If there’s one thing I believe about Mexican restaurants, it’s that a city can’t have too many of them.
Sometimes you’re looking for a louder place to make merry with friends and enjoy some margaritas and nachos. Other times, you’re just looking for a quieter restaurant that has really good fajitas. Both restaurants hit the spot, depending on what you’re in the mood for.
La Fiesta — a new Macon eatery that’s opened in the building that used to house San Marcos — seems to be more of the latter, based on a couple of visits.
First off, I have to say that the service at La Fiesta was great. The waitresses were friendly, attentive and efficient.
My first trip there was with a couple of friends on a Friday night. We got there at about 7:30 p.m. and it was crowded, but not very loud. Perfect for easy conversation.
We ordered some cheese dip to go along with the chips and salsa. The cheese dip was top notch — just the right consistency and temperature. But the salsa was disappointing — spicy, but without a lot of complexity in flavor. (I’ll admit, I prefer chunky salsa too, and this didn’t fit that bill.)
We were all pretty pleased with our meals. I ordered a combination platter with a beef burrito, taco and cheese enchilada. The enchilada was one of the best I’ve had, as the sauce had a spicy kick to it. The burrito and taco were OK, but nothing special. The ground beef mixture in both of them was bland.
One of my friends ordered the fajita quesadilla, which she liked a lot. She said both the chicken and steak were well-seasoned, and that the vegetables were still a little crunchy and perfectly cooked. My other friend ordered the taco salad, which she said was pretty good. It was loaded with chicken, and she gave high marks to the strong, crispy shell. But she said the salad was a little flat overall.
My second visit was on a weeknight at about 7 p.m. We were one of only a handful of full tables. This time I discovered my favorite thing about La Fiesta — the guacamole! It wasn’t spicy, but the flavors in it (lime juice, cilantro maybe?) were just right.
I was enjoying the guacamole so much that I had to order the chicken tostaguac, which is a crispy tortilla covered in chicken, lettuce and guacamole. It was loaded with chicken, which was marinated perfectly. I also had rice and beans, which were pretty good. The rice was cooked perfectly.
My friend ordered the fajitas with steak, shrimp and chicken. He raved about the meat — especially the large shrimp. He said all of it was well marinated and cooked just right. He also said that compared to other Mexican restaurants, it was a large portion for the price.
The verdict: I’ll be back. And next time I’m getting the fajitas!
@MA Box Type:Address: 2460 Riverside Drive, Macon, GA
Phone: (478) 745-0110
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thurday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday; closed on Sunday
Payment: Cash, credit cards
Children’s menu: Yes
Vegetarian selections: Yes
Handicapped accessible: Yes
Noise level: Low
Latest health code rating: 100