Mexicali Restaurant: Hey, Grandpa, What's for Supper?

Ladies!!!! If you're looking to hook up with an elderly man (or 12) wearing brand new orthopedic shoes, I've found the spot for you. No, I'm not talking about Walgreens or Babydolls, I'm talking about Mexicali Restaurant: This restaurant is total grandpa heaven. At 5:30 p.m., it's stunningly wrinkly. This is the kind of place where they open the door for you at the entrance—not because they're being nice, but because they're pretty sure you can't physically open it yourself. All your favorite geezer archetypes were there: Skinny Old Man Yelling At His Skinny Old Man Friend, Grandpa Overalls and Super Happy Old Dude With Crutches. Even Fuck You, I'll Glare At Whippersnappers If I Want I'm Probably 80 was there. I was so entertained, I can barely tell you what the inside of Mexicali looked like. I think there were chili peppers on the ceiling.

Did you know that old guys love enchiladas? I think on the night I went, Mexicali must have sold a thousand enchiladas. They were having a two enchiladas plus rice and beans for $4.95 special and the place was more full of enchiladas than I've ever seen El Fenix—even on Wednesday Enchilada Special Night. Oh, I see you judging me for knowing about the cheap enchilada Wednesdays at El Fenix. Do you see me flipping you the double bird?

Instead of enchiladas, I ordered the chicken chile relleno with rice and beans. It was $6.99, and it arrived at my table boiling-lava hot in about three seconds. Yay. Dear All Mexican Restaurants In General, please tell every other restaurant how to serve food at lightning speed. I don't care how you do it, just teach everyone else. Especially those dudes at Craft. I mean, seriously, Colicchio—how long does it take to braise a veal shank? At a Mexican restaurant, that shit would be cooked in four minutes, tops.

Location Info


Mexicali Restaurant

11277 E. NW Highway, Ste 148
Dallas, TX 75238

Category: Restaurant > Tex-Mex

Region: Northeast Dallas


Overalls count: 1 Old dudes to make out with: 1 million
Mexicali Restaurant 11277 E. Northwest Highway 214-341-9405

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The chile relleno was good. It could have been spicier (but serving something more bland was probably smart based on their general clientele). I rate the Pepe & Mito's relleno higher, but Mexicali's was still tasty. And seeing 50 old men scarf down enchiladas and margaritas like there's no tomorrow because "Hey, maybe there's really no fuckin' tomorrow, right?" made it all so completely worth it.

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I have to say I'm stumped. I've been going to this place, which is very near my house, for 20 years, and I have somehow missed the old geezers. I don't remember a single instance of a geezer cluster, much less what sounds like the highly amusing belligerant F-word slinging group you encountered. The closest to that I've seen were a table or two of middle-aged car salesmen types. Mostly it has been 30- and 40-somethings when I'm there. Oh, well, point is this place has really good tex-mex at really really good prices, and I agree that the main flaw is nothing is very spicy. Really, the only thing I want spicy is the salsa, and theirs is very tame. However, I don't like hot for hot's sake. I like a nice cilantro-y citrusy tangy salsa, and theirs is pretty much like blended canned tomatoes and really needs some lime and cilantro and a bit more peppers bad. The food is awesome though, chicken enchilas, cheese enchiladas, beef enchiladas, all better than average, and their crispy beef tacos are really well seasoned (as is the beef in the enchiladas -- no complaints there). The bean soup is really good -- and come to think of it, it's spicy sometimes.

Pat Boyack
Pat Boyack

Alice Laussade needs to stick to Yelp. Seriously.

W C Greene
W C Greene

Too bad the reviewer didn't stop at Mexicali during lunch time. Then, they would find sometimes standing room only, professionals, cops, firemen, and yes...even some old goats (when we go there). The Tex-Mex is great and the fajitas are some of the best in this town. And you should know that the old cats KNOW what's good. That's why they go there. Woodie C Greene


grew up eating at Mexicali... cheap, fast, and not too bad! The chimichanga w/ faj bf, smothered in queso is good and cheap.


I went to this place for the first time last weekend. The strip mall it is in looks really run down. Mexicali seems clean inside, the servers are super speedy but friendly, the food is tasty, and cheap.

I love that you can get the lunch menu on the weekends, and even after lunch time for $1 more. The chalupas were good with lots of veggies, and the beef fajitas were flavorful, though a little salty.

It also seems to be the Bethel Lutheran Church's cafeteria extension, which might have something else to do with the quantity of blue hairs Alice experienced.

Alice Laussade
Alice Laussade

There are firemen and old cats there at lunch?!?! Awesome! Will have to go back.