Road Trip with John & Cathy

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Mexican Restaurants We Have Tried

While we don’t eat out much since we went full-time in our motorhome, when we do we usually will search out a Mexican restaurant.  We are not foodies by any means, we just like good Mexican food.

I would guess that most folks would view us as pretty boring and that is okay with us.  By boring I mean, we usually get enchiladas, as we both love enchiladas.  John will usually go for beef enchiladas and I will bounce between beef and chicken enchiladas depending on my mood for the day.  John likes to eat the chips that is usually brought to our table, while I will always try the salsa that accompanies the chips.  John likes his Mexican food more on the mild to medium side and I like mine spicier.  My only issue is that I am not a fan of refried beans and will always ask for extra rice instead of the beans.  Most time, restaurants will accommodate my request.  Add salsa that comes with the chips to the rice and I am a happy camper.

This is a list of some of the restaurants we have tried around the country.  We have eaten at several more, but unfortunately did not take any pictures of our meal.

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Tanais Mexican Restaurant & Store – 37 West Street, Gettysburg, PA

This restaurant is a little hole in the wall place located off the main streets in the back of a Mexican grocery store.  Just off restaurant was a room that housed items for Quinceaneras (for celebrations when a girl turns 15 in Latin culture).   The food was very authentic and good.  The owners spoke little English.

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Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant – 410 Miracle Mile, Lebanon, NH

Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant

Our waiter suggested the Enchilada Trio.  It was a dish suggested to the restaurant by Robert Irvine who visited the restaurant as part of his show Restaurant Impossible on the Food Network in 2008.  The restaurant was busy when we were there.  The dish was very good.

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El Canelo – 357 Main Street, Conneaut, OH

We stopped by at lunch time and decided to have the special.  Will say it was a lot of food and we didn’t finish our plates.

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Los 3 Mayas Restaurant – 595 Ashland Road, Mansfield, OH

This is were we celebrated John’s birthday.  We thought this was an interesting plate, as we had never had enchiladas served with a cheese sauce on top.  It was different, but very good.

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Antigua Latin Restaurant – 5823 West Burnham Street, West Allis, WI (suburb of Milwaukee)

Antigua Latin Restaurant

This was a full meal.  We ordered the chicken enchiladas and the meal started out with a cup of corn chowder soup before being served the enchiladas.  The meal ended with the waiter bringing us a sample of a new dessert they were trying out.  The meal was very pretty and wasn’t like anything we had ever had before.  John chose this particular restaurant because we stopped in Milwaukee so he could purchase a telescope he had seen on Craigslist and he thought that I might be a little angry.

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Corona Village – 1101 South Burr Street, Mitchell, SD

Corona Village

While we lived in South Dakota before we went full-time in our motorhome, we lived on the western side of the state and Mitchell is located on the Eastern side.  Having never eaten here before we thought we would check it out since we were passing thru.

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La Posta de Mesilla – 2410 Calle De San Albino, Mesilla, NM

La Posta de Mesilla

This restaurant is located in the historic town of Mesilla, just west of Las Cruces, NM.  The building this is located in was built in the 1840’s and the restaurant was started in 1939 by Katy Griggs.

We had previously eaten at this restaurant before when we were in the area on vacation prior to going full-time and wanted to stop by to see if it was still operating.

The enchiladas here are served rather uniquely.  They are served flat like a stack of pancakes.  That was interesting.  The food was very good and spicy.

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Cervantes Restaurant & Lounge – 5801 Gibson Boulevard SE, Albuquerque, NM

Cervantes Restaurant & Lounge

We went here early for lunch at 11 AM and it didn’t take long before the restaurant was busy.

We had the Enchilada plate, which included 2 enchiladas served with your choice of red or green chili on top and served your choice of rolled or flat.  Also, the plate came with 2 sopaiplles with honey.  While John and I both agreed on rolled enchiladas, he went with the red chili  and I chose to try both the red and green.  Food here was very good.

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El Charro Mexican Restaurant – 2101 AZ-95 #4, Bullhead City, AZ

Our meal here started out with a cup of soup before we got our enchiladas.  I must admit that I did not finish my soup.  There was nothing wrong with the it, I was just saving myself for the enchiladas.

