(Last Updated 8/25/2023) Description and review of Mesa Mercado, an upscale Mexican restaurant located in the Milagro Centre in Carmichael, CA. NEW: See Mesa Mercado Revisited below.
A friend and I recently enjoyed weekday lunch at Mesa Mercado. The restaurant is owned by Ernesto Delgado, who also owns two popular restaurants in Downtown Sacramento – Mayahuel and La Cosecha.
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A Bit About Mesa Mercado
The restaurant is situated adjacent to the large outdoor food court/common dining area for which Milagro Centre is known.
We were immediately greeted when we entered the restaurant. I took a quick look around and was struck by the colorful décor. On top of that, the restaurant was all decked out for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Dia de los Muertos this year starts Sunday, October 31 and ends Tuesday, November 2.
Mesa Mercado has a very open feel, in part because the interior does not have walls enclosing each of restaurants. For example, one could enter GB Gelato from its door on the common area or just stroll over from inside Mesa Mercado.
In response to our request to sit outside, we were led to the patio in the front of the restaurant. The (long) patio is good-sized, and has a long table with benches on one end that looked big enough to seat a party of 8-10.
Note: Mesa Mercado adds a 3% Kitchen Appreciation fee to the bill that goes directly to the kitchen staff.
Mesa Mercado Menu & Review
After seating us and providing us with menus, our waitress brought us both water and a small complimentary bowl of mangoes sprinkled with chili powder.
The menu at Mesa Mercado offers a variety of authentic Mexican dishes, and I had a hard time deciding what to order. I did not, however, have a hard time deciding to order a Fruit Sangria ($9), which I enjoyed.
While we were looking over the menu, we munched on the My Guacamole and tortilla chips ($9.99). The menu states that the My Guacamole is served “deconstructed” – but ours was not. It did, however, contain whole sprigs of cilantro (stems and all) which I thought a bit strange.
My friend ordered the Tamal and Enchilada Combo (pork filled tamal(e) topped with mole sauce and green tomatillo chicken enchilada served with rice and beans) ($15.95).
The Fish Tacos (wild Alaskan Cod, beer battered, lightly fried, topped with cabbage, tomatoes, cilantro and aioli chipotle garlic sauce) ($14.95) were my choice.
It was not long before our lunch was served. The tamal and enchilada were said to be tasty, and my friend remarked that the meal would be both lunch and dinner for her as she finished her meal.
My two fish tacos were served on blue corn tortillas, and they were accompanied with both rice and beans which was unexpected. There was more batter on the fish than I would have liked, but each taco had two good-sized portions of cod. The blue corn tortillas were sturdy and held up nicely until the last bite. I was happy to take my second taco home for dinner that evening.
Mesa Mercado Revisited
(8/25/2023) Two friends and I recently enjoyed a mid-week lunch at Mesa Mercado.
We were seated on the outdoor (covered) patio, and it was very comfortable despite it being a bit warm out. They had brought their canine companion along, while I left Mickey at home as he was under the weather.
I again ordered the sangria ($11), as I had enjoyed it there previously. Both of my friends order margaritas ($11.50 – $13.30).
Our waiter was very friendly and efficient. He brought the dog both water with a bit of ice in it and a dog biscuit.
To start we ordered the My Guacamole & Chips ($12). Unlike the previous visit, this time the guacamole was indeed served “deconstructed” as advertised on the menu. One friend undertook the task of preparing the guacamole while we continued to looked over the menu.
My friends both ordered the Tamal and Enchilada Combo, while I settled on the Lunch Special – One Item Chicken Enchilada Combo Plate ($13).
We all enjoyed our beverages, and both friends highly praised the Mesa Mercado mole sauce again as being the best they had discovered in Sacramento to date.
I enjoyed my lunch as well, very glad that I ordered the one item combo plate, as the two item combo plate would have been too much.
Another enjoyable experience to be sure. I don’t think you can go wrong dining at Mesa Mercado.
To Sum Up
Mesa Mercado’s menu offers something for everyone – meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans in an attractive setting.
Mesa Mercado Snapshot (as of 8/25/2023):
- 6241 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael, CA 95608
- (916) 283-4081
- Closed Monday; Tuesday – Thursday (11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.); Friday & Saturday (11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.); Sunday (11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
- Large (shared) parking lot
- Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly
- Outdoor patio (dog friendly)
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