Foodie Fridays: Yolanda’s Mexican Restaurant

Posted: March 11, 2011 in Foodie Fridays
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Ok, not the best “Mexican” food around, but definitely a staple for a town (in which I grew up, by the way) that can hardly be considered a cultural oasis of dining out options. The Ventura location is prime- right on Main Street, but not so close to the heart of it that getting to it is a hassle. Parking, on the other hand, would be a lot easier if they didn’t have to share a parking lot with at least a dozen neighboring businesses. The decor is…tropical, I suppose? Not sure, but as I’ve said in the past, you can’t eat decor and rarely do I go out to eat because of the way a place is decorated.

Service is ok, though seems to suffer a bit when it gets busy. The place is generally clean enough, but at times could be cleaned a little more often (basic sweeping-type stuff, nothing major or unhealthful). Everything on the menu, from tacos to cheeseburgers- that’s right- are pretty good. Chips and salsa are a slam dunk; albondigas is quite flavorful; salads look as though they came out of a bag from Smart & Final, which appropriately enough is right next door; all of their enchiladas and burritos are good, though the plain cheese is a little bland; tamales: F-; they taste like plastic.

While it could be improved in some areas, I will continue to go back. Call it nostalgic stubbornness, but there is something very comforting about Yolanda’s, despite its shortcomings.


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