Once again, I embarked on a quest to find which Mexican restaurants in RVA can serve more culturally authentic food than Taco Bell. During my journey, I went to visit Tres Machos for lunch last month. How did my experience go? Here is my review.
Service- I arrived at the restaurant not too long after it opened. Once I made my way through the door I was greeted by the host who sat me down immediately. My server was particularly friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. I placed my order and the food was brought out roughly 10 minutes afterwards. The food was hot and I did not have to ask or hunt my server down for anything.
Flavors- I ordered the Chicken and Spinach entree. This dish comes with grilled chicken breast with a spinach and bacon sauce, rice or mashed potatoes and a salad. The spinach and bacon sauce really set the rest of the meal off. I fell immediately in love with it and literally licked the place clean when I was done.
Portion Size- The entree came with a portion size that is larger and most Mexican restaurants that I've been to in the past. I did not feel the need to stop by McDonalds after finishing my meal today.
Prices- There is a lunch special section and the majority of the items on the menu are reasonably priced. I opted to order some of the higher quality items. The Chicken and Spinach was $13.99. Portion wise it was a fair price, but quality of food wise its questionable. I was expecting fresh chicken with my dish and my chicken appeared to be of the frozen processed variety. The chicken was not bad, but vastly different from the taste of a fresh meal.
Taste of rice- There was really nothing special about the rice that came with my dish. It could have used more seasoning.
Overall- Any place with good service, large portion size, decent flavors and lunch specials deserves a second look. Since this is one of the better Mexican restaurants on Midlothian Turnpike outside of Don Pepe, I could see myself going again. I would likely order a burrito or taco the next time I go. FOUR STARS
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