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Chowfind: La Mexicana for lunch, Bathurst St

Vinnie Vidimangi Oct 17, 2013 10:48 AM

La Mexicana
3337 Bathurst St
416 783 9452
Lunch special - $10- soup and plate

I know very little about Mexican food and had no desire to learn more. I had gone to a Mexican restaurant under the bridge in Detroit about 20 years ago and it was disgusting and even worse there was far too much of it. I should have known better. It had been enthusiastically recommended by someone Czech who cringed at the thought of eating vegetables. I thought that I had an obligation to try because the guy was my banker.

La Mexicana had a lunch special sign out so I thought, what the heck.
Soup and a plate, $10. The soup was a veg black bean which I chose in preference to the veg veg. Delicious and ample.
The plates were tacos-enchiladas- burritos-flautas-chimichangas -quaesedillas etc. Choice of chicken, beef, veg.
I went veg and had the bean soup and a veg whatever combo.
The food had been made with talent and care. Little touches of things everywhere and good control in the flavouring. Lots to eat. I still don't know much about Mexican food but I thought that what I had was delicious and satisfying. And cheap. Cost was about 50% of the dinner cost.

  1. kwass Oct 17, 2013 10:56 AM

    Interesting to hear. There are several locations, and I haven't heard particularly good things about it, so I've been reluctant to try it.

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    1. re: kwass
      Davwud Oct 18, 2013 08:07 AM


      Vin, sometimes you don't need to know about a certain food. Just what you like. As such, if you like what you had, that's really all that matters.


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      air621 Oct 18, 2013 07:45 AM

      I used to go there with my family a while ago. The quality of food declined rapidly. It was downright gross the final time we went and decided that was the last. Their salsa was always good tho

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      1. re: air621
        Vinnie Vidimangi Oct 18, 2013 08:36 AM

        How long ago?

        Your comment surprised me
        I called the owner. He said that he had had a lot of trouble with his cooks about two years ago but all that ended, subject of course to the occasional hiccups.

        My lunch was beautiful in taste and presentation. No way was it the same food that you experienced. The woman who was cooking would have been a good to excellent cook in any food culture. Maybe not authentically good, but good to excellent.

        He also told me that he was opening a kosher Mexican place in a month in the Sobey Plaza (too me, somewhere in Thornill). I wished him luck in dealing with COR.

        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
          kwass Oct 18, 2013 09:02 AM

          That's been open for about a year now. But I don't think it's kosher.

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            Vinnie Vidimangi Oct 18, 2013 06:30 PM

            kwass. We are both right. The existing restaurant is being converted.
            They are cutting a bit off the operating hours.

            air621. Whatever was the problem before, certainly isn't a problem now.

            I went veg again for lunch
            basket of corn chips and salsa, given a choice of mild, medium and hot
            veg veg soup, big bowl
            two corn roll things, bit of salad, corn chip bowl of black beans.

            The veg soup is good, the black bean puree soup is special.

            Cheap, filling, very nice and delicious. $10. Wow! What do you get at McD and the like for $10?

            1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
              kwass Oct 18, 2013 06:37 PM

              Wow! That's interesting! A kosher Mexican restaurant will do incredibly well in that area! Especially if the food's as good as you say it is :)

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        Vinnie Vidimangi Oct 26, 2013 04:23 PM

        Another $10 lunch. Went meat, no dairy. Chicken-lime soup.
        Two corn roll things, one filled with chicken the other beef. Covered with a tomato sauce. Very good, every part of it, and satisfying.

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        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
          kwass Oct 26, 2013 08:06 PM

          Which location did you go to Vinnie?

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            Vinnie Vidimangi Oct 26, 2013 08:10 PM

            3337 Bathurst St.

            1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
              kwass Oct 27, 2013 03:36 AM

              Thanks Vinnie. I wasn't sure if you had gone back to that location or had tried the Thornhill location. I only ask because my mom lives near the Thornhill location and if I were going to try it, that's the one I would try.

              Have you tried any other mexican restaurants in the city? Have you been to Grand Electric or Playa Cabana? Because both of those are top notch, with Playa Cabana having the edge.

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                Vinnie Vidimangi Oct 27, 2013 05:42 AM

                I think that only Bathurst St has the lunch special.
                Only tried two in my entire eating career. Between the one in Detroit under the bridge and that some places- the real ones- put lard or pork int almost everything, there was no desire.

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