I finally got around to checking out MAR, the new coastal-Mexican restaurant and tequila bar in the spot that once housed Feast on East Howard Ave in Decatur. Billed as an "innovative fusion of Spanish & Mexican authentic fare," MAR is designed to make you feel as if you are dining at the beach on a coastal Mexican getaway. The new space feels and looks great, a combo of retro and modern-beach chic with weathered wood and sea-blue tones adorning the space.
This first experience at Mar was really underwhelming. I will say the wait staff was attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable, and the space looks great. However, the obvious misses in execution of dishes, coupled with some questionable pricing leaves me scratching my head. What are we trying to accomplish here? I'm left wondering who thinks that paying $13 for a taco and a side of creamed burnt corn makes any sense. There are taquerias all over town where I can get better tacos than these, and I mean way better tacos, for half the price. I just don't get the price point, nor do I get dropping one taco on a plate as presentation in this type of setting. Perhaps, if everything tasted great, I'd feel differently, but it didn't. Plus, the fact that 3 cocktails and the dishes you see above (sans the two not-pictured sides) set two of us back $100 with tip doesn't make me want to rush back for another visit. Sorry, just calling it like I see it.