Authenticity and hard work drive success at Mexico Restaurant

by Charles Womack

As soon as I opened my car door, the enticing smell hit my nose and I looked at my lunch date. Her neck tilted back and her nose rose slowly into the air. She was experiencing the same aromatic utopia. Quickly grabbing her stylish brown jacket, she looked at me, smiled and said, “Something smells good!” I patted my growling tummy and agreed with a wink and a nod.

With our intentions aligned, we sized up the authentic Mexican cantina- style building, admired the Mexico Restaurant logo with it’s slightly tilted margarita graphic and approached the entrance.

Walking into the 4800 W. Market St., Greensboro location we were warmly welcomed and promptly shown to our booth. My lunch date, better half, and wife, Gracie – she’s three times a lady – was immediately attracted to the brightly colored, hand-carved tables, chairs and booth backs.

“Wow, those are nice,” she says. “I wonder where they got them?” Her answer would come soon enough, but the sliding of a warm basket of fresh, homemade tortilla chips and salsa distracted her curiosity.

I like what these guys do here, rather than a single bowl of salsa that must be shared, dipped and re-dipped by the entire table, Mexico Restaurant brings you each your own empty bowl and your own small bottle of their homemade salsa.

The salsa comes out chilled and at first taste starts off sweet, before a kick of slight heat works thru your taste buds.

In between munching on chips, we opt for an order of “Nachos Beef” as an appetizer. My wife’s margarita arrived as did the big, hot plate of Nachos. The beef is spicy and flavorful with nice melted cheese and is very good, but we started to slow and only got about half way thru the dish before our main orders were set before us.

Both our mouths opened and we gave each other the look of, “Wow, that’s a lot of food.”

As I wanted to get a full range taste experience that would allow me to understand more of what makes Mexico Restaurant special, I choose the “Mexico’s Sampler” for $12.50. The sampler features a Chalupa, a chile relleno, a burrito, an enchilada, a taco, and rice and beans. Loosen your belts people, it’s filling. I know what you’re thinking, though: No I could NOT eat it all, but I did try it all.

As we were eating, my wife still wanted to know about the furniture and flagged down Ricardo Aguirre, manager for the Mexico Restaurant for 16 years.

“It was all imported from Guadalajara, Mexico,” Aguirre says. “People really like it and comment about it very often.”

When we invite him to sit, he tells us that Mexico Restaurant is a family business, owned by three families since 1988. “We all work very hard and make sure that everything we serve is as fresh as possible,” he explains. “We do not buy any precooked or prepackaged items. We cut all our meats and even hand cut our tortilla chips and make our own salsa. Our margarita’s are also made from scratch. We do not use a pre-mix at all.” !


Mexico Restaurant has two locations in Greensboro: 4800 W. Market Street and 2307 Fleming Rd. Hours are 11am-10pm seven days a week.