Los Aviña

201 State Rd 24
Archer, 32618
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This was my third time eating here and they failed to impress me much this time around. There were a few minor issues I'd let go in my original review, but revisiting them for the third time and noticing these issues again, I cannot pass them over so easily. For one, the portions are very small for a Mexican restaurant. For another, they didn't serve enough garnish (onion, cilantro, and tomato) for my tacos and when I asked for more they were dumbfounded then asked if I'd like to order a "side of it". I said, no, I would just like enough of the garnish to finish the third taco in the order: the amount included by any standard was too little by far. Finally, after much debate, I was given free of charge a small container of . . . just cilantro. Also, the tacos did not included salsa verde but only salsa roja. This is not typical of authentic Mexican tacos. The tacos contained some good pieces of beef but also some very tough pieces, and that takes away from their overall quality too, of course. The waitstaff is friendly enough but doesn't seem to understand more complex questions in English (such as the one about the too-small garnish) and speaking to them in Spanish after they'd argued between each other about whether I should be given more garnish "for free" or not was awkward because then they realized I knew what they were saying when they were trying to figure out whether to charge me for about a tablespoon of cilantro or not. They appeared rather embarassed by that point. I would really like to like this place--Archer needs something like this and its location is perfect plus the interior, while simple, feels very authentic and comfortable. However, this was the third time and while I don't recall the garnish being so tiny before, the problem with too-tough meat has been recurrent and as is said in Mexico, nadie tropieza dos veces con la misma piedra.
Overall this restaurant is surprisingly good. You have to consider the price (about $8 entrees), location (Archer), and competition (La Fiesta, El Toro, La Tienda, El Norteño). They give you chips with the best salsa around, pretty spicy; although once in a while the salsa is not as good as usual. The waitstaff is friendly and they will customize your order and make it how you want it. They can accommodate pretty big groups, and sometimes there's live entertainment. Their food tastes much more authentic than most other area choices, La Tienda excluded. Their guac is okay, not the best, but you can order slices of avocado. I don't eat meat, but people say the chicken soup is really good - and it comes in a nice earthenware bowl. I think the portions are pretty big, in contrast to Mike W.'s opinion. I have not been to Pepe's in Ocala, but I'll have to try it for comparison if I ever find myself in Ocala and hungry.
We ate here last night and everyone was pleased with their food. One friend ordered the "quesadilla loca" and loved it. It looked fantastic! I had flautas which were good, though pretty standard. Liked the chips and salsa and the little bit of guac that came with my food was good - not the gross stuff from a container. Husband had the carnitas and they were pretty good, but maybe not as good as we had in Gainesville at another restaurant. If you are interested in Mexican food this place is worth checking out. They had some nice-sounding specials posted on the wall. Next time will probably give those a try.

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