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Old 04-06-2013, 08:27 PM   #1
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For the true Mexican food connoisseurs; Has the food at the San Angel Inn improved?

At one time (many, many years ago), the food was pretty decent. It started going down hill though, and we finally had to say enough was enough and quit going. A friend has a trip planned and is thinking about making an ADR. I told her I wasn't sure how good the food was. Has anyone eaten there lately?
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:38 PM   #2
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We had a nice meal there last year. The food was pretty good for a non-signature restaurant, & the atmosphere is outstanding. Have them ask for a table by the river. We're far from Mexican food connoisseurs, but the food is reminiscent to what we've eaten in Mexico. It's not Tex-Mex, but we think that's a good thing.
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:05 PM   #3
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Our last time to go was 2009. I guess we are used to Tex Mex, but the food choices seemed so strange!! Where were the tacos and cheese dip? We ended up leaving before we even ordered. Not sure if the menu has changed since then.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:36 PM   #4
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Our last time to go was 2009. I guess we are used to Tex Mex, but the food choices seemed so strange!! Where were the tacos and cheese dip? We ended up leaving before we even ordered. Not sure if the menu has changed since then.
The menu is definitely Mexican not Tex-Mex. We prefer that, because we can get plenty of Tex-Mex food around here. Plus, I actually prefer Mexican over Tex-Mex. Unfortunately, we don't get to visit Mexico that often.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:24 PM   #5
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I went last year for dinner. Delicious. I had an appetizer and the tortilla soup, which I highly recommend. They have updated the menu the last few years a bit, I read somewhere they wanted to better reflect the actual San Angel Inn in Mexico.

As other posters have said, it is definitely actual mexican food with a more deluxe feel I'd say, not a very americanized version. If you are looking for tacos or nachos with cheese sauce, this isn't the place to go.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:45 PM   #6
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I just went for the first time a few weeks ago. none in our party our Mexican food specialists but we all had delicious meals I had a wonderful mole, my dad had a delicous, tender pork dish and mom had another wondeful chicken selection. dessert was a chocolate mousse with the touch of cinnamon we've come to expect from Mexican chocolate ... it was all wonderful and we can't wait to go back.


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Old 04-07-2013, 01:46 PM   #7
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Authentic and delicious IMHO!
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:51 PM   #8
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It is more on the authentic side, as the PPs have said. Is it the best authentic Mexican food I have ever eaten - nope. Does the atmosphere make up for it and it is one of the better WDW meals - IMO - yes.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:26 PM   #9
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The food improved noticeably when La Hacienda opened across the way. This was . . . . . 2010, I think?

Just as a point of interest, it was explained to me that San Angel Inn features food in the style of southern Mexico, while La Hacienda is more like the food in the north. (I don't think I have those backwards, but it's possible.)
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:29 PM   #10
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The food has improved. We went to lunch in December for the first time in several years and had the prix fix and were pleased.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:03 AM   #11
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i think it has! my friend and i were there this past summer in august.

i only eat real mexican food (ie: no taco bell, chilli's, etc.) and i thought it was delicious. I got the tostadas de tinga and was amazed by how good it was - tasted authentic and not americanized. my friend (who is also a "real" mexican food only kind of girl) got the fish tacos and loved them as well.
plus we indulged in a few margaritas as well (not the ones outside in the stand) and thought they were amazing. I had the blood orange margarita and she had the avocado margarita - i recommend both!
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:13 PM   #12
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Looking for authentic, SPICY food!

I was going to start a thread to ask about not only the authenticity but the spiciness level of the food at SAI. This is tricky because to a degree it's subjective...some people may think one thing but it's may be based on a more limited experience than others or a palate that's used to different tastes. But I'll ask anyway!

I'm from California so we can get good Mexican food here (not everywhere is good, or authentic, but there is some good stuff). But I went to DLR last week, to Downtown Disney and ate at a Mexican restaurant called "Tortilla Jo's". The food was well-prepared in that it was cooked properly and hot (temperature-wise), but MAN, it was so bland!!!! I was putting salsa on it but the salsa was on the bland side also.

A couple days after, I told a friend about this - a Disney fanatic who has been to both DLR and WDW a ton of times. She figures that since both resorts cater to people from so many places around the world and that a bunch of them may not like/appreciate actual spicy food (like what you'd actually get in Mexico!) that Disney has essentially lowered the standard by making the food bland to try and appeal to the masses.

Whatever the case, we'd still like to go to the San Angel Inn. My first question is - how spicy is the food? If you know what *good* Mexican food is, weigh in - does it make you sweat a little? That's what I'm looking for! This: but not this: if you catch my drift!

Second question: if the food is well-prepared, but bland, has anyone ever asked the servers if they can either provide some extra-spicy salsa or even ask the chef to spice their particular dish up? I'm out of my depth here...I'm never a prima donna at restaurants...I just eat it and am happy but in this case, since it's a special occasion I'd like to enjoy it to the fullest and not be disappointed. I just feel like if I'm paying for TS (which I'm happy to do) I want to thoroughly enjoy the food. I appreciate the help!
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I was going to start a thread to ask about not only the authenticity but the spiciness level of the food at SAI. This is tricky because to a degree it's subjective...some people may think one thing but it's may be based on a more limited experience than others or a palate that's used to different tastes. But I'll ask anyway!

I'm from California so we can get good Mexican food here (not everywhere is good, or authentic, but there is some good stuff). But I went to DLR last week, to Downtown Disney and ate at a Mexican restaurant called "Tortilla Jo's". The food was well-prepared in that it was cooked properly and hot (temperature-wise), but MAN, it was so bland!!!! I was putting salsa on it but the salsa was on the bland side also.

A couple days after, I told a friend about this - a Disney fanatic who has been to both DLR and WDW a ton of times. She figures that since both resorts cater to people from so many places around the world and that a bunch of them may not like/appreciate actual spicy food (like what you'd actually get in Mexico!) that Disney has essentially lowered the standard by making the food bland to try and appeal to the masses.

Whatever the case, we'd still like to go to the San Angel Inn. My first question is - how spicy is the food? If you know what *good* Mexican food is, weigh in - does it make you sweat a little? That's what I'm looking for! This: but not this: if you catch my drift!

Second question: if the food is well-prepared, but bland, has anyone ever asked the servers if they can either provide some extra-spicy salsa or even ask the chef to spice their particular dish up? I'm out of my depth here...I'm never a prima donna at restaurants...I just eat it and am happy but in this case, since it's a special occasion I'd like to enjoy it to the fullest and not be disappointed. I just feel like if I'm paying for TS (which I'm happy to do) I want to thoroughly enjoy the food. I appreciate the help!
I live in Austin. True Mexican food is relatively easy to get (Tex-Mex is easier). The Epcot Mexican restaurants aren't on my hit list, because they can't compete with what I get locally. I'd focus on things that I can't get done well at home.
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:55 PM   #14
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1) I spent 7-yrs in Puebla-Mexico (2-wks there, 2-wks USA every month).
2) The food at San Angel is PRETTY MUCH authentic.
3) Like all Epcot food, it is slightly Americanized.
4) But, it is far more authentic then Tex-Mex.
5) For a Mexican-food-connoisseur, they'll be only slightly disappointed.
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:06 PM   #15
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The one thing that upset me the most with San Angel is they took the Queso Fundido and moved it to La Hacienda.
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