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Mario's De La Mesa

We have eaten many meals at Mario’s De La Mesa. They have been in business in La Mesa for 25 years. Many people remember when they were a little hole in the wall place in the industrial area. They were there for 15 years, and now it's been 10 years in the new location.


Patio dining


We had lunch there today and it was delicious as usual. Stan is hooked on the pork mole. I’m not that crazy about it, I pick up beef gravy undertones. I’m sure it’s just me as he doesn’t taste that at all and honestly, his taste buds are more refined than mine.
I really like the carnitas but today I was in a taco mood.
They have combination plates that offer smaller portions, it’s nice to be able to get a plate with just one taco or an enchilada with rice and beans.  They have a great menu.


We each had a Negra Modelo. Chips and salsa with a little life in it are served when you are seated.


I ordered the taco plate with one taco, rice and beans. I love it when the taco goes “crunch” when you bite into it. The beans are worth living for good, and they have a hint of smokey chipotle. I took the guacamole off the taco before eating it, it could have had a little more beef but the flavor was spot on.
I like is their use of the dry Mexican cheese Queso Seco?, and the radish and carrot garnishes.


Stan had the pork mole, all beans no rice. 


sprinkled with sesame seeds


During the Christmas season be sure and put in your Christmas tamale order, they are very, very popular.

Their tamales are legendary. I’ll give them another shot. The first time around I wasn’t very pleased but thousands of people can’t be wrong, I’ll try them again.
Mario's De La Mesa
8425 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa CA. 91941
(619) 461-9390