Cancun Mexican Restaurant
- 37908 Red Arrow Highway
- Paw Paw, MI 49079
- (269) 657-0107
- No Known Website
Friday was kind of a perfect storm. We really had no plans to go to lunch, but I had an early morning phone call that woke me up hours before I should have been up and J got home from work early. She mentioned she was craving Mexican and was considering going to Qdoba to pick up something to eat. Since I was awake, she asked if I just wanted to go out for lunch.
I was racking my brain for a new Mexican place to eat at and couldn’t think of one in Kalamazoo. There are a couple outside of Kalamazoo that I’ve been wanting to go to, but traveling wasn’t really something I wanted to do. I was tired and still had to go to work later in the afternoon.
After some searching, I finally decided on leaving the Kalamazoo area. By chance on a trip home one night, we pulled off the highway in Lawrence and happened to find Acapulco Mexican Restaurant. I remembered really liking the place and I remembered that they used to have a sister restaurant in Paw Paw.
I have no idea if the two restaurants are still related but the Paw Paw restaurant is now Cancun Mexican Restaurant. It’s on Red Arrow Highway on the west side of town. The building is very plain with a sign on either side of an entry way that just says “restaurant.”
The inside of the building is a rather large, brightly colored dining room. We didn’t see a wait to be seated sign, so I headed over to a booth along the front windows. A waitress in the kitchen saw us sit down and came over with a couple menus and the customary chips and salsa.
We put in drink orders for a Pepsi and an Aqua de Orchata. The drinks were were brought out in large plastic cups that lasted us pretty much through the entire meal. We did each get one refill, but neither of us were able to finish the second glass.
The chips were home made tortilla chips that had a dusting of salt. The salsa came out with two dipping cups so we didn’t have to share. This is something I can’t really believe I’m about to type. The salsa was too fresh. That seems blasphemous. The problem is, I don’t really like the taste of tomatoes or onions….which are two key ingredients in almost any salsa. Those two flavors were very prominent in this salsa and to a normal person, that would be a great thing, so I can’t really consider it a bad thing.
J was more in the mood for Mexican than I was so I kept things pretty simple and just ordered four tacos. I got two steak and two chorizo tacos. All of them were corn tortillas with the meat, lettuce, onion, and tomatoes. I usually pick most of the veggies off and just enjoy the meat and tortilla, but I left quite a bit of lettuce….and if a few onions and tomatoes stuck around, they blended in to the fresh lettuce. The steak tacos were absolutely delicious. The strips of meat were well seasoned flat top grilled beef. I really wished at that point that I had ordered all four tacos with steak, but I was really looking forward to the chorizo as well. The sausage was very spicy and there was a large amount of it. It was kind of to the point that it was a little too spicy.
J found a combo plate on the menu and ordered the #4. The plate consisted of the usual refried beans and Spanish rice. She ate a little of each, but didn’t say much about the typical Mexican sides. The entree portion of the plate consisted of a tamal, a flauta, and a tostada. The tostada was her favorite part of the plate. The shell was crunchy and the toppings were piled on and very fresh. The flauta was the second thing to go and it was also something she seemed to really enjoy. The tamal was a beef tamali and she was afraid to try it. She was stuffed at that point and offered it to me…..but I was feeling the same way.
Our bill was just over $18 and Cancun was worth the drive out to Paw Paw. J was really craving Mexican and this place hit the spot. I just wanted a place where I could get some good tacos. I was really surprised by the freshness of the vegetables. To me, that’s the thing that really stuck out about Cancun Mexican Restaurant.