i go to la fonda at least 2 times a week. yes, youre going to get minimal smiling or conversation from the staff, but you will be hard pressed to find faster service anywhere else. due to the presence of a bunch of food runners, your chips and salsa will never run out, a definite plus if you show up starving or have to wait for a bit. the drinks are ridiculously cheap and the food is outstanding. the veggie tacos are my favorite meal, hands down, but i have never had anything there that i didnt like. their take out is also a great value, because along with your meal you get a very generous serving of chips along with a large container of their salsa which, by the way, is far superior to salsa at many other similar (and often more expensive) places like sala, across the street, or la casita. if youre coming at dinner time, be prepared for a wait, but with such an efficient staff, it doesnt take that long. very highly recommended!