Review: Mexico City GrillAuthor: EatHSE | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Fishers, IN
Mexico City Grill
11653 Fishers Station Dr.
Fishers, IN 46038
http://www.mexicocitygrill.com (same menu as Fishers location)
Mexico City Grill recently opened its newest location in the recently renovated Fishers Station Plaza at 116th St. and Allisonville Road. Fishers has several other Mexican restaurants within a mile of this location makingthe long term success of Mexico City Grill dependent on setting higher standard than its competition. Since I work nearby, I inquired about whether they plan to offer delivery at lunch and it is not currently part of their plan.
This location was previously a Mexican restaurant and the layout inside has change little from the previous owners. The décor is bright and busy in an attempt to create a festive environment but over the top for my taste. Having just opened, it was not very busy and the large staff provided quick service to the point I was asked if everything was okay about every five minutes. It will be interesting to see how the staff handles a full dining room and if the service remains top notch.
What I Got:
Chips/Salsa(free) and Guacamole ($4.99). You can usually tell a lot about a place by these three staples. The golden colored chips were freshly made and were some of the best I have had anywhere. The salsa was very runny to the point you could see water separating from the rest of the salsa making it a huge disappointment. The guacamole can be ordered for $4.99 or you can have it freshly made table side for $8.00. For $5.00, I was disappointed in the serving size, but the guacamole was the right mix of avocado chunks to its creaminess and is some of the best I have had anywhere.
Burrito del Campo ($9.50). A fresh flour tortilla wrapped around a combination of steak, chicken, shrimp, cheese sauce and rice. Topped with your choice of a green sauce or cheese sauce and fresh diced tomatoes. The steak and chicken were marinated and tender and the burrito included six large shrimp that were just a bit overcooked. I chose the green sauce and the combination of everything worked well together. The beans on the plate were standard fare but the rice was very dry and overdone. Overall, I enjoyed this burrito enough that I would order it again.
Enchiladas Con Crema ($8.99). With this choice, you get two enchiladas and my wife got one with chicken and the other with ground beef. They came topped with sour cream sauce and cheese, and were served with refried beans, rice, lettuce, avocado slices and sour cream. The sauce was make or break, and in this case, my wife was disappointed. Although I liked the seasoning combination in the sauce better than her, it did not work at all on the enchilada with ground beef but came off better with the chicken. Between the sour cream sauce and all of the other sour cream, it was a gloppy mess and both my wife and I would pass on this menu item in the future.
Kids Chicken Chimichanga ($4.99). The server forgot to put this in with the original order but had it out to use within a couple of minutes of us receiving our meal. The kid’s meal was large enough to feed both my three and four year old and came with a chimichanga that my wife liked more than her meal, beans and rice. The seasoning was simple for kids but overall good value. The kids menu had many other good options making Mexico City Grill a good family destination.
Would I Buy It Again? Yes. The service was excellent and the food was above average. Whenever I visit a restaurant in its first couple of days after being opened, I am always interested in seeing if the quality of food and service changes as they get busier or slower depending on first impressions. Overall, if I am choosing between Mexico City Grill based on my first impression and the nearby Riviera Maya in the downtown area of Fishers on 116th Street that I reviewed in May of 2010, Riviera Maya has a better environment inside, a full bar, equally good service, a better range of menu items and higher quality food with better flavor that make it the better choice of two Mexican Restaurants with similar menus and prices.