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Cielito Lindo is not top of the line mexican at all. They serve soggy chicken burritos. Not cool in my eyes.
The food is good, but the portions are small and the staff is pretty much indifferent to gringos - with the exception of Diego, who is super cool.
If you are going to order something to go, its best that you just show up rather than calling in. If you call, the phone will ring for at least a minute and someone who doesn't speak English might pick up the phone. Plus if you call it in they probably won't start making it until you come to pick it up anyway. Or they may have already given your food to someone else by the time you get there.
The cool thing is that they have lunch specials. The best value is the Wednesday $3.99 taco salad. Just be prepared to pay a takeout fee of $0.50.
They have amazing dinner/lunch specials (monday 1/2 price chimichangas and tuesday $0.99 tacos). My husband and i go there almost every monday for the shredded beef chimichangas with the green hot sauce! We have never been disappointed. The service is pretty good, but usually we just get it to go. So if you have complaints about the service just take it home! Btw, whoever thinks Tres is expensive obviously doesn't know about the $3.99 chimi dinners and the $0.99 tacos. It doesn't get cheaper than that!
Try the Al Pastor or the Carnitas or some of the traditional dishes and you will love this place. The Bean Dip Rocks like no other I have had in Lawrence. They have the Coldest Tecate in town. You can get tacos anywhere but give the traditional dishes a chance. The staff and owners at Tres are freaking awesome!
Finally a descent Mexican restaurant that is not catered just for gringo taste! The portions are huge and loaded with sabor. Whenever my family visits we go to Tres Mexicanos. I never, absolutely never, order traditional dishes at a Mexican restaurant because I know they can't quite possibly be like what my mama makes. I prefer the soups at this place.
Fish tacos = YUMMMMYY!! Their margaritas were awesome too!!
We think its the best Mexican food in town and the prices are very reasonable if you don't compare it to Taco Bell. Our experience with service has always been great, fast and friendly.
First, I'd have to say the food is good. If it weren't so good (and cheap-ish), I wouldn't have put up with the horrible, horrible service I've received nearly every time I've visited. Several times going in with friends, we've not been acknowledged - not being seated for 10 minutes (when it was empty), not being served for 20. Then waited more than 30 for things like quesadillas. It's meat and cheese in a flour tortilla, if you don't know. It shouldn't take more than 30 minutes, especially when they're clearly not cooking anyone else's food because there isn't anyone else there. No one ever refills your drink. I would understand if it were a "European" dining experience. It's not. If you're a table of all females - hope you get a male waiter. If you're a table of all males - hope you get a female waiter. Selling your sex is apparently the only way to get serviced at 3 Mexicans.Like I said, I put up with that several times. I even put up with the girl they try to pass for a waitress/hostess when she literally did the "bend and snap" - putting her butt right in my husband's face as she bent over and then leaned over him trying to look coy as she "apologized". But after the last visit, we will no longer visit Tres Mexicanos. It was busy. It was a Friday night around 7-ish, so a wait could be expected. I walked in, my husband following behind. As I walked up to put our name on the waiting list, the hostess shooed me and looked over my shoulder to get my husband's name. She LITERALLY SHOOED me. After I informed her that not only did I walk in first, but that he was with me - she decided she guessed she could speak to me. As I asked her how long a wait - she hatefully barked - "I don't know! There are people in front of you!" Well duh. Like I didn't see the half dozen other people waiting. I guess it could be just me. Maybe it's just me they don't like and therefore treat horribly and serve badly - but that kind of rudeness and disrespect is enough to keep me, my husband and all of our friends who previously had spent quite a lot of money there away. It's not worth your time. You can make a burrito just as good as their's at home - or better yet - visit the Taco Bell. Sadly enough, you'll get better service there too.
I agree that the prices are too high--for the food anyway. It tastes okay but the portions are comically frugal. I ordered the fish tacos, which cost about $10-$12. I got what amounted to a single frozen fish stick divided among three minuscule tortillas. The cook even left the tacos spread open to create the illusion of a plate of food. The chips and salsa were not very flavorful or fresh, but at least they were free so I didn't have to leave hungry. That said, the restaurant is surprisingly inviting for its strip mall location, and you can get $1 beers on Friday. The server was friendly and attentive, too.
Wow, what a disappointment. Small portions, poor service and high prices. Once was enough for me.
On a lunch break, three of us went there today. It took them five minutes to acknowledge we had walked in there, five more minutes to be seated (the place was half empty), and twenty minutes for our server to take our order. We ordered two dishes from the specials board, and one plate of tacos. It took forty minutes to arrive at our table. We maintained our politeness and asked for our food to go, since two of us had to get back to work. We were charged full price for our trouble, got very little in the way of a smile, eye contact or friendliness, and eventually, we were handed three ten dollar gift certificates as we were walking out the door. The "mexican style" soft tacos with chorizo were tasty enough when I got them home, but nothing that Burrito King doesn't do just as well, if not better, for half the price and in a tenth the time every day. Tres Mexicanos made a profit off of us. We will not go back to redeem those gift certificates.
Wow! Real carnitas...real tacos...real tamales.
Good for a change up of the Midwestern Mexican food that is the normal choice.
I recommend it.
High prices? compared to what Taco Bell.
I think this is the best mexican restaurant in town, great food, authentic, very reasonable prices and friendly prompt service.
I have to agree with davidborys; thought the menu was overpriced for what you received.
Yeah, I would definitely consider Cielito Lindo top shelf. I've tried every single Mexican restaurant in Lawrence, and Cielito Lindo is the only one I'll go to on a regular basis. Tres Mexicanos is a good place if you're out near Haskell, but the food seems to be a bit more expensive than the other places here in town and it's just not as good.
Cielito Lindo is considered "top shelf"? Someone needs to get their head checked.
I think the prices are too high and the menu is too small. The atmosphere is nice but I dont see what they offer over the other staple mexican restaurants in town. Food was ok, service was ok, but I will stick with my other town favorites.
Best Mexican food in town.
Indeed no Ixtapa just yet... but damn good and priced right.
The kitchen is always open during business hours.
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