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“El Meson Hamilton Place--a great big no!” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Meson Restaurante Mexicano

El Meson Restaurante Mexicano
Ranked #507 of 822 Restaurants in Chattanooga
Price range: US$5 - US$15
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Many years ago, in the state of Jalisco in Mexico, the land was dotted with farms growing the blue agave plant-the plant crucial for making tequila. There were inns scattered among the farms, inns that had stables, restaurants, bars, and were a place where the workers from the farms would come together, a place where they could be comfortable together. That comfort-that togetherness-was exactly what the Ruiz's were aiming for when they opened El Meson Restaurante Mexicano over twenty years ago at Hamilton Place. In early 2009, a second El Meson Restaurante Mexicano opened in Hixson. The new restaurant is at 248 Northgate Mall Dr., Suite 114 in the Northgate Mall area and seats approximately 250 people. It too, hearkens back to the comfortable atmosphere and family cooking that have made the original such a favorite.
Falmouth, Massachusetts
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“El Meson Hamilton Place--a great big no!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

We usually go to El Meson in Hixson, which has good service and good food. Because we were in the Hamilton Mall area, we decided to try that one. Awful! Soggy tostadas for my husband. Soggy enchiladas for me. The waiter failed to ask me what kind of sauce I wanted on my enchiladas (I had a spinach, a beef, and a cheese), and I ended up with red sauce on everything (would have preferred white on the spinach enchilada). Not enough to complain about, but a symptom of only average service.

I was also disappointed with my margarita. Forgot to say "frozen," and, again, the waiter didn't ask. Another symptom. As a result I was served one on the rocks. I did, however, ask for lots of salt. Got a drink with lots of ice cubes and almost no salt.

When I asked for mango salsa in addition to the regular one they offer, the waiter did suggest that we also try the tomatillo salsa. That's a point in his favor.

On the way out, I stopped at the ladies' room. Filthy! My husband and I always order the same things, so we can make a good comparison of the two restaurants. Will stick to the Hixson site from now on--where the service is better, the food is fresher, and the restrooms are cleaner!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Memphis, Tennessee
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74 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

This was a very good place for dinner. The margaritas were very good, and the food was great too. There were plenty of choices. The server was pleasant, efficient, and knowledgeable. We had some questions about menu items and she was able to offer suggestions. The decor was very colorful. Food is reasonably priced, and you won't be disappointed.

Visited April 2014
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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58 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“1st and Last Visit”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

Our first time at this place and it will be the last. I ordered the Chili Verde and Posole which I hadn't found in Chattanooga. The Posole had so much vinegar in it that I coudn't eat it. The Chili Verde was less than satisfactory as well. Rather than cooking the pork in a green tomatillo stew, they placed the pork chunks on the plate and partially covered it with a green tomatillo sauce. I strongly suspect that the sauce was the same that they would serve as salsa with chips. Coming from the southwest and the west coast, I was sorely disappointed with the food at this place. (Hamilton Mall area). I know that anyone could get better food on in the southwest or west coast from a Mexican food truck.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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174 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Great margaritas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

We stopped by after a doctor's appointment because we had a coupon. It was happy hour so we started with margaritas. Excellent choice! The white cheese dip and salso were both excellent. My husband had the shrimp fajitas and I had the shrimp burritos. Both were great meals with plenty of food. The atmosphere is interesting; a little different than your designed-style Mexican restaurant; felt realistic. Since we were there early, there were very few other diners. Our service was excellent. We highly recommend this one if you're looking for Mexican.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best Mexican Restaurant in Chattanooga”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014 via mobile

My meal was perfection. The drinks were exotic. I am recommending my sister hire El Meson to cater her wedding reception.

Visited March 2014
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