I’m not going to use valet service to go to a taco joint. I’m just not.
But twice when I first tried to visit Cinco Tacos + Tequila, a Winter Park restaurant that includes actor Mario Lopez and former NSYNCer Chris Kirkpatrick among its backers, valeting was the only parking option. All available open spaces were blocked off so that dropping the car off was the only option. I don’t care if it’s complimentary — it’s a freaking taco joint.
So I waited until the newness wore off (it opened in late July) and made a midweek visit when there were some self parking options. There was still a valet guy there but he looked bored. Probably because the restaurant was nearly empty. Had the newness worn off that much? Or had the people who jammed it on those opening weeks come to realize what I soon would, that you can get better tacos and variations on Mexican food elsewhere?