- 3500 S. Cedar Street
- Lansing, MI 48910
- (517) 393-0766
- No Known Website
Today was the first day of what’s going to be a lot of improvising when it comes to dinner. I’m working this summer downtown and it’s going to keep me from being home a few nights a week. I had a 6:00 meeting tonight and when I was walking out at 7:00, I got a text from J asking if I could meet her for dinner. I happened to be getting in my truck when I got the message, so I called her back and suggested meet for tacos.
Mamacita’s Famous Taco is on Cedar Street in that strip mall right next to the Lansing PD’s South Precinct. I always thought it was two different business, but it’s just the sign that’s split up. We walked in under the sign that said “Famous Taco” to find a dining room that spanned what probably used to be two separate store fronts. There were already laminated menus on the table, so we grabbed a booth near the front. It was a little after 7:00 on a Monday night and we were the only ones there. A few people came in for carry out, but we obviously missed the dinner rush.
The decor is pretty bland. They don’t have the usual, stereotypical Mexican decor. Other than the booths and tables, the only thing in the restaurant were stainless steel buffet tables which get used during the day. There was no dinner buffet, so we ordered off the menu.
A waiter came over with our Pepsi’s then went and got some chips and salsa. The chips were home made as was the salsa. He brought out mild and asked if that was ok. It was fine with me. The chips and salsa were delicious. There were a few too many chunks of onion in the salsa for me. I’m not an onion fan and I’d rather not see them even though I know I’m eating them. J was eating the chips by themselves. She really liked them.
The last few times we’ve gone for Mexican, I didn’t get tacos even though that’s what I was really craving. This time, I went with the taco, but it wasn’t just any taco, it was Mamacita’s Famous Taco. The menu calls it one of the biggest taco’s in Lansing. It’s by far the biggest I’ve seen. It was a huge fried flour tortilla filled with a lot of ground beef, cheese, and lettuce. It was delicious. It’s sort of what you expect from a taco, but the size was ridiculous. Had the tortilla been laid out flat, it was easily over a foot in diameter. The taco came with rice and beans, but the taco was too much for me. I didn’t even try the sides which came on their own plate due to the largeness of the taco.
J ordered the combination platter and got a lot more food than she expected. We saw the waiter coming with two plates and assumed it was both our meals. Nope. He set them both down in front of J. The smaller of the two plates contained a corn taco and a bean tostada. The taco came with ground beef which isn’t her favorite, but she said everything on the plate tasted good. The other plate had a cheese enchilada, a large side of carne guisada, rice, and beans. She pulled the enchilada off and pushed the plate towards me so I could eat the carne guisada which was big chunks of what looked, tasted, and felt like a pot roast, but there was a really delicious broth that the meat was covered in. She ate the three big items on her plate, but only took a few bites of the rice and beans and didn’t touch the carne guisada, but she knew I would eat that.
Our bill was a little over $22, but we went home with leftovers. We got a lot of food for that price. I have no idea why, but I’ve been on a Mexican kick lately. I crave tacos like three times a week and that’s never happened to me before. I noticed Mamacita’s when we moved here, but never considered it. For some reason, I thought it was a grocery store or something. Not sure why I had that idea. Hell, I’m not even sure why I suggested it tonight other than it happened to catch my eye as I was driving down Cedar Street today. Like most Mexican restaurants, Mamacita’s offers good, fresh, home made food at a pretty good price. We were in and out in just over a half hour and had another good dinner.