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Has anyone tried Cancun Mexican Rest. in Johnston, RI?

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sarahbeth Nov 17, 2008 10:55 AM

Last night, my husband and I went to Don Jose on Federal Hill and were really disappointed. The food was lack-luster and luke warm. And the service was terrible. I haven't found any really great Mexican restaurants here in Little Rhody. Has anyone tried Cancun yet?

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    luci Nov 17, 2008 11:35 AM

    Is this a chain? I saw a sign on route 3 for one in MA

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      sarahbeth Nov 17, 2008 11:55 AM

      No, it is a family owned restaurant on Rt.44/Putnum Pike in Johnston, RI.

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      booper Nov 17, 2008 08:47 PM

      Haven't heard of this place? Try EL Tapatio for some great mexican in Cranston,(Atwood Ave.) They are opening another location in the Wickford area too!!!!

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        kidschef Nov 18, 2008 06:52 AM

        I agree. We tried this place one night when we could not get into Mikes Kitchen. The food was yummy. Drinks were delish and the bill was not to bad. Excellent home made chips and Salsa. We'll be back.

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          RIRN2008 Nov 18, 2008 07:39 AM

          I totally agree! We've even gone there for take-out.

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        Sap115 Nov 18, 2008 04:47 AM

        I've been by Cancun a number of times, but since I haven't heard of anyone who has been there, I am a little nervous about trying it. But in the scheme of RI Mexican restaurants, how bad could it be?

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          hockynut Nov 19, 2008 08:26 AM

          I have had take out on one occasion and then went back with my wife and 3 year old son twice. Each time both my wife and I enjoyed the food very much (but we aren't food critics either). The service was excellent each visit. I would recommend this establishment to anyone who enjoys Mexican. i felt that the prices were reasonable, especially for the quantity of food received. And always end on the deep fried ice cream.
          Sidebar:
          First dining room visit was unique. At the end of our meal, the fire alarm went off and the place evacuated. We could have easily left without paying for our meal (like several others did). Instead we waited out the inspection, went in and paid our tab. Funny thing was, my wife noticed a fireman picking up takeout just as the alarm went off. He proceeded to get people out and then check out the situation.
          Again, I would recommend!

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            GabachaYucateca Nov 19, 2008 06:51 PM

            We just went there for the first time last Saturday. The waitress said they'd only been open for 2 months.

            Not bad at all. Wish that there had been more regional dishes and had hoped for them, but this is RI after all. But then again, El Tapatio doesn't have anything from Jalisco.

            We've liked El Tapatio in the past, but last time we went there the food wasn't as good as it had been.

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            lilypi Dec 12, 2008 03:01 PM

            I ventured here last night with my mother...who is generally terrified of non-american food but was willing to give it a shot. we LOVED it. mom tried (and loved) guacamole for the first time, which i never thought i'd get to see. the service was excellent - friendly and attentive without being overbearing or irritating. the quality of the food was great, and the portion to price ratio was just right. we left satisfied but not completely overstuffed after dinner, tea, and a split fried ice cream dessert, for $32.

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              Steve C Dec 20, 2008 08:04 AM

              Cancun in Johnston RI? If you did not like Don Jose's, you will not make it through a meal at Cancun. Absolutely the worst- mole like Hershey's, fish tacos that tasted like it had been from a can or even sitting out all night! Avoid

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                GabachaYucateca Apr 28, 2010 05:39 PM

                Just as I had a bad experience eating Thai food and shrimp in Salt Lake City, I wouldn't expect a restaurant owned and run by Mexican who come from inland to serve banging fish tacos.

                I find Cancun similar in price/quality/ambience to El Tapatio...entertaining but not life-altering.

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                stevech95 Jan 20, 2009 10:43 AM

                yes, it is excellent food!!!
                so far the best mexican food i've had in the east coast.
                the service, the neatness, and just the food itself are great.
                everything tastes fresh, really fresh.
                bar is a little too small but they have a huge banquet room.
                i would recommend this restaurant 100%
                and they sometimes give coupons on your way out.
                last time i got a buy one get one free!!!! great!!!

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                  ChefMikeG Apr 26, 2010 06:31 PM

                  This place is awesome! Being from south Texas on the Mexican Border, I can say that this place and Chilangos on manton ave are the best places ive eaten here in Rhode Island for Mexican food. The queso is fantastic. I just tried the Chile Colorado yesterday and have been thinking about it since. It reminded me of something my grandmother used to make. I was amazing!!! Also the bar and tequila choices are great.

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