Tried to have lunch here today. Unfortunately it was terrible. The salsa tasted like it was going bad. My waitress didn't seem to care. My pork burrito special wasn't good either. Five bite sized pieces of pork out of two small burritos. Pork was tough to boot.
This place was pretty good and unique when it was new but not now. I gave it a few chances recently and it was just OK. This last time was really bad and will be my last. Second worst meal I have ever been served in a restaurant.
Since the move from counter service to table service, the quality of the food and experience has remained the same. I was initially worried that prices or selection would change, but for the most part they haven’t. They still have daily entree and soup specials that, for me, are always a highlight of our visit.
This is South American fare, not just Tex-Mex. Expect recipe and styles of cooking from all over the region. Standards such as enchiladas and tacos are available, but more exotic ingredients are included. This place is extremely vegetarian friendly and you can order rice and beans without animal products upon request and the tofu rice bowl is a protein packed and complete treat. If I’m feeling more sinful, I might get a portabella and Roasted Red Pepper chimichanga. Salsas are tasty, but the chips aren’t usually very fresh tasting; the guac is to die for!
The service is generally speedy and friendly, and above average for a college town. A great choice!
Although the food is still wonderful, I preferred the "old" La Parrilla. I miss the booths, self serve soft drinks and casual, college atmosphere. The new configuration provides for less private dining, and I agree that the addition of wait staff adds to the cost of the final bill. Too bad the owners tried to make the restaurant fancier. What they had before was wonderful! I doubt that I will dine in and just opt for carry out.
La Parrilla's new "face lift" is very appealing. Although, I wish they didn't add wait staff. Tipping makes it less affordable so I won't be dining as often. There seems to be less seating and less of a feel of convenience. The food is still exceptional and fairly low in cost!!