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May 2, 2008 06:46 AM

Great Mexican in Lawrence, KS?

I'm drawing a blank! I can think of El Mezcal, which I've never been to the Lawrence location and La Parrilla, which I wasn't terribly excited about it, though it's been a while. Any recommendations?

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  1. La Familia Cafe (Downtown) is worth a try. They were good, cheap and plentiful at one time.

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    1. re: jm054

      I second La Familia... one of the few places I miss from Lawrence. Ask for the sweet salsa! Skip El Mezcal unless you're just drinking.

    2. I haven't lived in Lawrence for a while (more than 5 years), but I get back once a month or so. I never found any great Mexican food in Lawrence. That may be a function of moving to Lawrence from Austin, Texas, and spending most of my time hanging out with a great cook from ABQ, NM.

      I liked La Parrilla (a lot when it first opened, less lately), and I ate at La Familia with some frequency, and I had my share of Burrito King burritos, but never anything that I would describe as "great" and "Mexican." However, things may have changed since my day.

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      1. re: heatherkay

        I lived in lawrence from 2000-2004..and I really never found a great mexican place - La Familia was it for us. We did El Mezcal, but only on occassion.
        La Parilla , of course, was a favorite in the old days..

      2. We lived in lawrence for years and for us it was La Tropicana or La Parillia downtown. if the weather is nice try La Tropicana; its North of the river (turn east at Johnnys). The food is better than most and you can eat outside. Nice margaritas too

        1. I always used to go to El Mezcal because I liked their white cheese dip, but really didn't like the food at all. Then I discovered Cielito Lindo (8th & New Hampshire). They have the queso and really good food. Plus they have lots of outside seating for when the weather is nice.

          Pretty good service, decent drinks, great queso and really good food. My favorite dish is the Enchiladas Rancheras. Three cheese (small) enchiladas topped with pork, onions, tomatoes and bell peppers in a smokey enchiladas sauce. Their chimichangas and tacos are good too.

          1. Katie, I don't know if you'd consider it "Mexican" (as this is Mexican, but with twists), but Robert Krause's Esquina is opened.

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            1. re: ulterior epicure

              Yeah, we had a good lunch at Esquina last Saturday. Fantastic tacos with the roasted chile (?) salsa and a nice plate of flank steak with rice, beans, sweet potato, beet puree, and grilled squash. Very tasty food, fast and accomodating, friendly service. I wish I'd tried the agua fresca...

              1. re: amyzan

                I 3rd Esquina. I've always had good food and a great time there. (I especially like going during weekday afternoons, when their guac and cheese dip are 1/2 price.) I had a corn taco there yesterday that was delicious.