I have a group of friends that really enjoys Mexican Food. To the point where I think whenever we get together, it is for tacos, burritos, or something of the like. I had heard mixed reviews about La Tolteca in Canton but it was a friends birthday and that’s where she really wanted to go.
When we entered, the interior was the same tacky Mexican-inspired decor that they have inside of Don Pablos, or any other Mexican chain restaurant. But design isn’t an indicator of the food, and sometimes restaurants like the authentic vibe.
When we were seated, we were given complimentary Chips and Salsa. The chips and salsa were free, so they weren’t much better than the bagged supermarket variety, but they weren’t bad to munch on before the meal.
My friends and I decided to share the Tableside Guacamole, this was fresh avocados, diced tomatoes, jalapeno, onion, and spices. The guac was really flavorful and fortunately the jalapenos didn’t overpower the avocados and create too much spice.
One of my friends ordered the Fajitas Taco Salad. The salad was a crispy flour tortilla with fried beans, grilled shrimp, onions, tomatoes and bell peppers topped with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and cheese. My friend really enjoyed the top part of this salad, but the bottom of the dish was incredibly soggy and greasy from the dressing so she was unable to finish it.
My other two friends shared the Steak and Chicken Fajitas. They both said the chicken was cooked well and this was their favorite of the two proteins.
My friends were less impressed with the Steak Fajitas saying they were a little overcooked/dry.
The fajitas also came with guac, sour cream, tomatoes, rice, and lettuce. These were your standard fajita stuffers, but nothing particularly special.
For my meal, I went with the Carne Asada Street Tacos. The tacos were very low fuss and served with salsa verde, chopped onions, cilantro, and lime. I really enjoyed my tacos and I think they were the highlight of the meal. The steak was cooked and seasoned well, and overflowing out of my tortilla.
While I really enjoyed my meal, my friends weren’t overly pleased with theirs. La Tolteca reminded us of some of the large chain Mexican restaurants and I’m in no rush to return anytime soon.
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