Mi Mexico closed its Grand Forks location on July 25, 2011 and I haven’t stopped missing it since. It took the long-vacant Hardee’s location at one of the busiest intersections in the state at Demers and Washington, so I don’t know how it didn’t survive.
Mi Mexico Closed
It was crazy popular when it opened in 2010 with cars spilling into the Leever’s lot. The restaurant featured hand-painted murals by artist Ezequiel Escobedo and colorful wood booths. I didn’t care for the harsh fluorescent lighting though.
Mi Mexico was my long-awaited alternative to the American-style Mexican food at Paradiso down the road just a few blocks. I know there are many fans of Paradiso out there, but it is nearly an insult to quality Mexican food.
News flash: red or green “gravy” and gooey yellow cheese topping almost every dish are not authentic Mexican ingredients. On that gravy, there’s really no flavor at all and it’s pretty nasty looking. It usually forms a film as it sits under the heat lamp.
Don’t get me started on Mexican Village.
But Mi Mexico was a shining light of authentic Mexican food. I’d go probably two or three times a month, salivating over the extremely flavorful (and pretty spicy) grilled jalapeños. I thought about trying to make them myself, but knew I would never be able to get the spice mixture the same. They were reason enough to come.
The menu was huge, filled with fajitas, chimichangas, quesadillas and more.
I remember I had the Especial Dinner that comes with a taco, tamale, enchilada, chile relleno, chalupa, rice and beans. It was enormous and really good. I didn’t much care for the relleno, though. I’ve had it at other places and found the Mi Mexico version lacking.
The Minot location is still open and if I’m ever there, I’ll definitely be going.
I hear from Reggie that El Metate in Crookston is very good. Check out his review. Hopefully I’ll get there soon.
I want to hear from you about your dining experiences at Mi Mexico or your rebuttal to my views on Paradiso.
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