Let me start off by saying that I rarely find food hard to eat. People often compare me to a garbage dumpster because I happily eat anything and everything in sight. Nevertheless, everyone has their limits. We met up with some friends downtown for dinner at the Cactus Club because it was a good location for all of us. I’ve been here before but I never found it memorable. Now I know why.
To start, this place didn’t really get the greatest reviews on Yelp. That’s okay though because Mexican food is pretty hard to mess up right? Wrong.
I began by ordering a Dos Equis on draft. Never in my life have I been so disappointed in a beer. Never mind that it was served in a Sam Adams glass, that was the least of my concerns. This “beer” didn’t actually taste like beer. In fact, it didn’t taste like anything at all. My water had more flavor than this beer. So so sad.
Selma ordered their house margarita which should have been the only redeeming quality of this place considering that their website domain name is bestmargaritas.com. I don’t know how much they paid for that domain name but it’s clearly false advertising and a waste of money. It tasted more like sour mix more than anything else and Selma even had to ask if there was alcohol in there. What is happening right now?
Oh gosh the food. By this point, I forgot we even ordered the food. Selma and I both got the enchiladas because we wanted to play it safe (even though Yelp told us not to). I got the pulled pork enchiladas and Selma got the steak. Don’t be fooled by how good they look in the picture. Like our friend Samir always says, “you can’t take a bad picture with an iPhone.”
After the first few bites, they became sort of inedible because of the sauce. It was way too tangy and completely over powered everything. They did bring out some free chips and salsa which wasn’t half bad. I didn’t get a picture of it because I was probably overly excited about something that they didn’t totally drop the ball on.
Any if that wasn’t bad enough, our friend ordered the steak fajitas and instead received chicken. Our waiters response was “it’s going to take too long to cook the steak.” At this point, all we could do was laugh at the whole situation.
The best part was when the bill came. It was probably the kitchens fault that the order got messed up but he still tried to charge us for the steak and put up a fight when we asked to simply have it changed to what we received.
My 1 star yelp review was pretty generous given the tragedy that unfolded that evening. They get 1/2 a star because of the chips and dip, and another 1/2 a star because our friend Neha said that the place “smelled good.”
What a shame. Never again Cactus Club. This was the worst.
And with that sad story, thanks for reading!