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“Real Mexican food. Yum.”

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La Macarena Restaurant
Ranked #907 of 1,421 Restaurants in Salt Lake City
Cuisines: Mexican
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Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

Driven by many times, finally got to stop in. It seems to be a very authentic restaurant menu-wise.
The menu is mostly written in Spanish, enough English to know your options, but no descriptions in English (there might not have been much description in Spanish either, unsure).
We ordered chicken fajitas and another dish, pulpo veracruz. It is refreshing to hear your food being prepped, and cooked. My fajitas sizzled probably more than they have at any restaurant. It was different mix than I am used to, mild jalapenos, tomatoes, zucchini, potatoes, onion, chicken and what I'm assuming was pickled cactus. It was yummy, it came with a grilled jalapeno and green onion, and with cheese slices melting atop it all. Also a side of beans (yum!) and rice. Would definitely order it again. My husband ordered the pulpo Veracruz. (husband writing now) The Veracruz was unlike anything I have had at any other Mexican restaurant, and with the way that this place felt my immediate reaction was, "Ah HA! So this is what Mexican food tastes like." Of course not meaning it all tastes the same. Just that with all of the other Mexican restaurants I have eaten at, here in America, they all tasted, well, Americanized. There was nothing unique ringing or even hinting through. The entree was different and delicious. I also had a glass of horchata. I have always enjoyed the drink. Now a cup or glass of it from anywhere else will feel cheap. I am pretty sure threat it is made from scratch at La Macarena, fabulous.
The service wasn't unfriendly, we felt like customers. Which is fine, you don't need to have great rapport with every waiter (but we did lower the service rating for it, as I felt unsure asking questions about the menu because of it).
Overall a good experience, and we will be eating there again. If you are looking for it, it is tucked in the back across from Spoons and Spice.

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

This is one of our two favorite Mexican restaurants in SLC. Family run. Varied menu, but all of it is genuine. The sopas (soups) are superb, especially with fish. All of their seafood is fresh. I particularly like the grilled tilapia (the whole thing!). Daily specials. Beer and soft drinks. We have never had a bad meal or experience at La Macarena.

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Reviewed March 4, 2012

You will know your in a real Mexican restaurant. I really like the seafood dishes. Good service and food tastes fresh cooked to order. Been here last two annual ski trips and I will dine here again next trip to SLC.

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Reviewed July 6, 2010

We decided to try this restaurant even though they had mixed reviews. The service was very slow even though the restaurant was almost empty. The waitress and the cook were too busy watching TV to pay much attention to the customers I guess. The food tasted alright but I wasn't feeling too well by the time I went to bed and then woke up in the middle of the night and threw up everything I had eaten. I had no fever and wasn't sick from a virus so I can only conclude it was the food i had for dinner. My husband didn't throw up but he didn't want to eat anything for the next 36 hours!

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Reviewed March 1, 2014
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