We visited Mecates Mexican Grill while driving through Huntington, IN. It’s a typical Mexican restaurant offering burritos, enchiladas and tacos. As soon as we were seated we were greeted by our server with a basket of chips and a carafe of salsa.
We started with the Jalapeno Poppers starter. They were pretty big and plump. The appetizer menu also included cheese sticks and chicken tenders for anyone who isn’t interested in the Mexican selections. A little more chain restaurant-like than an authentic Mexican restaurant, but the poppers were pretty good.
There are plenty of options for Veggie Heads including potato enchiladas, spinach quesadillas and veggie fajitas. There is also a large menu of items with beef and chicken, including a Beef Burrito Gordo which one of my tablemates (a non-Vegetarian) ordered. It was one of the largest burritos I have ever seen!
I ordered one the Vegetarian platters. My plate had a potato burrito, a bean tostada and guacamole salad. I thought it was pretty good. The guacamole salad was a little disappointing. I am not sure what I was expecting but it was just a garnish of shredded lettuce and sliced tomato with a dollop of guacamole. Not sure if it was worthy of being advertised as a menu item on the platter. Maybe just stating “a side of guacamole” would have been enough.
The burrito was pretty good. It was filled with chunks of baked potato and red peppers and rolled up with creamy cheese in a flour tortilla.
Chad ordered the Veggie Burrito which was stuffed with mushrooms, spinach, onions, peppers and tomatoes, then topped with sauce and cheese. Though not as big as the Burrito Gordo, it was certainly filling with a side of refried beans and rice. He enjoyed it.
We enjoyed Mecates. It’s a great choice with its only competition for Mexican food coming from the Taco Bell across the street. Mecates is certainly steps above the fast food joint. However, like most casual Mexican restaurants, it is obvious that they use the microwave to heat and cook their food. The food was good, it wasn’t above and beyond. Still, Mecates is worth a visit again.