Tempe, AZ 85281
- Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm
- MasterCard, Visa, cash
- Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
- Dinner, Lunch
- Not Accepted
Phoenix New Times' Description
This long-running Tempe favorite has been housed in several locations in the Mill Avenue area, but folks always seem to find it - the staff has been there forever, and is nicer than your own family. Imagine Cheers, only Sonoran restaurant style. And, come to think of it, even friendlier.
In its three-plus decades of existence, Restaurant Mexico has certainly had its share of changes (ever-expanding development has forced it to pack up and move three times), but one thing's remained the same: its mouthwatering food. And in an area overflowing with Sonoran eateries, its menu full of Mexico City-style dishes definitely sets it apart from the pack. How about some... More >>
In its three-plus decades of existence, Restaurant Mexico has certainly had its share of changes (ever-expanding development has forced it to pack up and move three times), but one thing's remained the same: its mouthwatering food. And in an area overflowing with Sonoran eateries, its menu full of Mexico City-style dishes definitely sets it apart from the pack. How about some fresh sopes topped with chorizo, or perhaps one of the unusual quesadillas, a deep-fried delicacy made with masa and flavorful beef picadillo? Other options include tacos, tostadas, and enchiladas slathered in tomatillo sauce. You can hardly go wrong, which is evident even in Restaurant Mexico's tasty take on standards like refried beans. Say all you want about "Mall Avenue" this little-indie-restaurant-that-could, now planted squarely in the midst of Tempe's bustling main drag, is a true original.
Tips from foursquare
Love the longevity of this place: great green sauce, beans, cotija cheese. A Tempe institution.
Most delicious Mexican food I've ever had.
The green sauce, despite being on the veggie burro, is made with chicken stock, an thus not v*gan. It is however delicious.
The Wednesday special of Bistek Ranchero is delicious and comes with papas.
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Best Of Awards
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