LP is a restaurant where your supposed to have fun, its an adventure going to LP, you never know exactly what your going to find, but one thing is for sure. You'll always find amazing drinks, good food, and an atmosphere to die for. If you think the food is "inauthentic" I'm sorry but your wrong you obviously haven't been to Mexico or any spanish country, LP takes classic dishes and turn them into gourmet versions. The owners are both from hispanic descent, one from El Salvador and the other from Cuba. If you want authentic go down to Mexico and buy fajitas off the side of the street, thats real authentic, but no one is going to want to go to a "authentic" restaurant like that. LP is amazing, and as authentic as you can get here in USA.
I always wonder what the draw is, given how inauthentic and forgettable the food is.
LP was the first Mexican place I tried after moving here from California. My coworkers love to come here for the atmosphere but the food is bland at best and generally pretty terrible. I would actually rather eat at Taco Bell, personally. But it's a beautiful restaurant in a great location. The drinks are good and reasonably priced. It's a fun place at pretty much any time of day...as long as you eat before or afterwards.
I've been going to Lauriol Plaza since it was at 18th and R, and it has proved durable and reliable. Not excellent, but by sticking with the Cadillac Margaritas, and something from the specials sheet, particularly Cuban or seafood items, we have managed to have many years worth of excellent meals. Service has been reliably good. We have rarely had a bad experience, so we continue to go. There are better versions of essentially the same menu at places like Samantha's in Silver Spring, which we learned of thru a Tom Sietsma review. But 1/2 a star for Lauriol? I don't think so.
You should have realized fairly quickly that you were doing something wrong when you gave less than one star to what is perhaps DC's most popular restaurant (and has been for many many years). Lauriol Plaza is FUN, and its food is at very least decent. The fajitas are great; the masitas de puerco delicious. I am a huge foodie myself, but thoroughly enjoy my trips to Lauriol. Sure, it isn't Minibar, but not every restaurant should strive to be.
Best Lomo Saltaldo I have ever have I dont care what Tom says