4424 Dunbar Street, Vancouver, BC, V6S 2G5
Plane tickets too expensive? Escape to Mexicali instead, an affordable and festive taste of Mexico in the Dunbar neighbourhood.
|Cuisine Type |||Fast Food, Mexican, Tex-Mex|
|Meals Served |||Light Meals/Snacks, Lunch, Dinner|
|Amenities |||No Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Counter & Bar Service|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, Visa, Cash|
|Cross Street |||28th Street, southeast corner|
|Monday to Saturday 11:30AM to 8:30PM, closed on Sunday|
Profile Last Updated: March 15, 2007
Mexicali is a humble joint that serves cheap and good food from way south of the border. It is a good alternative to fast food restaurants as its spotless interiors, sturdy tables and chairs, and especially its thoughtful décor, elevates the small space into more than just a hole-in-the-wall eatery. Order your food at the counter up front and grab a seat. Dishes are normally served mild; if you like it fiery, tell the server. The restaurant is also happy to accommodate low-fat, low-sodium, gluten-free and other diners with specific dietary requirements.
The restaurant uses fresh ingredients and avoids MSG. Some of the items on the menu include tamale lunch, enchiladas made with chicken, beef and shrimp, beef quesadillas and the requisite tacos and burritos. The chicken quesadilla combo and spicy beef redondas come highly recommended. More adventurous eaters can try the smoked salmon quesadilla for a twist on west coast cuisine. Sides of beans and rice are generous and combos are served with mexi-fries and drinks. No alcohol here so if you're thirsty for a Corona order a slushy lemonade or a virgin margarita served in big glasses instead!
Welcome to Mexicali
The eye-catching sign spells out “Mexicali” in bright red and green letters and a cactus-shaped sandwich board stands in greeting on the sidewalk, beckoning to the passing pedestrian. A sign proclaims: “Not a fancy place but a friendly place.” Inside is a tropical haven with upbeat Spanish music, sombreros on walls, ivy trellises, and a guitar propped in a corner. A mural of a tropical sunset in shades of black, bronze and orange, complete with silhouetted palm trees and waves lapping on a beach, completes the escapist mood.