Fresh Mexican food just steps away from ARC

Xochimilco offers an alternative to food choices on campus

How many people have parked their cars at the 99 Cents Only Store to walk to class simply to avoid the parking situation? Or how many students have passed by the intersection of Auburn Boulevard and College Oak Drive? If you have, then you most certainly have passed the corner restaurant that offers several authentic Mexican dishes within steps of our campus.

Xochimilco, or as the menu says, “So-chee-mill-co,” has been family owned since 1964.

All of the food that is made in this restaurant is made fresh daily and the quality of the food speaks for itself.

After eating enough Chipotle, Subway, Jack in the Box, and cafeteria food, I thought this would be a place worth trying on a lunch break. When I first walked in, I noticed the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World” cardboard cutout standing in the background.

When you go in, you can choose between a table near one of the two televisions, a booth, or, if the weather is nice, you can sit out on the patio. There were menus and place settings already on the tables. Once I chose my spot, I was greeted by the server who already had a glass of water, a basket of chips, and some fresh salsa.

I decided on the lunch portion of the chile verde burrito, which was served with rice, beans and cheese, and lettuce with some diced tomatoes.

The burrito was a good size and the pork was very flavorful, like it had been marinating for a while. The beans were tasty, but the rice was a bit bland. Overall, the meal was good and tasted very authentic. I also made sure to get some of the fresh homemade tortillas they have, which I would recommend to anyone.

They don’t have a happy hour, but they do offer lunch and dinner portion sizes. The prices range from $8.95 for a taco salad, $10.95 for a combination plate, all the way to $13.75 for shrimp fajitas with guacamole that also comes with sides of Spanish rice and refried beans with melted cheese on top.

Xochimilco is located at 4904 Auburn Blvd. They are open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. They have enough room for parties or large groups.

I would highly recommend stopping by for lunch or dinner sometime.

Xochimilco

4904 Auburn Blvd

Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Price: $$

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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