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“Bland food and don't ask for more salsa”
Review of Mexico City

Mexico City
Ranked #6 of 42 Restaurants in Madras
Cuisines: Mexican
Description: located next to the Best Western Motel
Restaurant details
Description: located next to the Best Western Motel
Oregon
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Bland food and don't ask for more salsa”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

I’ve seen some good reviews of this restaurant. It’s always interesting to read a review of a restaurant that is so vastly different from our own experience.

We frequently drive through Madras, Oregon, and we recently decided to try Mexican food there at Mexico City. We arrived on a weekday about halfway through the lunch hour. There was one person leaving when we got there and two people seated in the dining room, just getting ready to leave. There were no other customers in the restaurant, nor did any others arrive while we were there. The décor was pleasantly south-of-the-border, and the waiter was friendly. We were seated and given menus. We waited some length of time to get the waiter’s attention so that we could order 2 combination lunches, which were priced at $9.95 each. After ordering, we were given chips and salsa. This is not an exaggeration: the salsa, which was flavorful but watery, came in a tiny little bowl only partially filled - it couldn't have been more than about 2 ounces – probably 4 tablespoons or less! I asked about getting more salsa and was told by the waiter than salsa was 75 cents per additional bowl, and he stressed that “it says that in the menu”. We said OK. Another tiny bowl of salsa came, and we quickly finished that one as well. I asked the waiter if there was a charge for additional chips, and he said yes, and although we were willing to take his word for it, he brought over a menu to show us exactly where that information was located, and then he proceeded to tell us a very long story about someone who had ordered several extra salsas thinking there was no charge and then didn’t have enough money to pay for his meal, and so it had come out of the waiter’s paycheck, thus illustrating the havoc that can be wrought by greedy people expecting extra salsa for nothing. We ended up ordering more chips and a third tiny bowl of salsa while we waited for our food.

When the food finally arrived, it was quite bland. The rice was mushy and overcooked and appeared to be instant rice to which some bright orange color had been added . The cheese enchilada was small, fairly flavorless, and had very little cheese in it – it honestly took me a moment to realize that it was an enchilada. The chile relleno also had very little cheese and was battered in a thick, dry coating with a small bit of sauce on top that tasted like canned tomato soup. The refried beans, in their favor, were just fine. The waiter brought a jar of El Tapatio hot sauce to our table since I suppose it was clear that they weren’t going to get another seventy-five cents out of us for 2 more ounces of salsa.

No one checked back with us during the meal to see how everything was, and we finally gave up waiting to see the waiter again so that we could ask for the check, so we walked to the register. Once again, the waiter was quite pleasant, and he offered us sopaipillas, which we declined since by then we had long since finished eating and were on our way out.

There is virtually nothing that would compel us to ever go back to this restaurant again.

  • Visited September 2013
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English first
Southport, NC
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Not what we expected based on the reviews,”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

We decided to try Mexico City Restaurant based on the reviews here on tripadvisor, We didn't see it. The Salsa had no taste or spice to it. The chips were very thick, not what we are used too. We both ordered the Fajita's. My wife has chicken, I had beef. Her chicken was thin and seemed overcooked. My beef Fajitas were bland and had no spice to it. The beef seemed to be more like scraps (small pieces) than beef strips. The onions were very undercooked on both plates. My rice was a overcooked mush. Side dishes seemed high priced. The interior was clean but old looking. The people were nice but it didn't make up for the food.
We won't be going back and don't recommend it.

  • Visited September 2013
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Portland
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Service, Service, Service”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

Were staying at the Best Western next door. Asked if there was a good restaurant/lounge nearby. They directed us to Mexico City and were were SO pleasantly surprised.

We were greeted by Jorge, our server. Perhaps the most enthusiastic, attentive, gracious server I've ever experienced. He knew every detail of the menu and history of the restaurant. Had wonderful stories about the area.

The drinks were strong - nothing watered down here, (they actually brought the bottle to the table so we could see that we were being given full shots in our drinks - they poured the extra full shots in at our table), the food was wonderful, and the family feel of the restaurant made the whole experience come together. The rest of the staff was also friendly and attentive.

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, and probably stayed around for an hour longer that we normally would have, just to keep talking with Jorge. In fact, after the girls (myself included) went back to our rooms, the boys went back for a nightcap and more conversation with Jorge.

If we owned a restaurant, we'd go back and steal him away for ourselves.

Visited July 2013
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Colbert, WA
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Nice family place”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

Very friendly greeting and welcome, and the family was involved from seating to serving and cleaning. The smile were genuine. Having grown up in a strong Hispanic community, it was a treat to step into this family's restaurant and hear one of the sweetest languages again. The food was very good with large portions and on my next trip through Oregon, Mexico City is on my places to stop. As we we leaving, a birthday party was arriving with flowers, cake and decorations-- very nice!

  • Visited July 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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“Best food this side of Mexico.”
Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

The service is the best you can ask for just like family. And the food amazing. Ask your staff to make you up something different and you won't be disappointed. The price can't be beat.

  • Visited April 2013
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