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Jun 2, 2011 10:46 AM

Five days in Yuma for business, where should be eat?

If I would like to avoid fast food and chain places, what are our choices? Dying for some good mexian food that we lack on East Coast. Thanks in advance!

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    1. Sorry I haven't replied sooner.

      Yuma is full of good Mexican places. Right now, my favorites are El Zarape and Los Manjares, both on 8th St between A & B. Great prices, very good food.

      The two locations of Mi Rancho (the small original one at 2nd and 4th Ave) and the newer one on 4th Ave near 28th) also are pretty good. The larger newer one is has better ambiance than the other places on the list.

      For Mexican seafood dishes, Mar Azul, between 13th and 14th Sts between 4th and 5th Aves has good seafood coceteles and tacos.

      Yuma also has a lot of good taco trucks. The one next to David's Mkt (on Ave B close to 2nd St) is open day through night and has a wide range of meat choices and good grilled veggies. San Pedro on 8th St abetween B and C, open evenings only, is a classy truck with leather chairs and features primarily asada. Juanita's (on 8th just west of A) , is a good seafood truck open during the day. Some good trucks out on Fortuna in Foothills area as well.

      This response focuses on the most authentic places, but Yuma has numerous good Mexican restuarants. Let me know if you need more info or have questions.

      El Zarape
      1905 W 8th St, Yuma, AZ 85364

      Mi Rancho Restaurant
      2701 S 4th Ave, Yuma, AZ 85364

      6 Replies
      1. re: Ed Dibble

        Thank you so much! We loved Los Manjares last night and heading out to Mar Azul tonight. My hat goes off for people who are so kind and generous with their recommendations, making our business trips palatable.

        1. re: galka

          Glad you enjoyed. You should like stuff at Mar Azul. Again, if you have questions, I will try to check this board daily.

          I just want to put in another good word for El Zarape. A new family purchased the place late last year and now the food is, imho, as good or better than any other place in town. If you google the restaurant, you need to use its full name "el zarape de don chuy" or you will just get stuff about the restaurant under its previous owners -- most of whom were not serving good food.

          El Zarape
          1905 W 8th St, Yuma, AZ 85364

        2. re: Ed Dibble

          So Ed, is La Fonda still good? Moved away from there in 95 but come back occasionaly to visit the kids. Always need to go to El Charro for the sour cream enchiladas/red sauce or the loaded machaca chimi but haven't gone into La Fonda for awhile. Used to love their Suiza Enchiladas years ago.

          1. re: AzDumpling

            La Fonda still has about the friendliest and most efficient service and good lunch specials, but it has a new chef so many of the old dishes (patty enchiladas, for example) are gone. The tortilla and albondigas soups are still the same. I don't remember about the Suiza enchiladas -- though I am surprised that I have no memory of eating them there because that is a dish I like. The place now has things like grilled fish tacos and chicken enchiladas with chipotle tortillas these days. Certainly worth a visit -- in fact, maybe you have given me an idea for lunch today. I will check out other stuff.

            1. re: AzDumpling

              Thanks for the reminder about La Fonda. It is across town from where I live and sometimes the food has not been as consistent as I would like. Plus, it is one of the few Mexican restaurants in town with more Mexican/American waitstaff than customers, so I foget about it sometimes. Your post led me to have lunch there today.

              The place is still good and busy, but the lunch specials no longer include free beverage (except for ice tea or water). I found Enchiladas Suiza on the menu and it was a good dish. Basically, as they served it today, it was a chicken enchilada plate with green sauce with a little platic cup of guac and another of sour cream on the side. But I loved the grilled chicken in the enchiladas. Also I discovered that they still prepare patty enchiladas, but they are no longer one of the lunch specials. Service was as competent and friendly as ever. Next time you're in town, you should go back.

              1. re: Ed Dibble

                Wow, that brings back memories. We lived there from 1982 till we moved up to Flag in '95. Owned the Yuma Cabana for many years. Wife and I loved La Fonda and now that you are mentioning the enchiladas that sounds just like I remember them being. The opaque green sauce had a slight tanginess to it and the grilled chicken in them was very tasty. We found the restaurant to be one of our favorites primarily for the reasons you mention just now. Coming down to attend the grandaughter's recital this weekend so one night will have to be El Charro and one night will be La Fonda. Always enjoy you standing up for Yuma here on the board. I find your comments to be both informative and insightful when someone inquires as to where to eat in the town. I find most people who do not live there have a pretty poor impression of Yuma but it definitely has its good points as well.