La Paz Mexican Restaurant and Cantina Restaurant Review Atlanta GA
Usually healthy competition breeds excellence. Such is not the case for La Paz Mexican Restaurant and Cantina. Located in the heart of Historic Vinings Plaza and surrounded by several other excellent restaurants, (not to mention the many Mexican Restaurants in the greater Fulton-Cobb County area) La Paz falls flat on its face.
The atmosphere of La Paz is fine enough. The establishment is located in a building whose architecture mirrors a small chapel. It appears quaint. The interior is decorated with upscale décor. There’s a great photo opportunity in front of a wooden statue of a cowboy, but the décor is about the only thing worth going for. The food and service at La Paz definitely leave something to be desired.
LaPaz Mexican Restaurant Main Entrance
If for some reason despite the warning you do venture into La Paz, avoid the Southwest Chowder. The menu describes it as roasted corn, chilies and onions in a rich cream base topped with grilled shrimp and calabacitas. I’m not sure by what stretch of the imagination this would be considered chowder. The cream had literally separated to the top of the soup. The cheese was gross! It tasted like someone had poured pickling liquid into it.
The guacamole didn’t exactly rise to the occasion either. This almost broke my heart because I love avocado. However at La Paz, I can’t help but wonder if it’s not limes that make the guacamole green. The mixture is supposed to contain avocados with tomatoes, onions, fresh lime juice and spices. That lime juice “steals the show.” The guacamole is literally tart.
LaPaz Mexican Restaurant Table
La Paz has other offerings. There menu include burritos, salads, and enchiladas. There are of course house specials. Oh and of course the Taqueria Style soft corn tacos that come with onions, cilantro, shredded cabbage, and Mexican rice or there’s the limited dessert menu, if you want to try something different. I, however, cannot tell you about these items because given the appetizers and soup, I dare not try any of them! I just couldn’t stomach anything else from this place. They have a pretty heavy (and expensive) drink menu as well.
LaPaz Mexican Restaurant Bar
In terms of service, I’m not sure how to even describe it. Our waitress had the attention span of a two year old in a candy store without parents. It’s like someone never explained the concept of a refill to her. My guest and I almost never got drink refills. At one point, I got up to refill my drink myself. Given the quality of the food I truly needed it. We also had to wait about twenty minutes for our check. This would be somewhat understandable in a lunch or dinner rush, but there was literally about four other patrons in this place. With what we were served, I can truly understand why.
LaPaz Mexican Restaurant Cowboy Status
My other major concern with La Paz is the degree to which they pinch pennies. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that they do have a business to run, that times are tough, and that oftentimes customers attempt to take advantage of food service institutions. At La Paz these conflicts are meet by overcharging for the smallest of items: shredded cheese, jalapenos, additional chips. Really? This would be understandable if I was paying for a $5 Mexican Lunch scale, but La Paz claims to be authentic and inherently upscale. A bowl of dip runs $7+. I find it difficult to believe that they are really that hard up for cash.
LaPaz Mexican Restaurant Lower Entrance
If you find yourself in the Vinings area, my recommendation is that you eat somewhere else and my wish is that your experience at La Paz is far better than my own.
Service 1/5- Not upto the mark.
Food 2/5- You will get better food at Taco Bell.
Atmosphere 4/5- If you want a nice place to look around, this is your spot, but the food isn’t as great as the scenery.
Price 2/5- For what you are getting, they are definitely overcharging you.
La Paz Mexican Restaurant and Cantina
2950 New Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30339
Check it out online @ www.lapazvinings.com
La Paz Mexican Restaurant and Cantina Restaurant Review Atlanta GA is written by Ashley Strong-Green