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El Toro Mexican Restaurant – 778 Falls Drive, Twin Falls, ID

This little hole in the wall restaurant can easily be over looked.  There was nothing special about the location, just about a dozen tables.  The enchiladas were good and the staff was friendly.  One could tell that this restaurant had a following of regular customers.

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Fiesta Guadalajara – 336 South Oregon St., Ontario, OR

Fiesta Guadalajara

Fiesta Guadalajara is located downtown.  The restaurant was decorated nicely.  We stopped by around 2 PM after we got to town.  Had the lunch special, which was 2 Enchiladas for $7.75.   As usual, I asked for a second serving of rice instead of beans.  The salsa appeared to be made fresh.  It was rather chunky, with chunks of onion and tomatoes​.   The enchiladas were not skimpy.

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El Ranchero – 516 Oregon Way, Longview, WA

This little hole in the wall restaurant could easily be missed.  We went in search of this restaurant after looking at the reviews of Mexican restaurants in the area and we were not disappointed.  The complimentary chips were warm and the salsa was a little spicy, but not overly spicy.  The enchiladas were good.  John had the ground beef, while I ordered the shredded beef.  The enchiladas came with plenty of enchilada sauce and the rice was a little bland.  The salsa that came with the chips was a little spicy, but not too spicy.

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Casper WY

On the Border – 71 SE Wyoming Blvd, Casper, WY

On the Border

We normally do not stop at Mexican restaurants that are chain affiliated, as we like to seek out small mom & pop type Mexican restaurants.  We were in Casper at Walmart and saw this restaurant so we stopped for lunch.  The food was okay, but nothing really spectacular.  There really wasn’t much for enchilada sauce on the enchiladas.

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Tocayo Mexican Grill & Cantina – 283 S. Joe Martinez Blvd, Pueblo, CO

This restaurant was recommended to us by some folks we met in the campground we are staying at.  The salsa that came with the complimentary chips was a little bit spicy but tolerable.  The shredded chicken enchiladas and the ground beef enchiladas were very good.  There was plenty of enchilada sauce on the plate.  You could choose between getting one, two or three enchiladas.  The difference in price wasn’t much between two and three enchiladas – only about a dollar.  The restaurant also offered some American food like burgers and had a bar.  We would definitely eat here again.

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La Cochina – 928 N. Lincoln, York, NE

The enchiladas in this restaurant were interesting?  First of all, we both had the #5 combination which consisted of one taco, two enchiladas and rice.  The taco was good, but when we tried the enchiladas they were kind of sweet.  We both decided we could taste a lot of cinnamon in the enchilada sauce.  Must admit the cinnamon gave the enchilada a peculiar taste.  Guess that is how they make enchiladas in NE?  The complimentary chips where ok, but not warm.  The salsa accompanying the chips was fine, but seemed to consist of a lot of watered down tomato paste?  This restaurant was recommended by a fellow camper staying in the same campground as us for the solar eclipse.  The restaurant ranked high on Trip Advisor.  It was interesting to say the least, and if we had ordered something different maybe this review would be different.

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Tropical Mexican Restaurant – 428 S. 1st Street, Wakeeney, KS

We had a combo of two enchiladas and a taco which came with rice only.  The taco shell was homemade and crunchy.  The enchiladas could have used a little more enchilada sauce. The portion size was large for lunch.  The salsa that came with the complimentary chips was thick & hardy.  The salsa came in a bottle and I used a knife to get it started to pour into the dish.  This meal was very filling and good.  I enjoyed the hard shell taco and the chips with salsa.

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Macho’s Fast Mexican Food – 275 East 8th Avenue, Durango, CO

This restaurant was not the kind of Mexican restaurant that we normally try to seek out.  Macho’s was sort of a fast food Mexican kind of place.  When you walk in the door there is a counter off to the left side and above the counter was the menu to place your order from.  When we walked in the door, we noticed a white board on the wall listing the specials for the day.  One of the specials was 2 enchiladas for $5.50.  We both ordered the special and didn’t realize that it came with lettuce.  The restaurant has tables to sit at and the customer needs to walk to the counter to pick up their meal just like in a fast food place.  The meal comes on a paper plate and when you get your beverage from the machine, you can pick-up your plastic silverware.   Near there was a salsa bar with several kinds of salsa.  The enchiladas were very good.  The only complaint we had if you could call it that was we left a little hungry.  That was our fault as we should have ordered a larger meal.  We would definitely eat here again if we are in the area.

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Dancing Eagle Casino Great American Diner – 167 Casa Blanca Rd, Casa Blanca, NM

We were camped in the Dancing Eagle RV park which is right next door to the Dancing Eagle Casino and decided to check out this restaurant in the casino for lunch.   The menu featured breakfast, American & Southwest food.  We choose the enchilada plate which consisted of 3 enchiladas, refried beans and rice.  The enchiladas were made the New Mexico way – flat as a pancake with meat in between the tortilla layers.  One has the choice between red or green  chile.  We both chose the red.  There was plenty of red chili on the enchiladas that was a little spicy.  The size of the meal was more than ample for lunch and neither one of us finished our plate.  The enchilada plate was very good.

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Ramona’s – 904 East Motel Drive, Lordsburg, NM

This little whole in the wall café serves both American and Mexican food.  It is a small place with only 7 tables and the locals seem to like eating here.  Even though they offer American food, we noticed that all the plates being served to customers had Mexican food.  So it must be good, right?  We got here at the right time and the place quickly filled up.   The complimentary chips were homemade and the accompanying salsa packed a little bit of heat.  As usual, we both ordered the enchilada plate with ground beef and were given the choice between red or green sauce.  We chose the red sauce and it also sported a little heat.   The enchiladas were served the New Mexico way which meant flat not rolled.  One could get chopped onions added on top and that is what I went for.  The rice was some of the best that we have ever had.   The town of Lordsburg isn’t much, but this place served some of the best Mexican food that we have had in a long time.  We would definitely suggest eating here.

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Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant – 723 West 4th St., Benson, AZ

This little gem sits back from the road and can easily be missed.  The restaurant is small and can only seat about 28 people.  The complimentary chips were homemade and were quite thick.  The accompanying salsa was not your typical salsa.  It appeared to be mango based and was not spicy.  The meal itself was served with a little flair.  A cinnamon dessert chip cut into a bird was set in the rice.  The enchiladas were very good with homemade enchilada sauce.  They came with a little lettuce, cabbage and cheese on top.  We had the option of adding a little sour cream drizzled on top. I went for the sour cream and John did not.  The picture above was of John’s meal as I did not receive a desert chip.  I think they might have forgotten to include it as I had all rice and no beans plus the sour cream drizzle.  The plate was huge dwarfing the meal itself.  It appeared to be the size of a small platter.

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Rancho Rustico

Rancho Rustico Mexican Restaurant – 8290 South Houghton Road, Ste -140, Tucson, AZ

This restaurant is currently located in a strip mall, but will be moving to a larger building soon.  It will still be located on Houghton Road.   The complimentary chips were homemade and the accompanying salsa packed a little heat.  The enchiladas had quite a bit of meat in them and with just the right amount of enchilada sauce.   They were covered with a lot of cheese.  While we tend to eat at a lot of Mexican restaurants, I must say that this is the first restaurant where the meal was actually served at a hot temperature when it arrived at our table.  The lunch portion was large.  Our meal was very good and we would definitely eat here again.

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Valley Cafe – 360 West Hall Street, Hatch, NM 

This little hole-the-wall restaurant offers about 8 tables inside and sitting on the porch outside.  Diverse menu offering breakfast, sandwiches and Mexican dishes.  John had a burger and fries served in a basket.  Good sized burger with a handmade burger patty on a warm bun.  I had the chicken enchiladas.  The enchiladas were served the New Mexico way which is flat, not rolled.  The chicken was served on top of the enchiladas.  I had the choice of red or green enchilada sauce and adding chopped onions.  I went for the red sauce and onions.  The sauce packed some heat.  The waitress brought a squeeze bottle of sour cream which I could add as I wished.  The rice was nothing special and of course, I didn’t try the beans.

We chose this restaurant after looking at reviews on Trip Advisor & Yelp.  The food was okay and the wait staff did a good job.

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Los Charros Mexican Restaurant – 9017 Main Street, Needville, TX

This restaurant was larger than we expected and served more than just Mexican dishes.   Los Charros also serves breakfast and burgers.  Of course, we were there for our Mexican fix.   First of all the beverage glasses were quite large.  The complimentary chips were homemade and were a little thicker.  They came with a bowl of cheese sauce, two plates and a squeeze bottle of salsa.  I must say that I have never seen salsa served in a squeeze bottle.  So instead of dunking my chips in salsa, I had to squirt salsa on a chip before eating one.  It didn’t take long to figure out why they brought plates with the chips.

I had the three beef enchiladas that were covered with a lot of melted cheese.  I had the choice of ground beef or fajita beef in the enchiladas.  This time, I went with the ground beef and there was a lot in the enchiladas.  The rice was good and the little salad on the plate had tomatoes and onions.  This was were serving the salsa in a squeeze bottle came in handy.

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John had  two tacos served with beans, rice and a small salad on the plate.

Los Charros seemed to be a place where the locals ate in town.  We were there about 2:00 in the afternoon and there were several tables of folks, most of which spoke Spanish.

The food was good and we would certainly eat here again if we were in the area.

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Los Reyes Baton Rouge LA

Los Reyes Mexican Grill – 11333 Coursey Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA

We stopped by here for a late lunch choosing this restaurant because of ratings on Trip Advisor.   The complimentary chips were homemade and came in a large basket.   The waitress brought two small bowls of salsa, one for John and one for me.  The salsa was not very hot and all I could really taste was the tomato base with just a little spice.  I had the beef enchiladas which were stuffed full of ground beef and covered with chili con carne.  Again, it wasn’t very hot other than the temperature.  The serving size was rather large.  As usual, I asked for no beans and double the rice.  The rice was okay, but no taste until I added the salsa.

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John ordered the taco plate.  He had a choice of soft shells or hard shells.  He said that it was okay, but not very spicy.  He must have still been hungry, as he kept eating the complimentary chips.

I suspect that this restaurant is part of a chain serving Tex-Mex and not authentic Mexican dishes.

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El Sombrero Vicksburg MS

El Sombrero Mexican Grill, 1820 South Frontage Road, Vicksburg, MS

We were staying in Vicksburg, MS to visit the Vicksburg National Military Park and stopped by this restaurant after driving  through the park.  The salsa that came with the complimentary chips had a little bit of spice to it and the chips were just okay.  I ordered the beef enchiladas, asking for no beans but more rice.  The enchiladas were made with corn tortillas as opposed to flour tortillas.  Instead of any kind of enchilada sauce or chili con carne covering the enchiladas, these were served with melted cheese.  The enchiladas were merely okay.  They could have used a little spice and some color.  The rice was bland as well, but to give it some taste I added some salsa on top.

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John ordered a lunch combo that consisted of one taco, one enchilada, beans and rice.  He also thought the food was bland and was visually unappealing.

While the food was simply okay, we are not sure if we would eat here again.

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Birmingham, AL

This restaurant is a small family owned restaurant.  The basket of complimentary chips was ample and home made.  The accompanying salsa had a just a little spice and was addictivie.  As usual, I ordered the enchiladas.  The enchilada sauce had a little zip, but not too much.  The double rice was a huge portion.  The wait staff stopped by our table several times to refill our water and to see if everything was okay with our meal.

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John had the taco and enchilada lunch combo.  He said that the taco had plenty of cheese.  The taco shell was homemade.  He said that his meal was good.

The restaurant offered quite a few lunch combos, many of them only cost $6.95.  The lunch servings were more than enough.  We would definitely eat here again if we were in the area.

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Los 3 Amigos, 12553 North Main Street, Trenton, GA

This family owned restaurant offered a huge menu with a number of combinations, as well as single entrees.  The complimentary chips were homemade and the salsa had a little kick to it.  John and I both ordered the #1 combo which was 2 enchiladas, 1 hard-shelled taco and choice of rice or beans.  Just perfect for someone like me who never gets the beans, but prefers the rice.  The serving of rice was quite large.  The taco and enchiladas where stuffed with ground beef that wasn’t spicy at all, but if you added some of the salsa it added a little bit of flavor.  We were impressed with the size of the meal for the price of $6.99 + tax.  The restaurant was clean and the staff was very nice.  We would definitely eat here again if in the area.

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PhotoText-1524165460226La Costa Mexican Restaurant, 138 The Crossings, Crossville, TN

La Costa Mexican Restaurant offered a large menu, as well as a large lunch menu with lots of combinations and entrees.  The complimentary chips were homemade and served warm.  They were served with a bowl of salsa and a bowl of bean dip.  The salsa was medium spicy.  We did not try the bean dip.  As usual, I ordered the two enchiladas, but this time with shredded beef.  They came with melted cheese on top and not enchilada sauce.  The enchiladas were not really spicy, but had an ample amount of meat..  The lunch serving was rather large.

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We would eat at this restaurant again if in the area.

 

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El Matazlon Restaurant, 1172 Main Street, Munfordville, KY

El Matazlon offered a nice lunch menu with several combination options to choose from.  The complimentary chips were homemade but over fried.  The accompanying salsa was runny with little taste.  I had the beef enchiladas, while served hot lacked flavor and was not spicy.  Likewise the rice was flavorless.

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Santa Fe Mexican American Restaurant, 189 S. Gardner Street, Scottsburg, IN

This family restaurant offered a large menu with lunch specials, as well as a Mexican Buffet.  We both chose the #4 combination with was 2 enchiladas, 1 hard shell taco and rice.  The complimentary chips were homemade and the salsa that accompanied the chips had a nice texture to it with a little bit of spice.  The enchiladas and taco, while good, was rather bland.  The rice was not your typical Spanish rice, but rather a yellow rice, it too, lacked flavor.  The portion was rather large for lunch.  While the meal could have been spicer, it was good an filling.

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La Hacienda, 927 IL-49, Casey, IL

La Hacienda had a nice lunch menu.  We both chose the Speedy Gonzales Combination for $5.99.  The combination was one enchilada, one hard-shell taco and choice of rice or beans.  The complimentary chips were not homemade, but appeared to be store bought.  The salsa was thick but seemed to be nothing more than tomato sauce with a little bit of spice.  The food arrived hot.  The taco shell was also not homemade, and again appeared to be store bought.  The serving was ample for lunch.  The meal seemed rather plain.  Not sure if we would eat here again if in the area.

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Los Tres Hermanos, 31 North Wisconsin St., Elkhorn, WI

This restaurant had a large overall menu, but the lunch menu didn’t have too many offerings.  We both ordered the Speedy Gonzales Combination for $6.50.  It consisted of one enchilada, one hard-shell taco and rice.  The complimentary chips were on the thick side, but were very tasty.  A large bowl of salsa came with the chips.  The salsa was thick and had a good taste to it.  Both the hard-shell taco and the enchilada were filled with a nice amount of meat.  The rice had a little bit of flavor to it.  The food was served very hot.  Staff was friendly and nice.  We would eat here again if in the area.

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El Tio, 224 North Grove Street, Blue Earth, MN

El Tio is a small  family owned restaurant with only about a dozen tables.  The menu was large and offered a good selection.   We were greeted by a young man, who would be our waiter and cashier.  Usually, we order water with lemon to drink, but here the water came with a lime slice.  The chips were homemade and on the thick side.  They were very tasty.  The accompanying salsa was tomato based and wasn’t too thick nor too thin.  The salsa had a good flavor.  John and I both ordered the four enchiladas which came with rice and beans.  The presentation of the plate was nice with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and sour cream on top of the enchiladas.  Underneath the lettuce, the enchiladas were covered with a cheese sauce.   The enchiladas had a nice taste to them.  The rice also had a good flavor.  John’s beans seemed to be a little on the runny side.  Overall, the meal was large and good.  We would definitely eat here again if in the area.

 

 

 

 

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