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has anyone been to lobo lately?????

I did not enjoy the first time I tried lobo, the food was not what I expected and the service was slow .I always like to give a place another try , I think its good to try and support our neighborhood places. A freind explained that there is a big difference between TEX-MEX and MEXICAN.I was very surprised to see how much better it has got. The staff are new and the food was really good. They lowered the price of their margaritas ,which I thought were good the first time ( but were too expensive).I was wondering if anyone else has been and noticed the improvment.

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  1. were you expecting mex or tex-mex?

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        1. re: chow_gal

          lol lobo should never be considered mer OR tex mex. blech!

        2. I swing by there on occasion to get a tex-mex fix, considering the options are so limited in the area. Good to know they lowered their margarita prices. And the last time I was there only one person was working the floor (upstairs/downstairs/bar) which meant for a looong wait.

          1. Sam, any idea when these improvements happened?

            I went to the Court St location in September when I was craving TexMex and it was AWFUL. The food was bland, greasy and practically inedible. The service was lackadaisical and careless, and the margaritas were watered down. And just to top it all off, there were two screaming kids jumping up and down on the furniture at the table next to us.

            It's definitely the worst I've had in the Cobble Hill area, and unless they've made vast improvements, I'd say it ain't worth it.

            1. I went to brunch at lobo a few weeks ago. Haven't been there since they opened. The food was very mediocre and the waiters all would rather sing beatles songs than do their job. This is definitely not worth anyone's time.

              1. Lobo.....it was a tough break up for me and Lobo.

                I go back there now and then when I need a cheap Tex Mex fix. Lately, however, I've had 3 crappy experiences in a row so I think me and Lobo are over. The food went from "good" and "simple" with -killer- margaraitas and fresh salsa to mediocre to just frickin' awful.
                They -did- lower the marg prices but they also raised many menu prices. It evens out on making a liviong in the restaurant biz I guess.

                By the way, to whoever posted. The margs there -used- to be -worth- the high price because they were really good and got you ~knockered~. They were strong. Sure, now the price is less but they are not as strong, or as good.

                Service is on and off for me.

                1. I just talked to my friend who goes to the park slope location all the time . He said that about 2 months ago one of the 2 partners left. The remaining partner is the one from Texas. My friend said that most of the staff were from the old harvest ( the other partner used to own it) and never really got into the "lobo idea". He called it a harvest hangover. When the other partner took control he replaced a lot of the staff( front and back of house) and hired managers.He said that its still not fantastic but its getting better and better .

                  We sat at the bar for happy hour ($5 margaritas) and I was feeling pretty "knockered" when we left.

                  The place is not a tempo or appllewood but I don't think its trying to be .I was just happy to see that a place that was really bad at least trying to correct itself.

                  So I think I will give it another try!!!

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                  1. re: samfowler09

                    You'll give it another try?

                    Kudos to you.

                    I gave it 6 or 7.

                    It sucked.

                  2. It STILL sucks.

                    Avoid the aweful food, and worse service.

                    1. Well, not lately. The wife and I went last May (Cinco de Mayo) and despite having reservations, we were made to wait. When we were finally led to a table, we waited nearly 20 minutes for a margarita. Apparently they weren't expecting the crowd (on Cinco de Mayo) and ran out of margarita glasses. Rather than serve the drink in another type of glass (a paper cup would have been fine), they waited until someone finished their drink and had that glass cleaned.

                      1. In all fairness, it was an absolute zoo on Cinco de Mayo.

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                        1. re: Matt M.

                          In all fairness, any place they sold Corona, Cuervo and had a sombrero in their window was a complete zoo. Comparing Mexican food on Cinco de Mayo is like comparing Irish Food on St. Pat’s. I’m not saying Lobo will be better, but any other night might be less hectic.

                          And for what it’s worth, most of the Mexican in the area is average at best. To us Lobo’s dishes all taste the same with not much differentiation. After a while it gets a little wearisome and we think their menu could use some tweaking. What keeps us coming back is the nice bar, the very friendly Texan owner who we’re glad is still there (One night he told us what exactly went into making the actually bar – it was interesting) and the backyard which serves us well when the weather is warmer.

                          1. re: MShapiro

                            I'm not the poster com plaining about Cinco de Mayo.

                            However, I am a "regular" who has been going there for years and have always accepted that they have no pretense to be anything other than average, simple Tex Mex with strong margies at the bar. Buit lately, in fact 6-7 straight times in a row over the last couple of months, the food has been somewhere between mediocre and just plain awful. Like they couldnt even do old mainstay recipes over as they have been for years? New chef? New line cooks? No attention to detail? I don't know. Then add that with the lowering of the margarita price, so did the quality and strength.

                            I have no need for them to be anything then.....well, what they -were-. I'm not looking for Zarela South. I'm looking for Lobo.

                        2. Margarita's and the bean dip with processed cheese...yum.

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                          1. re: bklyngrl

                            I've always wondered who in their kitchen thought it was a good idea to use american cheese on everything... Cheese enchiladas with american inside are...ew.

                            And the last time I was there (~3-4 months ago) I had the worst sangria ever. Tasted like watered down cranberry juice with fruit floating in it.

                          2. I have had 3 great experiances in the last year. Great chipole margaritas. Alwayys sit at the bar.Have had multiple good friendly bartenders. good place to relax and eat spicy chease ie diablo sol food. total guilty indulgence. go and relax

                            1. I've never had a good meal there. Admittedly, we've only bothered to try the place maybe 3 or 4x in the 3.5 years we've lived nearby. I remember one brunch being served coffee with very sour spoiled cream, which put me off the meal. Twice we've had dinner and both times it was edible, and thats about all I can say for it. The margaritas are okay, they're hardly a bargain and I would say the ones at Pacifico are better ;)

                              1. i went to the one on 5th ave in park slope about a year ago.
                                the drinks were good, but the meal literally may have been the worst food i've ever had.
                                it actually tasted like household cleaner.