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Mexican Restaurants – Three Choices, All Good

If there’s one thing in Wickenburg that there’s no shortage of (other than horse manure), it’s Mexican food. Although most restaurants in town serve at least one Mexican dish, there are three Mexican restaurants — restaurants that serve mostly Mexican food — in town. And the best thing about them is that they’re all different and all good.

Anita’s Cocina

Anita's CocinaAnita’s Cocina is probably the most popular of the three choices. Located on Valentine Street, right around the block from the movie theater, it specializes in what I call “Gringo Mexican” — that’s Mexican food prepared in an American style.At Anitas, you can find popular items including burros (or burritos), tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas. Items are available a la carte or in combination platters that include rice and beans.

Some of my favorite items: Anita’s makes the best chile relleno I’ve ever had — and I’ve tried them lots of places. I’m also particularly font of their machaca, which I usually order enchilada style. But my favorite meal at Anita’s has got to be their fish tacos, which are served on Fridays only. During the busy winter months, if you go for fish tacos, go early since they sometimes run out as early as 6:30 pm!

If you have a big appetite and like good, hot food served fresh in big portions, Anita’s is the place for you! In fact, if you’re a normal eater and there’s a half-size option for an item you want to order, get it. You’ll have plenty of food.

Anita’s Cocina
57 N. Valentine Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390

The Mecca Restaurant & Cantina

The MeccaThe Mecca Restaurant and Cantina, on East Wickenburg Way, is relatively new in town. Located in a historic landmark building that was recently rennovated, it is divided into a series of small dining rooms with four to eight tables each. The room facing East Wickenburg Way is a full-service bar that I think makes the best margarita in town.

The Mecca’s menu items include a few more traditional Mexican items, as well as some non-standard items you don’t find in many Mexican restaurants. Of these, my favorite is the chicken mole. Although the menu has an incorrect description of this item (a typo that has yet to be fixed), don’t let that fool you. This is a chocolate-based sauce that’s just slightly sweet, served with rice, beans, and your choice of flour or corn tortilla. My husband’s favorite is the combination fajitas, served on a sizzling platter with all the fixings. Of course, The Mecca also has the usual tacos, enchiladas, and other standard items found in Mexican restaurants everywhere.

The Mecca Restaurant & Cantina
162 E. Wickenburg Way
Wickenburg, AZ 85390


Filiberto'sI’m not a fan of fast food chains, but I make an exception when it comes to Filiberto’s. I first ate at a Filiberto’s some years ago down on Bell Road and was impressed by the authentic Mexican food they served. So I was quite pleased when a new Filibertos opened on East Wickenburg Way at the Shell gas station.

Filiberto’s is about as authentic as you can get for Mexican food in Wickenburg. Their menu includes the usual Mexican items, as well as carnitas, pollo asado, adobada, and machaca. They even have menudo on weekends. And the last time I was in there, they had something called lengua on a sign on the wall. I had to ask what it was. Beef tongue. No wonder it wasn’t translated into English anywhere. Few of us gringos would want to eat that.

Filiberto’s is counter service with fast-food dining area tables, so the atmophere isn’t the least bit fancy. But the food is fresh, hot, and good. And there’s a drive-up window if you feel like grabbing a bite on the go.

530 E. Wickenburg Way (at Shell gas station)
Wickenburg, AZ 85390

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5 comments to Mexican Restaurants – Three Choices, All Good

  • J. Summers

    Since the above was written (I assume) a fourth choice has opened, El Ranchero on West Wickenburg Way. Excellent food in quantities from reasonable to enormous at very reasonable prices. This has become a weekly standby for my husband and me. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…we generally enjoy lunch there, though we have sampled the huevos rancheros for breakfast…

  • Yes, I’ve been meaning to update this article, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. El Ranchero is a good fourth option. More authentic than Anita’s and quite affordable. We’ve only been there a few times so far, but we haven’t been disappointed.

  • k henderson

    I lived in wickenburg for a year and Anita’s was to die for!!!

  • Victor Jimenez

    El Ranchero is operated by Chuy Limon and Lolita Jimenez. Ironically, they used to work at Anitas Cocina for about 10 years. A locale opened up on 683 W. Wickenburg Way and the family decided to part ways w/ Anitas and start down a new path. El Ranchero was officially opened on June 18th, 2005. Dishes are served in the traditional “Jalisco” style -(Jalisco is the mexican state where Mariachi, Tequila, and Blue Agaves originate). The family still operates there is planning to expand in the near future.

  • Linda Bennett

    Love Filberto’s. I love the radishes, peppers, and carrots on the side tray. Good food and good prices. Always stop there on the way to Kingman from Arizona City and on the way back.