A Trip Advisor review several years ago raved about the Costa Messa, with the caveat that you might have to wait in a line and that it was noisy because it was often crowded. Based on that review, we visited the restaurant. The occasional line is because the food and drinks are so good at very reasonable prices, and the noise is because everyone is having fun with a great meal and nightly visits by Mariachi bands. The mood is always festive. They have both Tex-Mex and true Mexican menu items. Their frozen house margaritas are the elixir of life. They serve chips with three salsas and vegetable soup with each meal. It is not a gourmet restaurant; just one of the best Tex-Mex restaurants I've ever been to. We dream about eating at Costa Messa before every trip to McAlllen. (We've been going for more than five years.) I only wish there was a Tex-Mex restaurant like this within 2 hours of Boston. Can't wait for my next visit in February 2015.
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