We visit the Mesa location of Tia Rosa on average 2-3 times per year. We have a home in the area and Tia Rosa is always on our list. During our last trip to Mesa, this location was undergoing renovation following a fire so we went to the Gilbert location. We definitely prefer Mesa.
Tia Rosa has many fond memories for our family. My in-laws lived in Mesa for over 20 years so ate here many times. One of my fondest memories was sharing dinner and Cadillac Margaritas with my late father-in-law ... to see him sucking down that Margarita still makes me laugh.
The place is crazy busy, always. But the wait is never long. As you walk in you'll be on sensory overload, especially if you go at Christmas. The entire restaurant is decked out in all sorts of Southwest-themed things. The music might be a bit loud for some.
You simply must order a Margarita! The Cadillac is my all-time favorite and one, maybe two, are all you need for a fun night. Why go to a Mexican restaurant and order anything else!
Food is always terrific and consistent. For a little extra, you can order Habanero salsa to go with the complimentary chips. Don't fill up on the chips and salsa, as good as they are. You want room for your dinner!I usually get the fajita platter which is enough for a small family. We've tried many other dishes over the years. One of my favorites is the Chicken Mole. Fish tacos are another favorite. I don't think we've ever had dessert as we're always too full.
Skip Gilbert and head for Mesa!
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