. So for me to write this really took me a while to think about. This must have been a total off night for everyone. Our food took over an hour to be brought out. The wait staff just kept saying its coming. They did not even offer to bring out apps or more chips.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • que4uVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Just kind of missed the mark on most items. Long greet time by server, their "signature" orange-chipotle pork tenderloin tasted literally like it was swimming in a plate of orange juice. Friends beef dish had potato chunks which were seared but still literally rock hard. Better places out there.
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  • Very Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I will begin by saying the food and drinks were good. After that…all downhill. If you don't mind entering this basement establishment through the alley, dine here. If you don't mind being greeted by an aloof server posing as a host, whom rolls his eyes whilst asking if you have a reservation on a Thursday evening at 5:45 and can't be bothered to check you in, please dine here. If you would like to be seated at the server's station in an almost empty restaurant and be forced to listen to the servers congregate, speak spanish to one another and think no one understands what they are saying, please dine here. This establishment needs an overhaul, major cleaning of the staff and restaurant itself.
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  • Great
    Fundinwe
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great overall experience; we sat outside - I recommend
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very old, very good
    TommyVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Not sure how long it's been here, or how long we've been going. But it is very good Mexican food. With very good margaritas. And their guacamole, you must try the Caramelos, and the cerviche. Excellent restaurant. Loud, but that's Boston. Can get crowded in there, but their food is just terrific. Reservations a must.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    MarysFamily
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Excellent authentic Mexican food. Orange pork is amazing. Cerviche is fresh and flavorful. Best salsa in town. Sevice is friendly. Recommend you make reservations.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great evening at Casa Romero
    Betsy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We met family at Casa Romero on Saturday evening. Casa Romero was wonderful as always. Our visitors were surprised at the slightly hidden entrance on the alley, but enjoyed it greatly. It always seems like a private hideaway. The décor warm and inviting and the food was as always very authentic and delicious. The ceviche and the chicken mole were wonderful as were all our orders. After dinner, the proximity to Newbury Street made a walk very appealing . It was an evening to remember. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Duncan
    Birthdaydiner
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food was fine. Service was ok as we were on the early side in the evening. Menu appears to be limited, with few daily specials. May have been due to the holiday weekend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Wonderful Mexican restaurant tucked charmingly in the darling basement space, entered from an alley off Gloucester Street. But the best is the inside--thoroughly welcoming, Mexican tiles and decor, great chips & salsa, and terrific food. We love their early diner prix fixe ($29 for 3 courses). But anything you choose will be delicious. Great sangria--flavorful, not too much ice. We keep coming back--happily!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Mexican
    Bostoncouple
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Still a favorite after 25 years. Great margaritas and outstanding red sangrias. Love the Mole sauce.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party of 15
    ELS1
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Casa Romero did a great job with our large party. Our waiter was fantastic I wish I could remember his name to personally thank him. DELICIOUS drinks and a really great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    MaryBob76
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was good but the service inconsistent. Our meals came out quickly but we never got the appetizers we ordered. We told them to cancel them and concentrated on the meal. Our waiter did come over and was very apologetic about the appetizers. The meal was very good but we had to ask for more tortilla shells as they only come with two. I did not care for the Margharita, but I was in the minority on that. We were seated outside which was very nice, but the tables are very close together. Overall I would say the service is good and the food we got was good. It is a little expensive, not somewhere I would go all the time, but would go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great drinks, food needs work
    orangefeathers
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This restaurant has a lot going for it -- excellent drinks (Margaritas, sangria), lovely ambiance (garden patio, Spanish tile work), great hidden-gem-in-the-city feel to the location, not terribly expensive. The selections on the menu are varied enough, and sound good, but the food disappoints. It's bland and uninspired -- from appetizers through to dessert. A fresh start in the kitchen would really transform this place. Start by providing tableside guacamole, add some heat to the dishes, make sure ingredients are fresh, use more herbs & spices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once we got seated...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My dinner companion and I wondered if it was because we were two middle-aged women dining out together. We had a reservation on the early side on a Saturday. The restaurant was mostly empty, yet we were seated in an undesirable place. When my dinner companion objected, they seated us again, in another undesirable place (employee exit where they had to walk around the chair to get in and out). My friend protested again, and we were told that although it was mostly empty, they had many reservations. Apparently they forget we had a reservation. That entire drill took about 15 minutes, because the waitperson had to check in with someone in the front each time. Once we were seated the service was very good, as was the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    WMB1
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Nothing too much to say, just a nice place for Mexican food. Not your standard burrito, quesadilla sort of place. The meals are a bit fancier, the service more refined. It's really just a nice place, not terribly pricey and to the extent that what they do, they do well, you don't feel taken. A lot of value for the money. I will say, there is limited outdoor seating so if you can plan for good weather, and you would need reservations for these seats, but it could be nice. We had great weather but no reservations for the outdoors so we sat inside. Anyway, if I were in the area and need somewhere to dine, I wouldn't hesitate to go back. I really liked it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good
    Beanie
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food and atmosphere was great. However once our food was delivered our server never returned to check on us until we had been finished for a while. Also the host was unorganized and seemed overwhelmed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just as good forty-two years later!
    Pilgrim
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We had out first date here in 1972, when we attended college in Boston. We returned this week for our fortieth reunion, and had a wonderful evening. Once again I ordered the enchiladas verdes, and they were delicious! It was a memorable evening in 1972 and again in 2014!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DynahVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We are regulars here. The food is so good, real Mexican, and they know how to make a margarita! This evening was a Sunday and was quiet enough to talk, but if you come on Friday or Saturday nights this place can be quite boisterous! I did say they make a mean margarita!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, bad service
    bostondiner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our waiter kept rushing us to order. He then brought us the wrong drink and didn't offer to exchange it for what we had ordered. He mixed up the side dishes. He tried to clear the table before we were done. The food was good. I haven't decided if I will go back though because of the service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 46 reviews are from the Casa Romero reviews archive.
  • Oldie but goodie
    Timeformexican
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This restaurant has been around for a long time and even though we hadn't been here in a long time, it did not disappoint . Our original table was under the air conditioning and when I asked if we could be reseated, they were very accommodating . The food was excellent. I had enchiladas verses and my husband had stuffed calimari. We are every last bite! Service was very good too. We will plan a repeat visit the next time we are in Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My husband's meal was great.
    kenmorexperience3
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We went to Casa Romero for my daughter's graduation from Boston University. I ordered the recommended pork house specialty after reading reviews. It was $25 and awful. My daughter did the 3 course early bird. Everything bland or tasteless with the tortilla soup being the exception. My husband hit the jackpot for that evening. A chicken dish stuffed w cheese and catcus. Waiter was polite but removed unfinished drinks from our table without asking. Probably will not return.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Th food was really good and so were the drinks. Great, fun atmosphere
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot Hype?
    Out4LunchVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    When the guacamole is $8, I expect a mound of deliciousness. Instead, it's filled with tomatoes, we couldn't find the cilantro or lime, and the scoop was paltry. The food was decent... nothing special. The shrimp & crab enchiladas were "fishy" smelling, the rice was dried out. The mole sauce was great, but the tortillas were mushy and chicken dried out. I would have rather spent $58 (and that's only the guac, 2 entrees and tip!) on lunch from the food truck and pocketed the rest - it would have been fresher and more authentic.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic