December 2017 by n gilbert
For four decades I've been frequenting a family owned restaurant called Restaurant Mexico. I found them as a college student. I'd go there frequently during my college years. I lived down the street and there was nothing better than a quick, inexpensive and delicious meal from them. Huge portions but better yet, the food was consistently good. It was home away from home for me. I used to waddle over when I was pregnant with Matthew, have a great meal and then waddle home. I loved that place, still do.
Throughout the years my little darling of a restaurant was displaced time and again by the city of Tempe. First they moved to expand their business but after a time that building was to be torn down so they moved. They found a cute place directly across the street from ASU and they reestablished their clientele. We all found one some might call a 'little hole in the wall' but we knew it was actually a diamond in the rough. What do you think happened then though, yup, the city moved them again. They are now in a choice spot on Mill Ave. where all the action is. The city screwed them so many times and they were so much a part of history in their down town, the city officials agreed to get them relocated, hopefully for the last time. And now they found the sweet spot. They are in a prime location on Mill Avenue where thousands of people come down to visit for a host of reasons. It is a busy downtown. But we'd all have gone to the moon and back for one of their meals.
The chef was always the same, the 3 servers were always there; w were part of the family. One of them was a little sprite. Red headed, with wild hair, a freckled face and a smile. She was one of my favorites and we tried to find her table so she'd serve us. When Ms Redhead left, we sat at our other 2 favorite servers tables.
Damn! Decades of great service and the same delicious food I've came to expect. I may go back again one more time before I leave but it is doubtful I think I have said goodbye although my favorite dish is Number 8 and last night I strayed and ate something different. I'd like to remember my favorite dish just how it is in my mind.
Last night when I walked in it was very hot in there. The door was propped open and the place was empty. It was a Saturday night and there was a football game in town. The place was swarming with people but not inside my favorite restaurant. I was worried business was not as it should be and they turned the AC off to save money. I made an inference and it turned out to be completely wrong. The air conditioning unit went bust and they had service people on the roof as I sat there. I did not know this and no one said a thing so I made an assumption and dang it, I was off base. I got a bit testy while I sat there in the heat. It was rather uncomfortable but hey, it was their food I came for and I was not leaving although I was a tad bit cranky (not to them, my hubby is the lucky guy to get that backlash). My crankiness was assuaged when the repairmen left with a ladder and a smile on their face. The owners had one too. I knew I'd been wrong. And best yet, within minutes the place cooled down, the food came and I was in heaven and the place started to fill up.
Restaurant Mexico. Downtown Tempe. Best Mexican food in town as far as I am concerned. I told them that last night that I have 4 plus decades of consistently good food and service and I was going to miss them. As I said goodbye to them I felt joy in telling them how I felt. I walked out feeling satisfied and yet tears rolled down my cheeks. I was saying goodbye.
December 2017 by adamtravels_1969
Went to Restaurant Mexico with my daughter for Saturday evening dinner. Since she is a “local” now - an ASU student - I let her pick the restaurant. I was pleasantly surprised that, although we were on Mill, the place was quiet, clean, and provided good service and food. Also, very reasonably priced. I’ll be back next time I am in town.
November 2017 by Sylvia Schulz
Took my husband and my three boys everybody enjoyed their food very very much!! Food was very flavorful little bit on the spice side. Food was very authentic.
October 2017 by Riley Price
Been going to Restaurant Mexico since I was a toddler. We moved to Oregon and when we came back 15 years later the waitress remembered us! Truly amazing service and great affordable food.
September 2017 by Q7903TKjuliev
We ate dinner here last week and really enjoyed it. It was a lovely evening and having seen the nice patio out back from our hotel room, we asked if we could eat outside. We were surprised to hear the patio was closed because it was too hot (we're from Canada, so didn't see that coming!) :) We must have sounded disappointed, because the staff took the trouble to clean off and set up a table to serve us outside, where we enjoyed a great dinner. The service was so friendly and attentive that we almost felt like we were at someone's private home! The food was authentic Mexican, was fresh, super tasty and reasonably priced. It's definitely worth a visit if you're in the Tempe/Mill Ave area.