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Little Mexico

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1808 Broadway Ave, Mattoon, IL 61938-3806
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love the house sauce and they have some of the best salsa ever! It is not traditional Mexican buthe we love it!

Thank Tina O
St. Louis
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I dined here about 6-7 years ago and thought it was awful. I had the opportunity to try it again this week (as someone's guest) and was assured that it had improved since then. Sadly, it had not. While it was nice that we were served both a hot and a milder salsa with our chips, both... More 

Thank MO_Girl_STL
Mattoon, Illinois
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

This is the worst Mexican food my husband and I have ever had. The atmosphere is great, but the food is terrible. If you want good Mexican food, go to El Vaquero instead.

Thank Sophie61815
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

The service was okay. The salsa was brought to the table, 10 minutes after the chips, in a water bottle still chilled I had to dig it out with spoon. The enchiladas were like cardboard, the taco was okay, but I have never had refried beans like that, they looked like they were mixed with old Bar B Que sauce... More 

Thank Steve R
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

This is definitely not authentic Mexican food. The tacos had American cheese on them. Even leaving that aside, the food was all bland. I'm pretty sure the beans were from a can and the queso was Tostitos brand from a jar. Service was also sub par. Great atmosphere though!

Thank Ashley M
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91 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

The last couple times we've tried Little Mexico, we've been very disappointed. Flavorless food in a weird Italian street cafe atmosphere. The only reason we went back was for a free meal, and we're still disappointed. Go to El Vaquero, Tacos Amigos or even Don Sol instead.

Thank JSI2802
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54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

I have been a "Little Mexico" patron and sorry to say that it has went down hill. The plate I got looked like I threw up on it. Nothing but sauces and dried out beans. The building is still beautiful but they need to refocus on the food and presentation. SMH.

Thank Marty W
Charleston, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed 16 April 2016

The service and food has improved since our last visit, food was great and service was quick. This has always been a favorite of ours. Good to see it is improving.

Thank nikk12016
Altamont, Illinois
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2015

Not the same little Mexico! I grew up eating at Little Mexico and even worked at the old location. Every time we are back in Mattoon we make it a point to eat there at least once during our visit. The food has always been good and so was the service....Not so anymore! Today was my first time back at... More 

Casey, Illinois
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99 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Have eaten there with large groups and with just a few people and each time the wait staff is good but the food is never the same. Sometimes the place is a mess and other times very clean.

Thank 2Colorado2013

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1808 Broadway Ave, Mattoon, IL 61938-3806
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Mattoon

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?