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“Hungry Like a Bear in the Park” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Casa mendoza

Casa mendoza
Sierra Dr, Three Rivers, CA
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Ranked #11 of 14 Restaurants in Three Rivers
Cuisines: Mexican
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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26 restaurant reviews
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Hungry Like a Bear in the Park”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Just out of our visit to Sequoia National Park and hungry as the bears the signs tell everyone not to approach, we saw Casa Mendoza like a beacon to the hungry traveler and make a quick turn in to get some evening nosh.

The place is simple and almost cafeteria-like inside -- little to no ambience, but outside seating on picnic style tables was very pleasant as evening encroached and the heat of the day diminished. There was music to dine by--a solo guitar/singer doing popular rock and folk covers.

The food was so-so. My Delta Special had steak, shrimp, and chicken in a sauce . . . but the steak and chicken both were overcooked and rather bland in taste. A group of 4, I also heard "bland" from one of the others who got the green enchiladas. The men were less picky and devoured their dishes. Desert, the only one they had--Flan--was excellent. Coffee with dessert was sadly weak, and I could not even drink the cup.

So 50/50--food is so/so. Outside seating and music and good company is nice. Waitress was a little spacey. When I asked for salsa with my dish, she disappeared and wasn't seen for 20 minutes. We had to get up, go in, grab some salsa ourselves. It's a Mexican restaurant, so that's a little odd.

But, if you are hungry like a bear . . . it'll do. It was a long ride back to Bakersfield!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Austin, Texas
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“Good food, inexpensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Good traditional Mexican good at good prices. We really liked their salsa, the food was ok. Service was kind of slow for the number of wait staff vs the number of customers.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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“Good, cheap Mexican food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Food, basic, no-frills Mexican food that won't hurt you wallet. Good atmosphere and helpful waitresses.

Visited July 2014
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“Not Good At All”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Stopped in during a trip to the Sequoias. Started with standard chips & salsa which were good but downhill from there. I had a burrito that had huge chunks of meat & peppers drowning in sauce with no flavor. My wife's salad was the weirdest thing I've every seen.. A huge plate of nothing but just dried out chicken with spices thrown on top. We were not impressed.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Roseville, California
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“Misinformed”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

When asked if they cooked with lard we were happy the answer was no. After telling the server we were vegetarian and served chips, we asked about the rice and was told it was cooked in chicken broth and then was told the chips (we had eaten) were fried in the same fryer as the chimichangas made with beef. YUCK!!!

Needless to say we paid for our drinks (which should have been comped) and left. Bummer.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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