- 102 E. Market St., West Chester, PA, 19382
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- (4 ratings)
- Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
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When you walk into Más Mexicali Cantina in West Chester, you feel like you're headed to a fiesta. The walls on one side are exposed brick, while other walls are painted in vivid shades of pink, green and blue. Colored lights strung from the ceiling give the space even more of a festive, party atmosphere.
On the night that I went, there was a good crowd at the big bar, watching the Flyers on the flat-screen televisions, but we took a seat in one of the booths by the big windows overlooking Market Street. (This is a great spot for people-watching, including those attempting to parallel park.)
My trio was famished, so instead of trying to decide on appetizers, we ordered a little bit of everything, courtesy of the Mas grande sampler ($13.99) and the famous triple dip ($5.99).
The grande sampler was as grande as we expected. In the center of the plate was a pile of nachos, smothered in creamy refried beans with just a hint of smoky chipotle in them, cheese, green onions, pickled jalapenos, sour cream and guacamole. Pickled jalapenos are my preference on nachos, so I was a happy camper. The sampler also came with a good cheese quesadilla, filled with cheese, peppers and onions, and Mexican dynamite sticks. The dynamite sticks are rolled flour tortillas that are stuffed with chicken, chorizo, chilies and cheese, then deep fried until they're shatteringly crispy. Chipotle ranch is then drizzled over the top of the dynamite stick. They were good, though I wished there was a little more filling.
Fresh guacamole, queso and bean dip were the trio that made the triple dip famous. The bean dip was smooth and thick enough to cling nicely to a chip, but not clumpy like refried beans. The queso was thick and cheesy, made even better with a few generous shakes of the Cholula hot sauce that can be found on every table. The guac had chunks of tomatoes blended in with the creamy avocado, and tasted nice and fresh.
Piled on top of each of our appetizers was their homemade salsa which was pico de gallo style, with small cubes of fresh tomato and onions mixed with cilantro. (We were ravenous for the appetizers because we never got the complimentary chips and salsa that is standard at Mas, but our waitress' forgetfulness seemed to be the exception rather than the rule.)
Though we could have fish, shrimp, veggie, tofu or short rib tacos, we went with the more standard chicken and steak tacos on our two taco plate ($8.49). We chose soft corn tortillas, that were topped with juicy steak and chicken, crunchy lettuce and cheese.
The chicken and steak on the fajitas ($14.99) were just as juicy, and we added grilled veggies to our combo fajita. The squash and zucchini were tender, but still had just a little bit of crunch to them, just the way I like them. With the rice and black beans that came with each dish, my trio left full and happy.