Tucson >Food & Dining > Mi Nidito Cafe
1813 S 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ | Directions 8571332.200019 -110.965249
Mon. - Tue. CLOSED;Wed. - Thu., Sun. 11am - 10:30pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 2pm
Authentic Sonoran Food with Heart - Worth the Wait - AAAAAA+++++ – For 24 years I lived in Tucson. I saw MiNidito grow from a small hole in the wall to a larger bustling restaurant. The reviewer before me just hasn't a clue that the food at MiNidito would never include Velveta for that is an anglicized dish he speaks of - not authentic. The food is Sonoran, and even more, it is the Mexican food style of Tucson at its very best. MiNidito food is NOT some Epcot version of generic Mexican food equal to the "genuine" American food experience of McDonald's! This is food like I ate in the homes of my Mexican friends. I've been gone now for 14 years as a permanent Tucson resident yet I can walk into MiNidito, work my way to the desk, and Jimmy will greet me as if I was there last week. I am greeted by name. But I get no favorite treatment - because everyone is treated the same to personal service and fabulous food AND it's good discipline to wait to get it! :) We found we just planned for the wait. A lot of good conversation on warm nights just whet the appetite for when we were seated. Slow down and savor the company and the food. You owe yourself that.
In 1985/86 I lost 142 lbs. My one treat was going to MiNidito to have one flat enchilada with lots of lettuce (find a flat enchilada outside of Tucson!) The staff were always supportive - always smiling an Old Pueblo sun-filled smile that said "welcome home" each and every week. My daughter went from age 0 to 24 eating there - always tolerated by staff - always tossed a lollipop by Jimmy as we left. Ask him about the night she suddenly tossed it back at him! When I divorced it was the waitresses who were kind and understanding when I came alone with her.
AAAA+++ They are blessed with great authentic Sonoran food to offer along with caring service.
May God richly bless them all for the pleasure they have brought to me and to my family from decade to decade.
The absolute worst in Tucson dining – This resturant came highly recommended as the finest Tucson has to offer in mexican food.
The wait staff was rude and the food was not worth the high praises that it recieved. The picture of a U.S. President on the wall does not make the food good, as much as locals would believe it has.
The resturant does not serve Chili con Queso, and when I asked for it the wait staff acted as though there is no such thing in existence. When I explained that one receipe is made with Veleeta and even has a receipe on the box. The wait staff still insisted that this is foreign to them at the resturant.
I would not recommend this resturant at all and I would not eat there again if it were free.
This jam-packed, South Tucson favorite is the epitome of authentic Mexican food, just ask Bill Clinton. – The Scene
When Bill Clinton ate here in 1999, he was the first person in years who didn't have to wait for a table. Plenty of people have waited up to two hours to sit in this adobe with its dark tables, brick and tiled archways and colorful decorations. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more authentic Sonoran restaurant.
The Burro Deluxe, a large flour tortilla wrapped around beans, green chili, avocado, cheese and tomato is just one of the reasons people are willing to wait. The chili rellenos are fresh, light and puffy, with just a little spicy bite to them. Wash the meal down with an orchata, a rice milk drink laced with cinnamon, then order one of the quirky desserts like the choco-taco or the mango chimichanga.
Good, but not great – OVER RATED!! DEFINITELY NOT WORTH AN HOUR OR MORE WAIT. MUCH BETTER MEXICAN RESTUARANTS IN TUCSON. ALTHOUGH, THE TOPOPO SALAD IS A FAVORITE OF MINE, I REFUSE TO WAIT MORE THAN 20 MINUTES TO BE SEATED, WHICH I BELIEVE IS AN ACCEPTABLE AMOUNT OF WAIT TIME.
The best – It takes forever to get a seat, but you've got to go!
Best Mexican restaurant in Tucson – Although you usally have to wait up to and hour to be seated, it is well worth the wait. Once you are seated, service is quick. Not only is it the best Mexican food, but it is not expensive. I have not eaten anything there I did not like. I have been eating there since 1970. Sometimes I am there 4 times a week.
The best there is – I lived in Tucson from 1989 to 2000. When I come back it's off to Mi Nidito's. Absolutely the best Sonoran-style there is, and Tucson has a lot of truly great places. To be favorably compared to Mi Nidito is a compliment and an honor.
It's not Tex-Mex which is what I've endured in AR, OK, and TX these past four years.
thanks "CHICK" – The best food !
Flaky delicious-Great PRESIDENT PLATE. A unique salsa to complment the finest chilli rellenos in tucson,az.
The atmosphere is appreciated more with every visit. The food is wonderful and we have always had room for the flan.
Thank you again,
Not what it used to be – Long time customer, but not for long.
Their service has really really gone down hill, and their food is not as tasty as it used to be. It seems to be a trend these days with once fantastic restaurants.
Their prices are average, not too expensive, but not too cheap. The food portions are generous, but not the quality it was onced praised for. If anything, I'd ONLY recommend the enchilades.
The service really stinks all the times I've been eating there for the past few months.
WE LOVE MI NIDITO RESTAURANT – I have been going to Mi Nidito Restaurant since 1957! The quality of the food has been consistently good since that time! Nothing has changed! It is definitely our favorite restaurant in the Tucson area!!!
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