Can't Imagine How They Have Stayed In Business This Long.
Being a journalist and reviewer by profession, I feel I am qualified to rate this restaurant a sorrowful 1 out of 5 Stars.
Visiting family and the first time in Cape Cod, we decided to visit a local Mexican Restaurant. After all, how can you mess up basic Mexican fare or strawberry margarita's which is always fun before a meal.
When we arrived we were told we had a 40 minute wait, which I thought was a good sign.
Seated we were given a basket of small, cold and broken chips and salsa. We decided to try their 28 ounce Mango Margarita (no strawberry available). Served in a large stem glass, I would seriously doubt that it was 28 ounces, more like 16 ounce glass, I would guess. Not great, no hint of any tequila at all and way too sweet, hard to even drink.
We ordered their steak fajitas which we simply assumed would be sizzling and served with onions and in some places green peppers on a steaming cast iron pan as is the case in every Mexican restaurant I have eaten in, including the chains like Chile's.
After all the definition of Fajitas is grilled meat served on a flour or corn tortilla. This dish arrived on a plate and was ice cold slices of beef, some cold shredded cheese (looked like it was right out of the supermarket package), some beans and I believe rice with some cold tortilla's on the side. We were shocked to say the least and my wife took one bite of the beef and said this had to be pre-cooked and they simply put some on the plate.
We called the waitress who was very nice and decided to send it back and order a salad with some grilled chicken. The replacement came after the three others in our party had finished our dishes and we waited for my wife to finish. I would think when a dish is sent back to the kitchen you push the replacement dish out the door quickly, especially since it was a salad with a piece of grilled chicken on the top.
We were told they don't have grills in the front of the restaurant and couldn't cook some of the dishes because of this. To me this is simply a pre-made food restaurant, my dish also tasted like chicken that was not made fresh.
I would say this was one of the worst imitation Mexican Restaurants I have eaten in and simply can't imagine how they have stayed in business so long. Do all residents of Cape Cod settle for this low quality food at all eateries, simply because they don't know any better.
With the lack of decent competition here, I would imagine even this low quality restaurant can thrive. Don't bother to go here, you have been warned.
Sam Diego's has been a favorite place of mine for a long, long time. Every time I go to the Cape I make it a point of stopping here for Lunch. The chips and salsa and the fajitas are sensational.
If you like good mexican food, not that lousy Alpo dogfood called Taco H*ll, try it!
Good place to try out. Awesome pulled pork!. Sam Diego's is a friendly quirky place. When you walk in, you are seated and get an awesome view of the decoration. It is very authentic, with birds and bright color all around. Warm baked nacho chips and fresh salsa is brought out promptly, but do not fill up on that. I got the pulled pork "samwich" and it was delicious. It is a big portion of split, warm, tasty golden cornbread( the best anywhere) and it is smothered in smoky bbq pulled pork which is really juicy and good, and chili con queso, melted cheeses and tomato. It is served with fries and cole slaw served in a cute tortilla bowl. It is really good. A huge menu takes minutes to ponder, and there are so many great options. The sweet potato fries are quite good too. And my first time here I got the Pork ribs, and could not finish. And I usually don't even like them, but theirs were an exception. They were juicy and succulent. The service is friendly but a little phony, and it is very clean inside. Prices are very good. The "samwich" was only 7 bucks!
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