The Mexican Kitchen



Price Range : $11-30 ($$)

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    Yelp rating
    2.5 stars


Adress: 406 Classic Dr, Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Phone: (601) 450-4811

Business info

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    Health Score
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    Takes Reservations
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    Accepts Credit Cards
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    Good For
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    Private Lot
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    Bike Parking
  • accessibility
    Good for Kids
  • group
    Good for Groups
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    Noise Level
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    Full Bar
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    Outdoor Seating
  • wifi
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    Has TV
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    Waiter Service
  • fastfood


  • David D.

    star star star star star 16 September 2021

    Don't go by the low scores. This place is great. The people who own the place treat you like family every time you walk through the door. They must be doing something correct. There are always people waiting to get a table. Haters are going to hate !

  • Laura R.

    star star star_border star_border star_border 12 September 2021

    Well....  Food was just so...   The salsa was not good.  It's like Tabasco. Not at all what fresh salsa should be like.  For the price you don't get much food.  Service was fast.

  • Michael H.

    star star_border star_border star_border star_border 31 August 2021

    A total joke , taco shells for chips . Salsa looks like it was put in a blender . I ordered tea , saw the chips then left ...

  • Rob S.

    star star_border star_border star_border star_border 29 August 2021

    Stay far away from this place if you value your money and enjoy real mexican food. It was very obvious this place survives by charging its few customers high prices for cheap low-quality food.

    Kicking myself for not checking Yelp before we sat down. This place was right down the street from our hotel and the night before we drove by the parking lot was packed, so figured it was good. Turns out it must've been a banquet or party because there's no way this place would've been packed otherwise.

    Not sure how others gave this place any more than the minimum 1 star. Must be people with little experience of authentic mexican food or jacked up taste buds. No money spent on cleaning or decor. Very likely no repeat local customers, as it appears to survive by limping by on one-off receipts from area travelers and/or parties.

    The place is absolutely nasty. There are 2 fish tanks with no fish or living organisms in them, just nasty looking water. 1 tank in the front had something strange hanging down from the top like torn felt. Again, no fish. Place looked to be a seafood joint long in the past. Obviously no pride whatsoever in the place. Food tasted the same.

    We walked in and it smelled like old stale food, odorous carpet, and bleach. The bathroom is nasty and the 'employees must wash hands' sign had old tape residue all over it like it had fallen down and been rehung many times over the years. Entire place is dirty and grimy everywhere I looked.

    Place has an odd layout and absolutely no attention to detail has been paid. Old tables, chairs, bar layout (there's a CRT TV), and patrons were mostly women with their kids, and 2 or 3 couples looking like they made a mistake in coming. No festive music, nothing really to tell you it was a mexican place.

    The chips, as others have mentioned, were baskets of old split down the middle taco shells, definitely NOT homemade, and NOT fresh. The 'salsa' was a weird orange-ish liquid. Can't call it salsa, more like a mixed sauce with a weird cream cheese or sour cream taste. Waiter brought multiple small bowls to pour the small carafe of sauce into. No tomatoes, cilantro, or onions, or anything fresh even resembling salsa.

    Menu was strange, faded pics, no choices for what you'd normally find at a mexican place, and there was a strange note about extra charges if you didn't get exactly what the stated menu item was.

    I had the tamale, enchilada, and taco 'small' plate. Type of meat wasn't specified so I had to ask. Food came out just above room temp. The tamale was lighter colored than I've ever seen, and tasted like they used grits instead of corn meal. It was mostly grit-stuff wrapping a very small amount of ground beef. Same ground beef in the enchilada, with hardly-melted shredded cheese on top. The taco had the same 'meat' and was almost identical to Taco Bell but not as good. One bite definitely tasted weird, no idea what made its way in there. Rice was fresh and fluffy but lacked taste. Beans were very dry and also lacked taste. It all tasted fresh out of a can. $11 for something Taco Bell would've made better for half the cost.

    Coworker had the fajitas and they came out hot and smelled good. I tried some of his and the meat was well seasoned, but overcooked and dry. The onions and bell peppers were obviously way overcooked. Bell peppers were more gray than green. They short-changed him on the tortillas big time.

    Utensil for everyone was a single fork wrapped in a paper napkin. No knife. Never seen that in any restaurant. Ever.

    Server was attentive, nice, and refilled the drinks often and quickly. We got our checks and proceeded to the front where an older man spent the next few minutes talking to an older couple in front of us without a care in the world. A slow ending to a horrible meal.

  • Valerie G.

    star star star star star 25 August 2021

    Have been coming here since the 80's. This is my favorite mexican restaurant period. Authentic, delicious food. The best sauce but don't forget the guacamole! Family ran and owned. Don't go off of these reviews, people must not have good taste its DELICIOUS!

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