5300 Homewood Banks Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612
Chips & Salsa
Medium Frozen Margarita - $7.00
Texana Fajita Quesadilla Ranchera - $13.50
Grilled Chicken Quesadilla Ranchera - $12.50
This is a restaurant review of a fairly new Mexican restaurant located in Raleigh, North Carolina called San Marcos. It's been open almost a year. It's behind Crabtree Valley Mall on Homewood Banks Drive. You can't see it from the mall, so it's kind of hidden. They have two other locations in North Carolina. They are open everyday from 11 am until 10 pm except on Friday and Saturday when they stay open an hour later. Their sanitation score is currently 95 which is very good. We arrived last Saturday around 2:40 pm. They have a large, beautiful reception area. We were greeted right away by the manager and taken to a booth.
Within two minutes we were brought chips and salsa. The chips were fresh, but not warm and they were very crisp and tasty. The salsa was chunky and quite spicy, it's our favorite in the Triangle. If they sold it in jars, I'd buy it all the time! I ordered a Pomegranate Martini, but I was told the bartender had not arrived yet, so I ordered a Frozen House Margarita instead. It tasted like pineapple, so I found it quite odd. I wouldn't order it again. We had a difficult time figuring out what to order since the dinner menu is many pages long and we were also given the lunch menu. By the time we ordered it was 3 pm, so we were told we couldn't order off the lunch menu. Then we had to take more time to figure out what to order off the dinner menu. That was aggravating especially since the dinner menu's print is so small and I didn't bring my reading glasses since I don't normally need them for menus. I think they should have allowed us to order from the lunch menu since they gave them to us and it was right at 3 pm when we ordered. I had looked for their menus online prior to going, but there weren't any. I'm posting menu photos over on Zomato so you can take a look before you visit. About ten minutes after we ordered our entrees were delivered. Hubby ordered the Fajita Texana and we were surprised our entrees didn't come with rice and beans. We thought that was strange especially at the prices of $12.50 and $13.50! The shrimp was cooked properly, the chicken was tender and the steak was tasty. Plus, the vegetables weren't overcooked and it had a lovely spicy flavor. The guacamole was tasty, but we wished we had at least three times the amount they gave us. My quesadilla looked like a fajita, so I was disappointed it wasn't traditional and cut into triangles. The chicken was very tasty and tender and there was a good amount of cheese on top and it was a healthy portion. We enjoyed our food and the atmosphere was fantastic. The waiters are nicely dressed in black pants and black, long sleeved dress shirts with red bow ties. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly and it appeared the other waiters were the same. The friendly manager asked if we were happy with our meals and brought us to go containers for our leftover chips and salsa. It was a very nice experience and we plan to return soon. The receptionist told us to have a nice day on our way out which I always appreciate.
I recommend you give this new restaurant a try. It's one of the few restaurants in the area that doesn't take a siesta. Since we often eat after the lunch rush and before the dinner rush, we really appreciate that. What's your favorite Mexican restaurant in the Triangle?
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