tried the newly reopened little mexico in grand rapids
and it was nothing special. SUPER noisy, no effort made to control the noise at all (e.g. acoustical tile, fabric hangings etc) the cheese dip tasted like the pump stuff you get w/ nachos at the movie theatre. Food was OK but nothing outstanding and yet the place was packed and 40 min wait for a table, Sorry, we'll stick w/ El Arriero on 28th St. Have never had a bad meal there. And typically 30% or better of the clientele is Hispanic. That pretty much sums it up.
I don't disagree with you on some points, but I am somewhat more optimistic. We stopped in for lunch the other day and ate in the bar area, which was quiet, though we did notice the pretty intense volume of the main room on our way out. I haven't had their cheese dip, so I can't comment. We each had a tasty, if somewhat typical, lunch combo, which gave us food to take home, and I thought it was very well-priced at about $7. Also, our waiter was very attentive and quick without being annoying or pushy. Since I live downtown, it's quite convenient and has a little bit better atmosphere than some of the "more authentic" restaurants for a leisurely lunch.
I'd recommend Little Mexico if you want somewhat Americanized Mexican food at a reasonable price. If you want to avoid a line, avoid the lunch rush, and if you want to avoid the volume, ask for a seat in the bar (which is a smoking until May).
Couldn't agree more with the previous review. Though broken into several rooms the restaurant is loud and echo-filled more like an auditorium than a comfortable room. The food - I enjoyed the old Little Mexico and was expecting at least the same quality - NOT. The portions were laughable - I have never seen a mini-chimi or a micro-enchilada before, but leaving the size to another discussion the taste was less than bland. My wife and I agreed that it was without reservation the worst Mexican food we have ever eaten. The Chimi was doughy and undercooked with a filling of chicken that tasted and felt to the mouth like it had been left to dry for a month before serving, the enchilada was buried in a "sauce' that was some combination of green and white that tasted like something from a Campbell's soup can. Saddened by the experience. Expectations not met. I will likely contact the owners and try to politely share my experience in the hope that they will make an effort to actually reopen Little Mexico.
1285 N State Road 135 Ste 5, Greenwood, IN 46142