After a couple of hours at the nearby Arnold’s last Wednesday, a friend suggested that our group head to Taqueria Mercado for some food. At the time of our visit I had no idea that the restaurant was the subject of so many recent reviews, but my friends who had been before all praised it. We arrived around 8:30 to find only a couple of other occupied tables. We were quickly guided to a table between the bar area and the somewhat open kitchen. I had a run back to Arnold’s to retrieve a left item, and when I returned I had a fresh margarita waiting for me.


I wouldn’t say it was the best margarita I’ve had, but it was overall pretty good. Most of the salt on the rim had been washed away from the filled to top drink. You can even see some of it on the table from when the server set it down. Speaking of service, we had absolutely no problems, and found the experience to be really fast. I read other reviews complaining of slow service but that was not the case for us.

We started with some chips and salsa, which I really enjoyed. Unlike most other Mexican restaurants, the chips and salsa are not complimentary here, but they are worth spending the extra $1.50 for. The same tortillas that are used for most of the menu items are fried crisp and served with delicious salsa. Also available are three other bottled sauces that you may have to special request. The chips were thick and held up perfectly against all the sauces.

Two Enchiladas

All of the experienced friends in our group ordered tacos. However I wanted to try something different and decided on the enchiladas with chicken filling. However as you can see above, the enchiladas aren’t all that different from the tacos, at least not in appearance (minus the red sauce on top). It seemed that all the dishes are served with the same style of tortillas and differentiating between them can be difficult. With all of that said, I thought the enchiladas were very good. The red sauce on top had a nice amount of heat to it. The rice and beans also were not bad, though I did add a little extra sauce to my rice to spice it up.

Two Small Quesadillas

My wife went with two small quesadillas. Again see how these could easily be confused as tacos, especially since the easiest way to eat them was to pick them up just as you would a taco. My wife was not as happy with her choice and found the chicken to be dry. One of our friends warned us to this problem, as he has had the same experience before. Though I guess the sauce on my enchiladas helped to disguise the issue. Both of our meals were from the lunch combo menu, which can be ordered for dinner for an extra fifty cents. Each of these plates of food was only $6, so it’s not a bad deal at all.

The others in our party all seemed very happy with their tacos. I definitely want to give those a try sometime in the future, maybe even skipping chicken and getting the al pastor (pork) or carnitas (fried pork). I’m sure my wife will do the same, as each of those choices seem to get better reviews than the chicken that we had on this visit. As far as Mexican food goes it is the best we’ve had in the last few months.

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4 Responses to “Taqueria Mercado”
  1. Corey says:

    mmmmm one of my favorite Mexican places. I too get the tacos and I usually get the al pastor and the suadero … both are very good. I also stay away from their dry chicken, it seems to be pretty common amongst Mexican joints (minus Nada).

    It was awhile ago, but I did review this place too:

    Looks like I only reviewed my first time there (which isn’t always the bets thing to do hahaha) and I got a burrito which I haven’t had since that first time.

    • edpaffjr says:

      I read your review while putting mine together. Kim and I were just commenting that we need to give Nada a try soon.

      • Corey says:

        Nada is real good … best Chicken tacos I have had form any Mexican restaurant … it is actually juicy and whatever the cheese is they use is awesome. I am a little sad that they changed up their fish tacos … they use to be awesome, and now they are still good, but it was a step backwards. They offer two different kinds of fish tacos now, which I am sure is nice for some. But if I go back I’ll stick with my chicken tacos since they changed the fish.

        Joanna loves the place, so it might be a good time to try and get babysitters and go have dinner down there sometime.

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