For now at least, the upper echelons of Memphis cuisine are unappealing as they are unsatisfying. It has been my primary issue with this town for some time, and since returning to Memphis for winter break, I have retreated to the lesser known restaurants in the groggier parts of town. Las Delicias is one of those restaurants, and while the name might lack creativity, the food is in no short supply of flavor.
I admit my first time at Las Delicias was painful. In no way was the experience a reflection on the food. Before walking in, a terrible stomach pain plagued my stomach. Why I thought Mexican food would cure me, I cannot explain. My second trip with four of my friends was what all dinner night-outs should be like. Five high school buddies in college, gobbling down salsa and Delicias’ wicked guacamole dip that is so simple yet so tasty. A cold, refreshing Sangria to wash down the chips and then comes two chorizo tacos and a chicken tamale. Both teem with spice and demand attention. For dessert, a moist tres leches cake. At this point I didn’t have any room for cake but I made some. No regrets.
In addition to serving non-Tex-mex, straight up Mexican food, service runs at Mach Five. Salsa and chips, drinks and guacamole hit the table before you think about them and refills arrive before they’re needed. When it’s time to pay the bill, more joy ensues. You’ve ordered about 6 items and the total is $18.
If only all meals this tasty could be so cheap…
Las Delicias Mexican Bar and Grill
4002 Park Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111