So sad to read this in the paper this morning. El Mason was a frequent (every couple of months) mid week stop for us. The food was almost always good and the prices reasonable. It had that nice combination of feeling like more than a burger joint, but not quite fussy and pretentious. You could get a nice glass of wine without cashing in bonds, too. I will personally miss it. (The space was in need of some sprucing, but no complaints other than that.)
Cafe Ena is great, but a little harder to get to from my end of the world and bit more than I spend on a mid week meal. (There is something about that over $20 entree price point that still hits me as making a place more "special occasion." )
So, where do we go now for a good Spanish/latin-influenced meal?