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I tried this place a couple of times when it first opened a few years but I was unsatified with the food and the atmosphere (old mexican movies blairing on the tv is not pleasant). A few years later I tried it again out of convienence. The service is good and the atmosphere is much better; just latin music playing. The food is much better too. Super low prices for weekday lunch; chicken fajitas for only $6! I go at least once a week now. The food is just as good as El Charro.
This place is a diner, plain and simple. I dined with a friend who ordered the filet with spagetti (yes, that is how it is listed on the menu) and I ordered the ravioli. Both meals came with a side (potato, rice, applesauce, fries) and a side salad. The side salad was a joke; lettuce only. I had to ask for a side of tomato. The basket of texas toast was the highlight of the meal. The filet was cooked correctly but tasted bland because it was not seasoned at all. The tomato sauce was NOT homemade; it was poured straight out of a can. Fazoli's has better sauce.
The Original Louis' true claim to fame is suppose to be the pizza. I must be a glutton for punishment because I went back. The supreme pizza tasted like it came straight from the freezer section laced with canned mushrooms. One of my pizza pet peeves is canned mushrooms on a pizza. I will only accept fresh mushrooms but on this night I forgot to ask; my mistake. The crust was tough and the sauce tasted like tomato soup.
I must first say that the only reason that I tried this place is because I had a 50% off coupon; huge mistake. We went at dinner time on friday and the dining room was empty. This is a place for smokers to hang out around the bar and patio; mostly people over forty. My husband and I are non-smokers so it was unpleasant even though we sat in a non-smoking section. A waitress was smoking at a service station fifteen feet away from us which I thought was very inconsiderate. The hostess gave us a bar food menu and did not even give us a full menu until I requested it. I ordered crabs cake that were more like cakes with a hint of crab. The goopy cinnimon apples were straight out of a can. The onion rings were still doughy; very under cooked. My husband ordered beef filet tips (no mention of them being marinated on the menu). The tips were marinated (over powering garlic) beyond recognition; it could have been sirlon for all he could tell. I am sure that the tips were setting in the frige for a while by the level of marinade penitration. The waitress was seldom to be seen but that was expected since we were the only people in the dining room. Aweful experience! I should have refused to pay. One last thing, Ray's received a score of 69 from the Health Dept! That is a failing grade. Unfortunately, I did not think to check it out before eating there.
My husband and I made four trips to TOT. I keep getting the TOT basil fried rice with tofu (excellent) which is not your normal chinese fried rice. My husband orders the rainbow chicken which he likes a lot. I tried the Massaman with tofu one time because it sounded exotic with cashews and avacado, but turned out to be too rich after three bites. The vegetable spring rolls are tiny (three bites) and lack flavor. I suggest going Su-Th for DINNER because you will wait 45 minutes for your meal on Fri or Sat. We had LUNCH on Saturday that arrived in 5 minutes! Lunch time is a great time to go because of $ savings. The lunch menu is served on the weekend too. Service quality has varied for each visit. There are many more positives than neg. so I will keep going back.