October 8, 2008
Experience: Located in the former home of Nathan's Pizza and Pub (across the street from Dahl's on Beaver) the interior of Mexico Viejo doesn't scream "Mexican restaurant," but light wood paneling and baby blue walls create an atmosphere that's cozy and tasteful. Colorful paper banners strung across the ceiling give a whimsical clue to what you'll find on the menu. At 3 p.m. on a Saturday the place was empty except for us. And with a host, server and chef taking care of us, service was speedy and friendly.
On the menu: You'll find standard Mexican fare like burritos, chimichangas (such as the chiken chimichanga pictured), fajitas and enchiladas. There's a section of $6.99 combo meals, plus eight vegetarian combos for the same price. There's also a seafood section with offerings like fried tilapia and a handful of Mexican steak entrees for less than $15.
You won't find alcohol on the menu, so if you're craving a margarita or beer with your meal, this is not the place for you.
What we ordered: I decided on the No. 9 combo meal, which included a beef enchilada and a beef tamale with Mexican rice and beans. The enchilada and tamale were covered in a red sauce with a sprinkling of ground beef on top. Everything was tasty, but not overly warm, especially by the end of my meal.
My dining partner thoroughly enjoyed his chicken chimichanga. The exterior shell was crisp without being too crunchy.
While we waited for our food, we munched on the standard chips and salsa, served in a mini carafe with a small bowl to pour it in. We also tried the cheese dip, a smooth melted white cheese with a hint of spice to it.
Good if you want: Classic Mexican fare at a decent price. And, with the long list of combo meals, you're sure to find exactly what you're hungry for. Plus, the small dining room and homey decor will make you feel at home.
No. 9 combo: one enchilada, one tamale, Mexican rice and beans, $6.99
Chicken chimichanga, $6.99
Cheese dip, $2.75
Total, with tax and tip, $20