Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats
Sign In | Register for Free!
Restaurants Recipes Forums Eating Tours Merchandise FAQ Maps Insider

La Fiesta Cafe

1844 E. 10th St., Douglas, AZ - (520) 805-0033
Posted By Michael Stern on 6/19/2014 6:25:00 AM
In the border town of Douglas, La Fiesta is a modest one-room cafe with especially good Sonoran-style food. Its tables are covered with red oilcloth, its placemats and napkins plain white paper, its décor standard-issue Mexican: sombreros, papier maché parrots and chili peppers. The menu offers chimichangas, burros, tacos, enchiladas, and flautas, as well as a whole category of vegetarian plates, including potato tacos, cheese soup and bean soup, and green corn tamales.

The salsa that comes with chips at the beginning of the meal packs vivid chile flavor, essence of vegetable. It is fairly hot, but in a sneaky way. Its heat intensifies slowly, and by the time entrees arrive, you are sipping your horchata over your tongue to soothe it. The horchata is thick and creamy, very sweet.

Most entrees come with rice and refried beans, the beans especially good, creamy and rich with lard. We like the green chicken enchiladas, a rolled trio covered with viscous chile that has a wonderful tomatillo tang. The beef burro is a big one, especially good with a spill of brilliant red chile. We were less fond of the chilies rellenos (really more New Mexican than Arizonan), in which the pods' flavor was elusive and the batter around them thick. On the other hand, carne asada with green chile salsa is a southwest classic.

Note: for dessert after a meal at La Fiesta Cafe, step across the street (1855 E. 10th) to La Nueva Michoacana, which boasts of selling "the best artisan ice cream in southern Arizona." There are custard, ice cream, Jell-Os, and freezer cases loaded with paletas (popsicles) of endless variety.

3 out of 3 people found the review helpful. Was it helpful to you?

No Yes

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Green Chicken Enchiladas
Horchata
Carne Asada
Green Corn Tamale
Beef Burro
Chile Rellenos
Salsa & Chips
Rate this place

Reviewers Photos [Upload Your Photos]

Rolled enchiladas, filled with tender chicken and topped with tomatillo-spiked green chile sauce, are accompanied by luxurious refried beans and rice.
"Rolled enchiladas, filled with tender chicken and topped with tomatillo-spiked green chile sauce, are accompanied by luxurious refried beans and rice."
Michael Stern





The salsa that comes with pre-meal chips is something special: sneaky-hot and delicious.
"The salsa that comes with pre-meal chips is something special: sneaky-hot and delicious."
Michael Stern


The green corn tamale is a Tucson staple. It benefits greatly from a spoonful of added salsa.
"The green corn tamale is a Tucson staple. It benefits greatly from a spoonful of added salsa."
Michael Stern


One of the top Mexican restaurants in Douglas for years, La Fiesta moved to this new location a little over five years ago.
"One of the top Mexican restaurants in Douglas for years, La Fiesta moved to this new location a little over five years ago."
Michael Stern


Chile rellenos are more a standard of New Mexico than of Arizona. We didn't love them, but we did love the salsa on top.
"Chile rellenos are more a standard of New Mexico than of Arizona. We didn't love them, but we did love the salsa on top."
Michael Stern


Just a few of the paletas available at La Nueva Michoacana, across the street from La Fiesta Cafe.
"Just a few of the paletas available at La Nueva Michoacana, across the street from La Fiesta Cafe."
Michael Stern


La Fiesta Cafe is a humble place: oilcloth-covered tables, paper napkins and placemats.
"La Fiesta Cafe is a humble place: oilcloth-covered tables, paper napkins and placemats."
Michael Stern


Flour tortillas accompany every meal.
"Flour tortillas accompany every meal."
Michael Stern



What is Roadfood?  |   Submit Content  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Roadfood.com   Copyright - Roadfood.com