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May 29, 2012 05:48 PM

AUTHENTIC Mexican in Mesa?

This Pacific Northwest Hound will be visiting relatives in Mesa soon, and I'd love to find a great restaurant that serves AUTHENTIC Mexican food, not the same old tacos and enchiladas.

Any suggestions?


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  1. How did these places work out for you?

    AUTHENTIC Mexican in Mesa?

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Thanks - I started out by looking for that thread but couldn't find it. Most of the places recommended last time were in Tempe or Scottsdale. I was hoping to stay in Mesa.

      1. re: Jeffo405

        I used to go to Rosa's Mexican Grill, years ago. I liked it better than Rancho de Tia Rosa. I guess most of the food is Sonoran Mexican.

        I also like the Mesa location of Los Dos Molinos. The food is Southwestern / New Mexican.

        Are they authentic? I don't know. When I want Mexican that is different than the usual tacos and enchiladas, I tend to find a place that serves seafood (mariscos). I've been to many, and enjoyed them all, but, I haven't been to one in Mesa. Torta shops can also be a change of pace. I'm sure Mesa has good examples of both.

        1. re: johnseberg

          Thanks, johnseberg - I'll see if we can make it to one of these.

    2. Mexico is a vast country. There are many cuisines from Mexico. Many are by state, but then, within states, there can be major differences.

      What exactly do you mean by "authentic?" "Authentic" to what?

      Much of the Mexican cuisine, available in Arizona, will be at least related to Sonora, but not all. Though I do not know of such a restaurant in Mesa, we also have the food of Jalisco, in Metro-Phoenix. We also have some good representations of the food from Baja Mexico. Then, there are a few spots, that serve a New Mexican influenced version of Mexican - soft of a Tex-Mex meets Indio. It all just depends.

      Do you want Sonoran, Cal-Mex variations, Tex-Mex, or maybe a New Mexican take?

      They are all different.

      Good luck,


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      1. re: Bill Hunt

        Thanks, Bill. You're right - it's a little like asking where to find "authentic" Chinese food - Cantonese? Hunan? Sichuan? What I was hoping to find is something that you won't find in a "typical" Mexican restaurant in Anytown USA: hard-shell tacos, enchiladas, same old same old. I hope to find one while I'm there. Thanks again.

      2. I like Los Dos Molinos in Mesa...
        Elote Cafe in Sedona.

        1. Casa Ramos II in Mesa is excellent. You won't be disappointed.

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          1. re: dacubz

            Had lunch at Casa Ramos yesterday. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement of huge proportion. The food was beyond ordinary. In a Mexican restaurant, to say the food was bland would be the supreme insult. This was bland and lifeless. This restaurant occupies a huge building and it was entirely empty at noon. Shame on us for not leaving it that way. I will say that the staff was attentive, but then we were the only people there.