It was our daughter-in-laws birthday, so my wife and I took the whole family out to dinner. There were seven of us, three kids ages 9, 12 and 13 and four adults. We are no strangers to Mexican food and usually find ourselves at nearby El Mariachi, but having seen Tijuana Taxi from the street, we decided to give it a try. Since it was a busy Saturday night, they were not able to seat our party inside the restaurant, but offered us a table outside. It was a cool, night, and we accepted. My only view of the actual restaurant was as we passed through to the patio area. It was Tijuana glitzy and very noisy, but looked like a nice dining room. Outside turned out to be much quieter and I actually liked it better. The only negative was that smoking is allowed in the outside dining area, and the hostess did not inform us of that. Halfway through the meal we started smelling the smoke, which was a real turnoff. The manager came to our table to apologize for the oversight in not telling us in advance. As for the food, it was great. They started us with complimentary nacho chips and salsa and refreshed the bowls when we finished the first round. My chicken fajitas were delicious and the portion was huge, as was my son's mahi-mahi fajitas and my daughter-in-laws steak fajitas. The chicken quesadia was also very good. My wife, who lives on salads, loved her Pepe Loco salad, which was served with a side chicken quesadia. The 9 year old only wanted a hamburger, but seemed to enjoy what they served him. In general, the service was pretty good, except that there was a bit of a wait for the food to arrive. Before we could complain, the server explained that the kitchen had gotten hit with a large order the same time she put our order in, but our food was coming right out. Within a minute we all had our food in front of us. As for the prices, I could not have been happier. At a little over $100, this was one of the cheaper meals for our family. I would like to return and try the inside of the restaurant next time. I will trade the smoke for the noise any day.
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