MEX-I-CAN 107 James Street North

MEX-I-CAN’s faded red canopy was quite unassuming from the street but, once we walked through its doors, the bright lights, decorative panache, and boisterous clientelle immediately lent itself to an exciting tour stop!

Escorted to our table atop a modest stage (where, I am sure, countless Mariachi bands must play) and beside the kitchen hubbub, we were granted an optimal view of the restaurant. Paintings lined the walls with monkeys and cranes starring in jungle, rainforest, and waterfall scenes. Umbrellas were scatter throughout the room. Sombreros were strewn across a counter on the back wall. Clearly, MEX-I-CAN was the perfect stop for our Septo de Mayo celebration of 2011.

Once perusing the menu, Avishka decided on the enchiladas, I chose cheese pupusas (which were quite delicious), and Kristin went with the burrito (after deciding that the Super Burrito’s cape may just be too much “super” for a single meal). The dinner was a great time to eat, catch up, and brainstorm some more summer sightseeing opportunities.

After an impromptu photo shoot in the restaurant, we had a pleasant moonlight walk to scope out the James Street North tour stops that we would soon return to complete.
xo Carly.

Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (, where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing a social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.

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