La Tolteca Presents a Taste of Mexico

Emily Garcia, Staff Writer

Walking into La Tolteca, the scent of authentic Mexican food is inescapable. La Tolteca is located off of Crain Highway, near the Verizon store and the old Arby’s. The restaurant is set up as a walk-in setting, meaning that when customers come in they can sit down wherever they like. The walls are painted a kind of pink color that is very calm and adds to the relaxing feeling of the restaurant. The Latin music filling the space makes the experience all the more enjoyable.

The waiters are very polite and bring warm chips and salsa as soon as people sit down. “I love La Tolteca’s chips!” said Kalin Wilson (’13) “They’re really warm, and the salsa that comes with them is just amazing. I love it.”  La Tolteca has standard fountain drinks and a few milkshakes, which make the restaurant pretty basic. The food on the other hand has a medley of options to choose from. People could get anything from an enchilada, to the always-loved taco, to even tamales or shrimp quesadillas. The choices go on and on, and the food is extremely delicious.

One of the meals to choose from is the chicken enchilada with a beef taco and Spanish rice. This dish is highly recommended to all of those who like Mexican food. The enchilada is cooked to perfection and has really juicy chicken. There is also a really good sauce that goes with it, and it honestly makes the dish. It’s not spicy at all, so it’s a great choice for those who don’t like spicy food. The taco is much better than any taco one would find at Taco Bell. It has a nice warm, hard shell, and the entire thing is filled to the edge with beef, some cheese, and a little bit of lettuce. It definitely hits the spot if one is the mood for real Mexican food.

Another great choice is the shrimp quesadilla and rice. There is nothing in the quesadilla but cheese and shrimp, so this is for those who like simple meals. But don’t let that fool you; this quesadilla is amazing. The shrimp is cooked to perfection and has a great taste to it. When the chef cooks it, he cooks it perfectly and doesn’t burn the soft shell of the quesadilla at all. It was another very commonly recommended option.

Now, for dessert,  churros are a must. They’re fried dough topped with sugar. La Tolteca puts a twist on them, though: they add whipped cream and chocolate sauce. They come out hot and one cannot help but to eat all of them.

La Tolteca is definitely one of the better Mexican restaurants in the Waldorf area. The best part though? It’s extremely affordable! One could go out on a date and get two full meals and dessert and it would only cost them about $20. In today’s economy, that’s a great deal. This restaurant is highly recommended to those who want to go to a friendly place with great food. And don’t worry, there won’t be any left overs.