I think I have a Complex – Loteria
Held my Wife’s birthday bash downstairs in the Complex bar. The food from Loteria was fast, fresh and amazing. Highly recommend the Roast Corn in the Mason Jar, any of the tacos that involve meat. Fish Tacos as good as any place in San Diego. As good as the food is, the service and attention was exceptional. All that and competitive ping pong with tunes from the early 80s to mid 90s pumped through the speakers. Check it out and you can’t go wrong with food from either restaurant upstairs. If you want an Asbury experience, it’s all in one place at the Complex.
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We were seeing a movie around the corner and were looking for a spot for dinner beforehand. The menu looked great as did the interior decor. We sat outside on one of the large tables. We are simple mexican eaters so after the basic Chips and Dip, we all ordered a combination of quesadillas and tacos. The portion size of the tacos was extremely small. We found the flavors to be dissatisfying, except for the basa. Despite the small portions, no one finished their meal or took anything home (says, alot!). Less than 20 mins later, one of friends we were with got sick in the bathroom and my husband was up sick in the middle of the night. Ughh! Service was spotty as well (no flatwear or napkins provided – I had to retrieve from inside).
On the bright side the service was excellent! Quickly seated our party of eight with no wait. Not sure if that was a good sign or not.
Very small and limited menu, one special on a chalkboard. They were out of pico sauce? It’s Jersey, go buy a tomato.
Tacos were the choice, served on a six inch store bought corn tortilla, tasty but cannot justify the price. The special was three for ten bucks. No cheeses or lettuce. No kids meals and no cheddar cheese available to substitute to make one. Hot sauce on the table was good but too hot for most in the party.
A very attractive place just not ready for prime time.
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With a Dash of Corona: Loteria in Asbury Park
At Loteria, a modern Mexican restaurant in Asbury Park, Corona beer bottles are repurposed as salt and pepper shakers. But the tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas and other items are flavorful to begin with.
632 Mattison Avenue
Open: Dinner, daily; lunch, Sat-Sun
Style: Colorful piñatas, cloth napkins and plates, and Corona bottles repurposed as salt and pepper shakers give this taqueria a lively vibe.
The Scoop: Named for a bingo-like Mexican board game, Lotería is part of the Complex, which houses Bond Street Bar, Capitoline (an Italian eatery) and a basement entertainment hall. All are owned by Pat Fasano, Anna Fasano and Charlie Interrante, who opened Lotería in April 2016. The menu was developed with assistance from Asbury Park’s venerable Plaza Tapatia Mexican restaurant.
The Menu: Each of the eight types of tacos is generously packed and served in a fluffy, house-made corn tortilla. The El Jefe (pictured) brings you chopped chorizo with salsa verde, sour cream, guacamole, crispy potatoes and raw onions. The vegetarian quesadillas are loaded with queso Oaxaca (similar to Monterey Jack) and veggies such as grilled nopales (pads of a Mexican cactus), mushrooms and corn. The “chef selection” enchiladas make a satisfying entrée. They boast tender, spicy meat balanced by cool, refreshing salsa. Rice and beans come on the side. The food goes well with sangria, a margarita or Mexican soda.
Heads Up: Check Facebook for a list of game nights, which include trivia, karaoke and (you can’t make this stuff up) sex-toy bingo.
At Loteria, a modern Mexican restaurant in Asbury Park, Corona beer bottles are repurposed as salt and pepper shakers.