Restaurant Review

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Cancun Mexican Grill

Entering the Cancun Mexican Grill located at 1754 Central Park Drive in Okemos, is like stepping into an exotic world. A splash of color and flurry of activity welcomes guests into the restaurant, quickly followed by a warm welcome. The servers rush around refilling baskets of chips and salsa, carrying hot plates and welcoming new patrons. Although the restaurant seems incredibly busy (and it usually is), guests rarely have to wait for a table. It’s a great place if you want excellent fare (and a lot of it) for a good price and quick service.

Food

Cancun starts off every meal with a basket of warm chips and spicy salsa. The only problem with the chips is they’re so delicious; it’s easy to go through basket after basket. Yes, the chips and salsa are refilled at no charge! I easily chowed down half of them before I was done reading the extensive and reasonably
priced menu.

The IS Special – wonderfully marinated chicken over rice mixed with a creamy cheese sauce – is one of my personal favorites, but the Cancun chicken fajitas are a close second. They’re served steaming hot and brought out on a cast-iron skillet (too hot to handle, of course!) with plentiful amounts of chicken, green peppers, onions and tomatoes. That’s not all, you also get a heaping side of refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, rice, lettuce and fresh tortillas, all for $11.99.

This time, however, I decided to try something different and went with the Cancun Special. The Cancun Special consisted of a chicken enchilada and a chicken burrito and was the perfect amount of food. It was actually a lot of food considering I paid less than $8 for my meal. Usually, I end up taking leftovers home but the combo was too good to leave anything on the plate.

Beverages

If a meal at Cancun is the sundae, their giant margarita is the cherry on top. My dinner partner and I ordered it on the rocks and split it, as necessary for its enormous size. Its cool flavors balanced out the warm spiciness of the meal wonderfully.

Service

Servers at Cancun are friendly, attentive and helpful and you never have to wait long for your food. Our meals arrived about seven minutes after we ordered (and after we already made it halfway through our second basket of chips – which the servers were also quick to fill up for us).

Ambience

Dining at Cancun is a cozy yet energetic experience. The bright colors of the carved tables and chairs and the beautiful murals on the wall constantly provide something new to peruse. They also have a quaint little patio for patrons to use in the summer months to enjoy the outdoors. The patio offers a somewhat private setting for those looking for a unique and romantic atmosphere.

Value

Cancun has options ranging from a la carte items – some for around $3 – to full meals that cost up to about $13. Most options are around $7 – a definite bargain for the amount and awesome quality.

Hot Tips

Cancun does take-out orders, so you can enjoy their food at home as well.

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Tags: cancun grill, mexican food, okemus, restaurant review september

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