Basket Review No. 56: Mexican Village

Yes, I know, I once again committed treason and ordered a mothereffing chicken strip basket at a Mexican restaurant.

This was, to my knowledge, the last downtown Fargo restaurant with chicken strips that I had not yet eaten at. I’ve been living downtown for about a month, and had already eaten all the chicken strips prior to moving. Real smart planning on my part there.

Anywho, it was a lovely, breezy day today, and Mexican Village’s downtown location is walkable from my place, so I thought I might as well cross it off my list.

I hadn’t heard one positive thing about this restaurant prior to coming here. My parents and I used to go to the St. Cloud location when I was a child, and I always had fond memories of that, but apparently Fargo’s branch is a different story. I’ll have to come back and order some actual Mexican food to give it fair judgement.


The chicken strip basket was OK. It was pretty clear these are just bought in bulk and then thrown into a deep fryer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they were bad. They were at least prepared well and were quite crunchy. There was a dryness, however, that I couldn’t get past. They didn’t have that juicy chicken that’s found at restaurants that care enough to hand-bread chicken tenders.

The steak fries, which were a truly shocking thing to see at a Mexican restaurant, had a nice enough texture of outer crispiness and inner fluffiness, but needed a generous amount of seasoning.

Accompanying the basket was ranch that was a little runny for my liking, but the flavor was solid.

Overall, I’ll give Mexican Village a 5.6. It just didn’t quite do it for me. The texture of everything was mostly decent, but the overall taste and quality was lacking.

That’s it. That’s the end of the blog post.

Author: thrillswithjmills

Food lover located in Fargo, N.D. Chicken strip aficionado; blogger; aspiring TikTok superstar.

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