As mentioned in my (unfortunately negative) review of Burritoville, I prefer Mesa 14 when it comes to getting my Mexican food fix in the Concordia area. I figured this would be a good time to explain why.
Mesa 14 used to be called Mexicali Rosa’s (part of a Toronto-based chain of restaurants), but in 2003 it changed over to the independently owned Mesa 14. The menu seems, to me, to be very similar to the old Mexicali Rosa’s menu, though the Mesa 14 website says that they are committed to using the finest fresh ingredients and making their own salsas and sauces everyday. Indeed, their complimentary bowl of chips and salsa is quite delicious, with a lot of cilantro.
As I’m usually at Mesa 14 for lunch, it’s important to note that they offer a lunch menu that’s slightly cheaper than their evening menu, with about six of the options found on the regular menu. My favourite is the Bandera Mexicana, which features two enchiladas (one cheese, one chicken) with one side smothered in red sauce, the other in green and a stripe of sour cream down the middle. All of their dishes come with generous portions of Mexican rice and black refried beans (yum!), so they’re quite filling. My second favourite is the Burrito Barrio, which comes with different fillings to suit most tastebuds, including chicken, ground beef, shredded beef, pulled pork, shrimp or a vegetarian chili.
With two levels of dining and lounging areas, Mesa 14 also boasts a great space to relax, enjoy your food or drinks, and stay for as long as you like. I tend to end up here at least once a week, and the staff are always super welcoming and know the order for both my companion and I off by heart. It’s this kind of touch that endears the place to me, and the food is delicious, so obviously I keep coming back for more!
Mesa 14 may not be the cheapest eats in town, but their meals are always delicious and hearty, and the staff is very friendly. If you’re craving Mexican, this is the place to be, as they definitely won’t serve you leftovers the way they do at 3 Amigos (what do you think those 49-cent tacos are made out of, darling?), and they’ve got a fabulous martini menu for those that indulge!
ADDRESS: 1425 Bishop
HOURS: Mon-Thurs 11am-midnight, Fri-Sun 11am-3am