If you are looking for an AUTHENTIC Mexican dining experience in Columbus, run - DO NOT WALK - to Playa Largo! (To give you a clue as to how authentic this restaurant is, the menu is in Spanish and the clientele when I was there was almost entirely of Hispanic or Latino descent.) Absolutely excellent and quite delicious mix of tasty home-style cooking, as well as traditional American/Mexican "fusion" dishes and very near gourmet grade Mexican dishes. Service is at a relaxed pace, and food was served by several members of the cooking staff when I dined there with a friend. Having lived previously in both Texas and Southern California, this humble establishment was exactly what I had been missing! Not for everyone if you prefer familiar Americanized Mexican served at lunch-hour pacing, but If you are somewhat adventurous in your eating preferences, try Playa Largo. You will NOT be disappointed.
Rosemary fries are adictive. Burgers are bigger and tastier than their competition - but priced higher too.Service is excellent, but, the "I" instead of "we" implies only the waiter was responsible and not the rest of the staff. As a manager myself who is focused on team building this is very disconcerting. Then there's the guy who thinks I can't pour a shake from the mix cup to a glass. I'm not an eight year old! But that strawberry shortcake shake was excellent.Since it was a nearly two hour drive to get there from western part of the state, next time I get to C'bus I'll most likely end up at Thurmans, closer, bigger burgers, better atmosphere etc.Bottom line: food four stars, service would be four but for the above, so can't say better than three stars. Sorry Michael.
Tried this earlier with friends... and one had just returned from 7 weeks in SE Asia, so much of the food tasted authentic to her! :) Her portion was smaller and mine larger, but food was good, place looked pretty clean, lots of folks came in to eat, as well as a large party. Great pics with menu/descriptions. Prices very reasonable! :)
As said, the non-assuming appearance would not draw you in. but the Chinese Vegetables were quite good. The tofu, added & fried, was extremely fresh; the vegetables, flavorful. The spices were moderate, as requested, and distinctive. Reasonable prices.A good bet!