Like most modern conflicts, the rivalry between soft and hard tacos will not end until one side gets eaten by a bear. Broker a culinary truce with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mexican fare and drinks at Baja Joe's Mexican Cantina in Mesa.
Crunchy tortilla chip rafts cascade down spicy currents of salsa at Baja Joe’s Mexican Cantina, a Sinaloan-style restaurant that eschews landlocked fare for a seaworthy menu of mariscos and traditional Mexican cuisine. Hunt the elusive devil-horned shrimp as it darts between rice, house potatoes, and a salad on the camarones a la diabla plate ($11.99), or feast on a grilled fish fillet slathered in the chef's special seafood sauce; a fusion of shrimp, bacon, octopus, peppers, and cream ($14.99). Classic carne asada burritos tan their tortillas on beachside blankets of salad ($5.99), and tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, and flautas play in rice and bean dunes on combination plates of one to three items ($5.99–$8.99). Squeeze fresh lime juice into a large imported cerveza ($5.50) while taking in some live music on the 1,200-square-foot patio, or head inside to follow the latest sombrero frisbee match on one of three 42-inch TVs.
Baja Joe's Mexican Cantina
The chefs at Baja Joe's Mexican Cantina prepare seafood in the style of Sinaloa, a region of northwestern Mexico that flanks the Pacific Ocean. That coastal influence is especially evident in dishes such as the campechana especial—a medley of scallops, oysters, octopus, and shrimp served inside of a coconut shell—or whole red snapper, cooked with white wine, olives, and bay leaves and served by Poseidon at the end of a trident. Chefs also grill traditional Mexican combinations of carnitas, steak, and chicken, in addition to preparing veggie dishes. The cantina's 1,200-square-foot patio makes an ideal setting to sip a specialty margarita, such as the La Pinta, mixed with pomegranate-infused tequila, while their newly expanded 2,600-square-foot sports cantina boasts eleven flat-screen televisions, pool tables, darts, music, live music and karaoke nights, and more.
1927 N Gilbert Rd.
Mesa, Arizona 85203Get Directions