Monday, May 28, 2012
Mexican food review: Tino’s Too in Plano
Never trust a restaurant that doesn't have a website.
The best thing about my meal at Tino's Too was the Negro Modelo. Had to have two in rapid succession. I bought two Groupons for this restaurant, not bothering to read the fine print. $20 for $40 of food. Fine print - can't use for alcohol and only one Groupon per table/per visit. I will now "gift" my other Groupon to someone who is not as picky as I am.
I thought that a family-owned restaurant -- "Serving the Plano Community Since 1976" -- was a good sign. An even better sign was this review by Dr. Joe F. found on Urban Spoon: "My favorite Mexican food place in Collin County. The service is excellent and very friendly. The food is very good. Also, their salsa is very, very good. They give it to you with generous amounts as well as keeping the chips flowing."
This could not be further from the truth. My salsa looked anemic. The tomatoes did not even resemble red. They weren't green either. The salsa was a light orange color and tasted like unripe, watery, oniony blah. Chips were heavy.
Guac: so much lemon that the avocado taste was lost. Also, it arrived so chilled that my first bite immediately caused a brain freeze. Okay, that's an exaggeration, but it did make my crown ache. Hint to sous chef -- sub-arctic temperatures kill the avocado taste.
I ordered a ceviche and cup of tortilla soup. After I removed the huge chunks of carrots and celery (clearly the sous chef is too lazy to chop the veggies into edible bites), I had about two bites of broth and chicken left in my cup. The broth was bland, almost tasteless. No spices, no richness. My ceviche resembled tabouleh. It did not taste like any ceviche that I had ever had, but thanks to the generous amount of lime, it was edible.
My son ordered a quesadilla. The teenaged bottomless pit couldn't even eat half of it, pronouncing the cheese rubbery and the flour tortilla hard. He's going to give up his role as my food review partner if we don't have a good meal soon.
Service: The waiter was efficient, but not friendly. He didn't ask me how I liked or didn't like my meal. He didn't ask if I wanted dessert. He didn't thank me.
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