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Monterrey Cantina Royal Oak CLOSED

Monterrey Cantina Royal Oak CLOSED – Monterrey Cantina Royal Oak Review – Pics, and menu info. Monterrey Cantina in Royal Oak is located at 312 S Main St, between 3rd and 4th in Downtown Royal Oak MI. Review is from 2014.

Monterrey Cantina offers all the typical Mexican fare… tacos, nachos, quesadillas, tamales, enchiladas, burritos, flautas, mexican pizza and more. Pricing for the main entrees ranges from $10-$17.

The meal starts with complimentary chips and salsa. I liked the salsa – perfect consistency, texture, flavor, and “heat,” but the chips were thick cut and quite generic – resembling what you might find on the shelf at a grocery store.

I ordered the fajitas and my husband got the ground beef tacos. Our entrees came with rice and beans. The beans were pretty generic. The rice had some veggies tossed in for a nice touch. The chicken in my fajitas had a nice chargrilled taste and was juicy. I liked the guacamole, which was supposedly voted Best Guacamole by Metro Times. My husband’s tacos were filled nicely. Overall the quality was average, and the quantity was good, but I expected it for the price. Let’s put it this way, I’ve paid less and gotten better.


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It’s hard to rate Mexican food because everyone is looking for something different when it comes to taste. Some prefer authentic, some Tex-Mex, some “Americanized,” etc. So, it’s really all relative. I’ll let you know what I think on how Monterrey Cantina compares to Diablo down the street when I make it out there as well.

In classic Royal Oak Main St. fashion, Monterrey Cantina has an outdoor patio eating area out front. Great for quality dining and people watching. The interior was dimly lit and had a somewhat cheesy decor that hasn’t held up very well since its heydey as Downtown Royal Oaks premiere Mexican restaurant back in the 1990s.

Monterrey Cantina offers specials including Fiesta Days 11A-6P Monday through Friday, Fiesta Nights Fridays and Saturdays starting at 10P along with daily drink specials and Birthday deals.

Monterrey Cantina Royal Oak Birthday Special – Up to $8.00 OFF a meal on your birthday.

Overall, I would not find myself begging to go to Monterrey Cantina Royal Oak when a Mexican food craving hits, but if you’re looking to get Mexican food and you’re in downtown Royal Oak, it’ll do.

Monterrey Cantina Royal Oak
312 South Main Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067

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