While La Fonda is just your mediocre run-of-the-mill Mexican joint, it is probably your best bet for a decent Mexican dining experience in Flagstaff. Despite the boring dining room, the dishes at La Fonda were pretty tasty, and affordable too.
La Fonda offers your typical Mexican menu consisting of basic dishes like enchiladas, burritos, tacos, and enchiladas. Nothing really exciting, just your standard Mexican fare.
It's a bit pricey for a small town Mexican restaurant, although a much better value than a few of the other overpriced Mexican places we have tested out.
The 1/2 lb Veggie fajita dish was pretty good, with a nice variety of veggies and toppings. Be sure to get a delicious sopapilla as your side as opposed to the flour tortilla! No complaints about the Chicken Chimichanga either - a great tasting dish! Servings are pretty big: if anything, you definitely will not leave hungry!
The major disappointment of the meal was the chips and salsa. The salsa, which is usually always fantastic at Mexican restaurants, was presented in a cheap looking plastic ketchup squirt bottle already on the table. Who knows how long it was sitting there?! It appeared to be sitting on the table all day rotting away. Tasted more like hot sauce than salsa. Why not just bring out a fresh bowl to each customer?
Service was pretty bland, unfortunately this is the usual for Flagstaff. We had a problem after our visit where we noticed that our server had charged a $50 tip, an unnecessary hassle that we had to straighten out.
Management did not seem too concerned despite the fact that it was their employee's mistake, and a pretty major one at that!
The setting at La Fonda is nothing to rave about. In fact, it is downright boring with no hint of design. There really is absolutely nothing interesting to look at while waiting for your seat or food. Hopefully, your company is better than the bland decor!
The dining room is pretty spacious, although still always packed. As one of the local's favorites, you can expect a long wait, especially on weekends.
After trying several Mexican restaurants in town, La Fonda seems to be the best value. This is not to say that it is an exceptional dining experience, as the food is average and the setting is bland, noisy, and crowded. However, despite the setbacks, a meal at La Fonda is a moderately good value in a severely overpriced town.