Cabana Mexico –

Comforting Mexican classics and a few new dishes. Must try the tlayoco!

Payson, UT – Mexican food – $ – Casual Dining
Sifter Critique

Nicole O. - Pro SifterNov 7, 2018

4.5

Food

4.8

Ambience

4.6

Service

Overview

The owner lived in Mexico and supported her family by opening a popular food stand for 6 years. Eventually, she made it to Utah and opened up a restaurant in Payson.

Value

Everything here seemed like a great value. Most plates were around $10 and had generous proportions. The chips and salsa beforehand obviously help to fill you up.

3 most popular dishes

They didn’t have a lot of options but their three most popular dishes were the enchiladas, tacos, and then the burritos.

What I ordered

I ordered a taco, sope, gordita, tlayoco, quesadilla, and an enchilada plate (all to share of course).

Food quality

The quality seemed on par with other top Mexican restaurants in Utah, like the Red Iguana in SLC or Maria Bonita in Orem. They also have a salsa bar with different salsas to try. They used high-quality ingredients. Everything appeared homemade except for the tortillas and chips.

Ambiance

The ambiance fit the food perfectly. There were hints of the desert with a tin roof covering the salsa bar. It was well decorated for a small town restaurant. Our server didn’t seem to know a lot of English but he was fairly helpful. The owner stopped by when we were done and she was really nice and welcoming.

What I liked most

I love the classic rice and beans. The enchiladas had a sauce that was unique but tasted really good. The guacamole was fresh and everything was pretty mild in terms of spice, which I prefer. They give you a green salsa with the warmed chips that was very good. The chicken quesadilla had too much cheese for my liking but came with good housemade pico de gallo and guacamole. The meat was tender and moist and had great flavor.

What I disliked most

The food was delivered in a quick and timely manner but they left you confused, wondering if you should fill your own drinks or go to the kitchen to ask for a check. Seemed fairly authentic except for the tex-mex burritos and quesadillas on the menu. Other than that, I would definitely consider coming back again.

4.5

Food

4.8

Ambience

4.6

Service

Overview

The owner lived in Mexico and supported her family by opening a popular food stand for 6 years. Eventually, she made it to Utah and opened up a restaurant in Payson.

Value

Everything here seemed like a great value. Most plates were around $10 and had generous proportions. The chips and salsa beforehand obviously help to fill you up.

3 most popular dishes

They didn’t have a lot of options but their three most popular dishes were the enchiladas, tacos, and then the burritos.

What I ordered

I ordered a taco, sope, gordita, tlayoco, quesadilla, and an enchilada plate (all to share of course).

Food quality

The quality seemed on par with other top Mexican restaurants in Utah, like the Red Iguana in SLC or Maria Bonita in Orem. They also have a salsa bar with different salsas to try. They used high-quality ingredients. Everything appeared homemade except for the tortillas and chips.

Ambiance

The ambiance fit the food perfectly. There were hints of the desert with a tin roof covering the salsa bar. It was well decorated for a small town restaurant. Our server didn’t seem to know a lot of English but he was fairly helpful. The owner stopped by when we were done and she was really nice and welcoming.

What I liked most

I love the classic rice and beans. The enchiladas had a sauce that was unique but tasted really good. The guacamole was fresh and everything was pretty mild in terms of spice, which I prefer. They give you a green salsa with the warmed chips that was very good. The chicken quesadilla had too much cheese for my liking but came with good housemade pico de gallo and guacamole. The meat was tender and moist and had great flavor.

What I disliked most

The food was delivered in a quick and timely manner but they left you confused, wondering if you should fill your own drinks or go to the kitchen to ask for a check. Seemed fairly authentic except for the tex-mex burritos and quesadillas on the menu. Other than that, I would definitely consider coming back again.

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