I have been wanting some good Mexican food for a while and have had good luck here in the past but this time me and my family was basically blown off by the waitress once she got a large table of I guess friends of theirs.When our food finally came out not by our waitress our was cold, my wife and daughters fajitas wasn't sizzling like oh lets see like every other restaurant I have gotten them at in the past does because 9 times out of 10 they are hot there not here . The waitress did as least bring the bill because she never really checked on us,heck we had to ask somebody else to bring us some extra chips but they was taking baskets and baskets of chips to their friends.The manager finally noticed that we was ready to go so he took the check and card to ring it out for us cause me and my family was sitting with our jackets on ready to go, so when he brought the check back he did say he knocked ten percent off but I would have rathered paid ten percent more for good service. I watched more waitresses and waiters waiting on that one table of their friends like they was rolling out the red carpet for them. I have never felt so blown off by a waitress or restaurant before as I have tonight and I let them know that I WILL NOT BE BACK.
My second visit on a busy Friday night was a good experience. Our server was friendly and readily refilled our drinks. My wife ordered the Chimichanga dinner and it was delicious! I had the Quesadilla de Chorizo which was also very good. The prices for these dinners are very reasonable.
On Thursday, December 12, 2012, I had lunch in the Rutherford Crossing shopping center at Las Trancas, a new Mexican Restaurant, at 151 Market Street.
A hostess seated me in a booth near the front and handed me a menu. Its main headings were Appetizers, Side Orders, Combos, Fajitas, Quesadillas, Enchiladas, Burritos, Tacos, Chicken, Steak, House Specials, Seafood, Lunch, Platos de Ninos (Children's Plates), and Bebidas (Beverages).
I made the mistake of speaking to the waiter in Spanish. He seemed to appreciate that, but it kept me on my toes; my two years of high school Spanish 75 years ago needed some help. He asked me my name, and told me that his was Carlos. We alternated back and forth between Spanish and English.
I ordered from the House Specials, choosing Special No. 1. This included one chile relleno, one taco, beans, and guacamole salad. This was my first experience with chile relleno, a flat stuffed pepper filled with cheese. It and the beans were served on the usual heated platter; Carlos warned me that it was “muy caliente” (very hot).
Later, when Carlos asked me what I thought of the meal, he was pleased when I said “muy bueno”. I asked him to translate “Las Trancas”, the restaurant's name. It apparently refers to the gate to a field or enclosure where cows or horses were kept.
I also learned that the restaurant had opened on October 24. Las Trancas is now on my list of places worth additional visits. Research later showed that this location was previously occupied by Main Street Wings, an operation that I hadn't patronized before it closed.