Report Card: Senor Antonio’s Mexican Cantina

Senor Antonio's

Senor Antonio’s

Senor Antonio's Mexicano Restaurante and Cantina on Urbanspoon

http://www.senorantonio.com/

 

Overall GrubGrade B- (barely)

 

The Breakdown:

 

Atmosphere:  Grade B-:  Other than the name, there is nothing on the outside of Senior Antonio’s that would let you know you’re at a Mexican restaurant.  On the inside, however, the place was decked out in traditional Mexican décor.  It was tasteful but not overblown.  The restaurant was clean and not very crowded.  Even though the restaurant wasn’t crowded, there were so many tables that the restaurant still had a crowded feeling.  It was really odd to have that crowded sensation even though there were virtually no other patrons in the place.

High marks:  Clean, nice and traditional Mexican decor

Low marks:   Table set up gives a crowded feel

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Service:  Grade B:  The funny thing about traditional (or authentic) Mexican restaurants is that the food usually arrives very quickly.  This was the case on our visit to Senor Antonio’s.  Our server was pleasant, but there seemed to be a slight language barrier with him.  Maybe that’s not completely accurate, as he spoke English very well but the accent really made it hard to understand him.  We find that it is really hard for Mexican restaurants to score high in this category because of the language barrier and because the food arrives so quickly there is little chance for interaction between the server and the diners.  We had a slight snafu with our order since our tacos came out with cheese.  I know what you’re saying…big deal, right?  For some ungodly reason, our daughter, who loves both cheese and tacos, will not eat a taco with cheese on it.  Don’t ask me to explain it…I can’t.  I keep waiting for Ashton Kutcher to come out and tell me I am being Punk’d.  We do have to give the server credit for letting us keep the tacos that had the cheese on them even though they were wrong.  It came in handy since Katina stripped them of their cheese for use on her fajitas.

High marks:  Fast service, server let us keep wrong tacos

Low marks:   Wrong tacos initially brought out, slight language barrier

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Food/Spirits:  Grade C+:  We always grade an establishment based on our visit.  Sometimes that seems a little unfair to me as everyone can have a bad day.  We’ve eaten at Senor Antonio’s a dozen times or so, and while it might not be our absolute favorite, it usually serves as a nice alternative.  Keep that fact in mind as you read the rest of this report card.  For drinks, Katina and I both ordered margaritas (duh).  However, so were not memorable so I couldn’t even tell you what flavor they were.  We can tell you that they weren’t bad, but they were far from the best we’ve had.  The complimentary chips and salsa were okay…they were pretty standard with nothing out of the ordinary.  For entrées, Katina ordered the chicken fajitas and I ordered the nachos.  Katina found her fajitas to be okay.  They were well balanced with a good amount of meat provided.  But the chicken was a little bland, so they didn’t really leave a lasting impression.  The nachos were not very good.  The dish was way out of balance.  There was minimal cheese (you had to actually look for it – I almost sent the nachos back because I was sure the cheese had been forgotten), and the jalapenos were sliced at such an odd angle that the end result were huge slices of jalapenos that completely dominated the dish.  I think we could have gotten the same effect with a bag of Tostitos and a jar of sliced jalapenos.  We were fairly disappointed since we know Senor Antonio’s can do much better.

High marks:  Decent, albeit bland, fajitas               

Low marks:   Terrible nachos, ho-hum margaritas

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Value:  Grade B-:  Based on previous visits, we still recommend giving Senor Antonio’s a try.  However, in this case we feel you can get higher quality food for less money (see Las Margaritas report card for an example).  Maybe we will revisit Senor Antonio’s to see if this visit was a fluke.

High marks:   Nothing on this visit, although previous visits delivered decent quality food

Low marks:  For the quality, the price is a little high for our tastes

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