My wife and I have been down to the Emerald Isle area many times. Every time we have tried a different Mexican restaurant hoping for one with a pleasant experience in both the culinary and experiential!
We finally hit the jackpot!
Mezcal Mexican Grill is a wonderful balance of pleasant surroundings, excellent food and an attentive and professional staff. When we were searching for Mexican food on TripAdvisor, there were many “hole-in-the-wall” options with outdoor eating. Yet none of the indoor restaurants we have tried were very modern or updated.
The interior of the dining room was pleasant, clean, comfortable and inviting. We were immediately greeted by an enthusiastic and personable staff member who was also our waitress. She listened so carefully to our likes and dislikes that she took the initiative to have the guacamole salsa put “on the side” since she knew I wasn’t fond of really spicy things—which I am not!
The food arrived quickly. We were immediately served with chips and salsa—two types: much spicier and a spicy sweet mango salsa—and this salsa is fantastic! The mango provided a sweetness to the salsa, yet it had a pleasantly warm and smoky finish which was delightful. The spicier salsa, while not my favorite, was very, very good! It was incredibly savory with a very strong presence of tomato and peppers. Hotter than the mango, yet exceptionally pleasant and will not burn your lips off! (Metaphorically speaking....)
Near the end of our visit I had the pleasure of speaking with Mike the manager (the way he helped everyone would also make me think he’s the owner as well). There aren’t many reviews of this place which is unfortunate. There are people who seek to write negative reviews in spite of having their concerns professionally addressed.
Mezcal Mexican Grill is a phenomenal establishment which is well-run and very well managed. This is by far one of the very best Mexican restaurants I’ve eaten at in many years!
It’s worth the time and very affordable!
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