Plata Grande, Columbia, 740-5115. Good Mexican food, eve good Tex-Mex food, is hard to come by in this area. And when friends knowledgeable about this fare told us they had enjoyed Plata Grande in Columbia, we decided to give it a try. Despite a strong start of delicious guacamole and nicely seasoned gazpacho, the meal at Plata Grande did not improve the area's reputation much. The combination Tex-Mex platter was largely tasteless; the refried beans and rice, bland; the broccoli yellowing. The Red Snapper Vera Cruz was, however, tender and flavorful with a peppy sauce. Our service was abrupt and hurried, and the light so dim I found it a constant distraction.
$ 1/2 moderately inexpensive. (Last visited 6/91.)