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“Despos-Fresh Mexican Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Desperado's

Desperado's
Ranked #7 of 79 Restaurants in Ketchum
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Voted "Valleys Best Mexican" again in 2013! "We create authentic, delicious Mexican dishes that respect your desires for a healthy meal without compromising flavor. Offering fresh ingredients (locally sourced when available), high quality, regionally sourced meats, daily specials, vegetarian selections, and 3 kinds of salsa made daily. We use non-hydrogenated oil with a dedicated chip fryer. Owner/Manager Jim Funk started Despo's in 1983. Specials every day, Wednesdays you can count on Texas Tacos. Celebrate Meatless Margarita Monday every week with 20% off all Veggie menu items and 20% off Margaritas!
Wichita, Kansas
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12 reviews
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“Despos-Fresh Mexican Food”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

While on a recent trip to Sun Valley, we decided to tour the nearby town of Ketchum to get something for lunch. While walking around we came across a sidewalk sign advertising fish tacos which we both love. We were not disappointed. They were delicious! We ordered charbroiled shrimp tacos, mahi mahi tacos and a salad. They also brought out salsa and homemade pico de gallo that I added to my tacos. Yum! We skipped the chips and salsa as we're watching our calories so appreciated being able to find something light, healthy AND delicious! Reasonable prices and decent service...We highly recommend this restaurant!

  • Visited March 2013
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James F, Owner at Desperado's, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
We sure appreciate your wonderful recommendation! Glad you noticed our sidewalk sign and so happy you decided to give Despo's a try. Thank you so much for taking time to post your review and we look forward to serving you again next time you're in Sun Valley!
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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87 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Average Mexican Food”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

This place is easy to find good things to eat. The food isn't exactly authentic Mexican....but some people just aren't really that adventurous. If you want to eat food with no surprises, then this is the place. Lots of tourists as it's close to the ski resorts. The selection of 3 salsas along with the chips at the beginning of the meal was excellent. This place is above Fast Food Mexican, but lacks some flavor and authenticity.

  • Visited February 2013
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James F, Owner at Desperado's, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Thank you for taking time to review Despo's! We appreciate your opinion and would love to know what you ordered so we can step it up. Would you mind contacting me via email - despos@cox-internet.com, or phone 208 726-3068. We are happy for this opportunity to take things up a notch and your input will certainly help us achieve that. Jim Funk, Owner.
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Houston, Texas
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“The Best Mexican in SV”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

Our family have been fans of Despo's for years. The service is always great, fast and friendly. Jim's salsa is the best worldwide, and its great that you can pick it up at the local grocery markets. Menu highlights are pollo burrito, Richard's burrito, and KMT salad.

  • Visited December 2012
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James F, Owner at Desperado's, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Thank you so much for posting your review. I am delighted you enjoy Despo's and incredibly grateful for your glowing review. Thanks too for mentioning your favorites! We look forward to seeing you again.
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Mercer Island, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Best Mexican food just about anywhere”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Now called Despos, this small restaurant is just about perfect for good Mexican food. The portions are generous, the service excellent, and unlike so many restaurants in the Sun Valley region, the prices are very affordable. The restaurant has a friendly atomosphere. We felt instantly at home. What more could we ask?

  • Visited January 2013
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James F, Owner at Desperado's, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
We are so pleased you enjoy Despo's, and that you posted such a great review. We look forward to serving you again and again. Muchas Gracias!!
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Portland, Oregon
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“Affordable Excellence in a town begging for some”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

Coming here for YEARS, not super long on atmosphere (come on Despo's, warm the place up a bit, so stark!) , but the food is outstanding and still a good value. SV/Ketchum is shedding reasonably priced restaurants every year, glad to see one of the stalwarts persevere and continue to be consistent year after year

  • Visited December 2012
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James F, Owner at Desperado's, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
We certainly appreciate your being a long time Despo's customer and are extremely grateful for your glowing review. I would love to "warm" up Despo's dining room appearance - it's always near the top of my list, and just when I think I can swing it, kitchen upgrades and planet friendly improvement opportunities take precedence. Not to mention the economic challenges of operating a small business in a resort town these days. Until we can get to that, please be assured we offer you a warm welcome always!
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