Well, that’s what happened to my husband and I the other day. We just happened to be in Toronto shopping, and just happened to know exactly where we wanted to go for lunch. The pizzaria we were headed for just happened to be closed (or more precisely, not opened yet), and across the street from the pizzaria just happened to be Mariachi’s Mexican Restaurant. Across the street we walk, and into the restaurant on what just happened to be Cinco de Mayo.
I knew we were in for a GREAT meal when we walked by their open kitchen, and every cook was Mexican. Our hostess, waitress and the owner – you guessed it – Mexican!
I don’t give out recommendations lightly – so trust me when I say, this was the BEST Mexican food I have ever had!! So clean, fresh, and authentic!
A great restaurant experience for me is made up of three key things:
CHECK CHECK and CHECK!
Mariachi’s has all three!
Since it was Cinco de Mayo, our server handed us a copy of a brief history of what Cinco de Mayo was. I honestly, didn’t know anything about it other than it was a Mexican festival. The atmosphere was very casual, relaxed and authentic. Although a little dark, it took literally minutes for us to feel like we’d been transported to Mexico and were sitting in a little hideaway off some cobblestone street. I just wish I was wearing flip flops to finish that “on vacation” feeling!
Service was warm, friendly and perfectly attentive.
I had a margarita (OMG – seriously the BEST I’ve EVER had!!) along with made to order guacomole and homemade chips. The guacomole comes still in it’s mortar and pessel, so you can make it creamier if you wish. Hot sauce on the side.
Everything on the menu is made mild, unless you ask for it to be spiced up. A kindness to our (lame ah-hem) North American pallets.
Our lunch came to just under 40.00 with tax and tip. Excelente!!
If you love or even like Mexican food, Mariachi’s is totally worth the drive into Toronto!! I can’t wait to go back and take my kids!