Og's recommendation that has the best Carne Asada in the state. http://cafesalsa.com/
From the street, it's not any different than most of the local places and I likely would have driven past it and not stopped. The first time I ate there, we arrived about 3 PM, having skipped lunch, so though the bar area with casual seating was quite busy, the beautifully decorated main dining room wasn't and the service was quick. I have to agree with with the review I got -
BEST Carne Asada I've had in ten years.
That first visit we ordered off the dinner menu and I got the dinner combo which wasn't even the full serving of steak , even though it filled my plate, as it came with a huge enchilada on a big side plate as well as a Crocodile Dundee sized knife. If you want something a little different than rice with a spicy/sweet ranchero sauce and several choices of beans, some of the other sides include garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed veggies and spicy chipotle/wild mushroom salsa you get if you order the ribeye.
We've been back for lunch and had the same great service, with the manager stopping by the table to make sure we were taken care of. The last lunch visit, I tried the lunch carne asada burrito, stuffed with chunks of marinated steak, beans, sour cream, and fresh pica de gallo, covered in a spicy sauce with beans and rice. Under $10 for the whole meal. There's no "fast casual" Mexican food chains that even comes close to a burrito this good for the price.
Pictured below is the appetizer quesidilla that Oglette (who I was lucky enough to sit by) had that evening.
And for you young men out there wondering. Yes, she is as stunning as her mother. She is also an only child and her Father is Og. Enough said.
It was fun, catching up, as work and life have been such we've not all sat down as a complete group in a few months.
OK, now I'm hungry and all that's in my bag is a granola bar. . .