Does anyone have any thoughts on CIUDAD. We will be in LA for the food show with a group of people.
I think it's pretty good, if occasionally inconsistent. I am more familiar with their lunch menu than their dinner offerings, and I generally like their beef soft tacos and their sandwiches and salads. Every once in a while I get something that's dramatically over salted or has some other problem, but they have been good about addressing problems that are brought to their attention. Their pastry chef is talented, I think, and the torta de tres leches with mango sauce, in particular, is excellent.
I think they are very inconsistent. On the day I saw Mary Sue walking around, it was fantastic. A week later, it was uninspired. Happy hour is okay and I can swallow the bad service much more easily with happy hour prices.
I like Border Grill much better (though they also have a problem with the little things).
I just ate there last night, and had very good service and good food. My strong recommendation is to go for lunch when the prices aren't as steep--most dinner entrees are above $20 and climb quickly from there.
gourmetla's point about happy hour prices is also well taken. I love their caipirinhas, but at $11.50 a pop, it gets a little dear.
I like to sit at the bar, sip drinks and munch on the Apps which to me are the best part of the menu.