Raleigh >Food & Dining > Armadillo Grill
439 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC | Directions 27603-121935.786120 -78.647459
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Neighborhoods: University, North Boylan
Skimpy and overpriced for what you get, I wont go back EVER!
Love this Place – I love the atmosphere and the service!
Their food is always top notch!
Their tacos, was ok, just very small – I mean for a taco, the food wasn't bad. Was tasty. But I am still trying to figure out where the rest of it was. If I spend $6 on a "deal" I don't expect one little taco (yes the tacos were the size of a regular taco at taco bell) and a small serving of tortilla chips and salsa and a drink. For that price they should be giving you 3 tacos. Still trying to also figure out why it took so long to make that tiny little thing.
The queso dip is to die for. – I have been going to this restaurant for about 8 years now and I NEVER get tired of it! The staff comes and goes which is typical for an inexpensive restaurant so some of them are great and some aren't. Overall they are friendly enough but I could care less because I love the food so much. It's cheap - my meal is usually around $6 which is a "Dillo Deal" = taco, chips & queso, drink. The chips are delicious but I definitely come here for the queso. It varies in consistency and spice but is always great. The chips are wonderful, not too salty. I always get a chicken soft taco which is delicious but not huge (don't expect a Qdoba sized burrito). I also get the nachos or buffalo wings sometimes which are both great! Also - get a strawberry frozen margarita, yummmm and different from anywhere else. Overall I think that the fact that I usually get it at least once a week and I've been going there 8+ years means you get the point. It's cheap, fast and DELICIOUS!
What a waste of a lunch – My friends and I come up to Raleigh for Veteran's day celebration and stuck around the following day for lunch.
I served 3 tours in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait. 2/3 tours I came under direct fire and listened to the locals tell me how much they hated Americans and our forced Democracy. I spent about 8 months each in Afghanistan and Iraq, eating MRE and rations for weeks at a time if we were forward deployed.
During December of 2004 my ship was one of the first on scene for the Humanitarian relief in Sri Lanka after the largest Tsunami ever recorded killed hundreds of thousands in the Indian Ocean area. We flew off all the food we had stored and were down to rations and MRE for almost a month. We weren't allowed to fish since the waters had become soiled and contaminated by the dying bodies of the locals floating like flotsam on it's way to hell.
All that being said, I would rather be eating MRE and Navy powdered egg rations again rather than eat the food from Armadillo Grill.
I've had better service from Al Queda shooting at me – I remember getting audited one year and the IRS made me jump through so many hoops, I swore I would get a CPA to do my taxes from now on. The auditor made me feel like I couldn't read "simple" IRS directions and to call him "short tempered" would be an understatement.
Then there was the time I got pulled over on I-440 by the state trooper for going just a "bit" too fast. The trooper was already having a bad day, apparent from his 5 o'clock shadow at 11am, and what smelled like cigarettes and broken dreams. It was a rather unpleasant event.
Despite all of that, I think I would rather be getting a speeding ticket while being audited, and getting news that my dog just died - as opposed to eat at Armadillo Grill ever again.
Before anyone accuses me of a "bad incident," and that I doth protest too much; I must state for the record that I have been there thrice. I figured more than one try was necessary.
I ordered Chili and I asked for "hot sauce." The cook, pointed over to the salsa bar and said "it's over there." So I went over to check and there was no hot sauce. I came back over to the bar area and said "excuse me," and he half looked up at me as if he were a priest staring down at his fallen flock. I said there was no hot sauce over there and he SNAPS "That's all we have," then WALKS AWAY before I say anything else. So I go up to the front counter and ask if there was a suggestion card I could leave for management. One of the manager tells me that there is not, but he would listen to what I have to say. I suggested they carry hot sauce, and he responds that the restaurant does not carry anything that is not "fresh." I ask him if he made his own salt and distilled his own wine in the back. Perhaps he had a fermenting process where he made all his own vinegar and that all the liquor was also "fresh." He responded with "those products are suppose to be that way," of which I said "so is hot sauce." He said he would tell management of my suggestion with a smile that was more condensing than sincere.
Now let me tell you about the food. The Chili I spoke of, it was claimed to be "hot," and neither definition of the word could come close to describing the product I was presented to eat. Luke warm would be an appropriate description and I've eat ginger bread cookies that had more of a kick than this chili.
You'll have a more pleasant experience dealing with the chain restaurant than you would at this training ground for Hell's receptionist.
Decent Food but RUDE WORKERS – They act like they are doing some strenuous activity to get me a pack of sour cream from the fridge below! They don't think twice of getting an attitude and having a smart comment as well. Good luck getting the fatass bartender from leaning on the wall to get you a drink! The food isn't good enough for me to go back and deal with such poor customer service!
Taco Bell is more authentic – I'll give it to them--it's a great location, and it's pretty clean with some cool decor, but that's about where the pro's stop. The food is mediocre at best. I don't know how you can mess up something as simple as Queso dip, but they've managed to do that. Do NOT eat the enchiladas. Prepare for some real disappointment if you do. The big dark haired male bartender is a TERRIBLE BRUTE! I ordered a Long Island Ice Tea, and he served it to me in little margarita glass, not the standard pint glass, but I still paid the standard $10+ cost. I don't see what all the hoopla about this restaurant is all about. Save your money and go to Dos Taquitos for some real Mexican food, or just head over to Taco Bell.
Great Food for the price. Best People Watching on Glenwood. – This is not a full service restaurant and does not bill itself as such. You wait in line and order you food just as you would any other fast food place. That being said I've never had a bad experience and I've been eating here about once a week since moving downtown about 3 years ago. The staff is friendly and parking is available next to the building. They have an excellent selection of tequilas and have lots of different margarita options. I'm a fan of the Horny Margarita made with Sauza Hornitos. If your looking for a more upscale restaurant or authentic Mexican cuisine I'd suggest trying somewhere else. I think Jabarra shoud be open at the Depot soon.
Total Rip-off!!!! Service is TERRIBLE! Food is mediocre at best. – You DO NOT have to be a YANKEE to recognize that THIS PLACE IS AWFUL!!!!
EVERY SINGLE TIME i go to the Raleigh location they screw my order up! I only go there because there aren't many vegetarian options near my work, but now i don't think i can deal w/ their incompetence at all anymore. Oh, and don't think the management will be of any assistance either. The manager I spoke w/ didn't seem to care at all that his staff couldn't seem to get an order right to save their lives, and did absolutely NOTHING to fix the situation.
And $5.25 or so for a Bean Burrito slightly larger than a regular than a soft taco?!! You gotta be kidding me!
I don't have high expectations for chain restaurants, but this place couldn't meet the lowest of expectations.
TOTALLY BLOWIN' IT!!!!
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