Just wanted to offer my 2 cents...
My husband and I had dinner at Mojave the Saturday night before last. It was crowded but the host quickly brought us to a cozy table towards the back in between two empty tables which was lovely. I like the decor and the seperate bar section in the back. Im sure we will visit that in the future. The techno music was a little loud but since the restaurant was full of talking tables.. I understand.
Kevin was our waiter (i believe that someone else on here complimented him as well), and he was wonderful. We will definitely be back to see him. He was charming and ready to answer any questions we had (esp since this was our first visit). We never had to flag him down and even though he had many many tables to attend to, he always showed up to ask us if we wanted more drinks before they were empty. Also (and this is an intangible thing)...but my husband and I were clearly exhausted but still "on a rare date" and our conversations were never interrupted. I have worked in restaurants and I have to say, it is a real plus to have servers that can quickly read the customer and create a wonderful environment specific to the situation.
On to the food.....The chips and two types of salsa that we recieved beforehand were good but the quantities of the yummy salsa were way too small, even for 2 people. But I have to say, the serving dish for the salsas was cute so maybe the form won out over functionality there?
My husband had the Jumbo Gulf Shrimp w/tomato garlic sauce and arroz verde and I had the Blue Corn Chicken Enchiladas. Both were great, came out quickly and the portions were more than adequate. I thought it was interesting that we were asked about any special condiments we like BEFORE the food came out. That way, we never had to wait and ask. Why dont all restaurants do that?
My margaritas were particularly good. No sour mix to give me heartburn...only fresh lime juice the way it should be. And my husband loves tequila and they have several good ones on the menu to choose from.
So all in all, we will be back....it is pricier than other Astoria mex establishments, but I feel like it is justified. It was a relaxing meal out that exceeded our expectations. And we dont have the time to do that everynight...
I mean, I love cheap taco carts just like anyone else but you arent paying for environment/service/etc in that situation.