Bad Mexicali | Daily Prompt: Never Again

Have you ever gone to a new place or tried a new experience and thought to yourself, “I’m never doing that again!” Tell us about it.

We were on the hunt.

Jake and I just met up with a few of our friends and were looking for somewhere to have dinner. We began mentally ticking down the restaurants we’ve dined in, which were mostly Italian and Japanese. We were looking out for something we haven’t tried before.

That was when we spotted Mexicali.

Mexicali did not have any customers when we passed by. And that was a welcome sight because the mall was holding an otaku convention and there were more people than usual. So we thought, “Why not?”

One waitress got our order. The food was served by a waiter. And after the token pictures, we were ready to dig in. But I never got far with mine. The chicken burrito tasted really flat. I think they confused a toy as real meat and that was what ended up in the burrito. As for the vegetables, it’s like they were left under the sun for too long that their entire flavor was seared out of them. So I tried the nachos. It was crunchy alright. But week-old biscuits had more kick in them than those. And the salsa? It couldn’t make the dead dance. And I don’t think zombies would touch even with a 10-foot pole.

Something saved the dinner from being a total disaster: the vegetable quesadilla and the butterscotch pie. They were passable enough—more than the others—but, sadly, not memorable to stand out.

And, no, I wasn’t the only one complaining about it. Another customer, a woman who sat three tables away from us, also complained how awful the food tasted. She was more vocal than the two of us. Guess that’s why I pitied the crew. But only for so long because, whenever I saw what we ordered, I could only empathize with the other customer.

One week after that experience, we tried Army Navy. And that was a better burrito experience!

It may have been years now since we ate at Mexicali but—after such a meal—it’s going to take a lot to change my mind about eating there. You could heap praises on their food. You could give it to me for free. But I’d still decline. I will always decline.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. sheenmeem says:

    I think one experience is enough.


    1. Mati Serrano says:

      Once is enough indeed!


  2. Mati, when Infirst read the title I thought, “hey Mati’s been here!?” Mexicali is the name of my home town! Mexicali is “famous” for its cold beers and its chinese food, we have a significant chinese inmigrant community and most have restaurants, so people say it is the best in my country (my family and I don’t really like it, though) so I jumped to the conclusion that you had been here and tasted the chinese food… But that’s not at all what happened… I am truly sorry that my hometown is represented in yours by this restaurant with a bad menu and cook… So weird the combination of name and menu, none of that is a local specialty, maybe they picked it for the combination of words it is made of: California and Mexico… So it’s supposed to be a fusion… Jajajaaaa, if you ever go back BY MISTAKE, would you ask them why they chose that name?! Thanks Mati, Alexandra


    1. Mati Serrano says:

      I believe it is a fusion restaurant ergo the name. But I could be wrong.
      Also, I don’t know how authentic the cooking is although that could just be my terrible bias by now.
      Sounds like your place is nice to visit. Hope I do get to see it myself.


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