Background--I spent 18 years in the Phoenix valley. My wife grew up there and spent over 25 years. We believe we know Mexican food.
Los Compadres offers something akin to Sonoran style Mexican. It's good and common in Arizona, but nearly impossible to find up north. So, Gillette Wyoming has a tiny little restaurant in an old fast-food building. And the best Mexican food we've found in Montana, Wyoming or South Dakota. That's impressive.
I can honestly say I had the best taco I've ever eaten. Let me tell you--generally, a taco is a taco. Not here. This one was shredded beef, simmered in a wonderful sauce and loaded into a shell with lots of cheese. Ask for an extra napkin. Or three. The enchilada was equally good, as was the chilie relleno. Spouse had the carne asada--again. She took the leftovers home.
We've stopped here three years in a row. Each time, we've arrived mid-afternoon and were heading home--another three hours. So, I have no idea if they offer beer or wine; certainly no mixed drinks. And still, it's the best Mexican meal we've enjoyed up here.
The service was friendly, the business was steady. As we left at 4:30 on a Sunday afternoon, there were four tables of customers, another waiting to be seated and two take-out bags ready to go. I can only imagine how busy it must be on a Friday or Saturday evening. The customers were primarily Hispanic--a pretty good indication of "authentic."
Drawbacks? It's small. The music was much too loud for us old folks and it wasn't the traditional mariachi, but what must be popular Mexican music. We didn't care for it, though I found myself tapping my toe as I left. It won't prevent our return.
This is one of the best Mexican meals I've eaten, the only better are 900 miles to the south.
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