Azteca’s Mexican Grill Reviews

Duluth’s newest Mexican restaurant is in the Village Square Mall on Mountain Shadow Drive. Has anyone checked it out yet?

18 Comments

Mary

about 10 years ago

Yes, and their food is delicious--a real lot of flavor. Great service too.  I'd go again in a heartbeat.

Richard

about 10 years ago

Yup, good lunch specials. Like Mary said, great service. The food is decent as well, but I still prefer Maya's, just up the road.

Mary

about 10 years ago

There's a coupon in today's paper for 1/2 off a second meal.

Bill Meier

about 10 years ago

Excellent grub.  They cook their rice with fish stock.

Claire

about 10 years ago

Do they have fish tacos on the menu, does anyone know?

conrad

about 10 years ago

The rice isn't safe for vegans/vegetarians?  Have been excited to go but as a vegan I am very cautious now. Do they have a menu online?

Rio Rancho

about 10 years ago

Fish are the vegetables of the sea Conrad.

Jerome

about 10 years ago

I ate there recently.  The interior is nicely decorated, and the service was decent.

While the selections are 'authentic', the food presentation and quality is not impressive. You receive a puddle of soupy beans, a spread of rice, and then the typical indistinguishable entrees. A flat enchilada, or a 1 cm high relleno with no discernible texture. This place uses the real Mexican cheese, at least. That's a plus (no Cheez-whiz was present, unlike Mexico Lindo - though Lindo does at least have the high class white cheez-whiz). The plate lacked any sort of garnish or vegetable - most places put on some lettuce, tomato and onion at least, providing some texture. No such luck.

Salsa was adequate, chips were okay. Anyone with a tomato, garlic, and a jalepeno and food processor could make better salsa in like 3 minutes, but again, that's the same at all Mexican restaurants in Duluth.  I'd prefer that the bottled hot sauce on the table not be fluorescent green, but that's a tradition.

The menu is extensive, and in the 5 pages of variations on steak, ground beef, chicken and fish, it features very few meat free options. Nice to hear the rice is not vegetarian, because the menu also gives no indication of that. There's a lot of seafood on the menu. If you like Mexican seafood you might check it out. 

Food-wise, it's amazing that Duluth has 3-4 Mexican restaurants which all attain the same level of mediocrity. There's nothing to recommend this place over the Maya or Mexico Lindo.

Jerome

about 10 years ago

Oh, and my plate has some sort of sauce which had a noticeable herb or spice in it. It wasn't quite red or green chile sauce, nor was it mole - it wasn't even remotely spicy, but it had a flavor. Probably came out of a can, like the sauce at all the other restaurants in town (ever tried the canned Mexican chile sauce from the supermarket?). They do claim to have real chile verde and chile colorado, maybe those are good.

Question

about 10 years ago

No love for Lindo, eh Jerome?

It is by far better than anything else in town, why no love?

Rio Rancho

about 10 years ago

Mexico Lindo has upped the program since opening, and I believe is aiming a little higher lately. Also it has the best specials in town.  They pull out the stops for birthdays too, and some of the wait staff is best in town, too.

Claire

about 10 years ago

I like Lindo, they make good fish tacos.

Jerome

about 10 years ago

Mexico Lindo is alright.  All I complained about was the nacho cheese sauce on plates. That's something I'd expect to see in fast food.

This place is okay, too really. I'd eat there again. I'd just like to see a Mexican place in Duluth that takes food quality and preparation as seriously as you'd see in a typical non-Mexican restaurant. The places here in town are the equivalent of going to Green Mill and getting an Kraft single grill cheese sandwich with the crust cut off and oven french fries. The atmosphere outclasses the food.

Spectrum

about 10 years ago

Jerome-

Can you describe to us a Mexican restaurant you've eaten at (other than Little Angie's, which actually isn't authentic Mexican) that does not have white cheese sauce and embodies what you are looking for?

Just curious, because after living in Texas and eating at MANY Mexican family-owned establishments, I've found that Mexico Lindo is pretty similar to the standard offerings down there. Maya is similar, but I think has some regional variations.

Hate to say it, but "high class Mexican" is actually not the norm from what I have experienced down south. Family fare is. And actually, the white cheese dip is a staple at authentic Mexican restaurants, whether it fits your palate or not. It's EVERYWHERE along the Mexican border in family-owned Mexican restaurants.

Jerome

about 10 years ago

I lived in Arizona and Colorado for 23 years and never once at a sit-down restaurant that served nacho cheese sauce on top of a dinner plate. In a dish with chips, obviously - chile con queso  - but not in place of enchilada sauce  (green chile, red chile, mole, chile verde, colorado, whatever you'd like, just not nacho cheese). 

These restaurants are all 'similar' to normal Southwest/Tex-Mex restaurants, yes. But the food in quality and preparation values more resembles a take-out restaurant in NM, AZ or CO than it does a place where you sit down and pay $10-12 for a plate of food.

double barrell darrell

about 10 years ago

Lived in SoCal, Mom's from Arizona... agree with Jerome. I imagine it would be awful tough to stay in business serving exclusively authentic dishes this far norte. In order to keep the plates moving gotta serve the Tex-Mex taco bell casserole style stuff.

Jalapeno Express does come pretty close to L.A. taco stand fare and I hope they stick around.

Claire

about 10 years ago

Agree with double barrel darrell on that one. My favorite taco stands are all in LA and San Diego. Even the LA Convention Center had better tacos than any place here...

Ruthie

about 9 years ago

I was scrolling through the restaurant threads and found this one. Are they still open?  My husband loves good Mexican and if they are open I just may be able to talk him into going up to the mall.

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