Loco Elvis Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai sure has a lot of Mexican restaurants, for somewhere that’s on the other side of the planet to Mexico.
And quantity doesn’t always extend to quality. Finding good Mexican can be an arduous process.
I’ll be upfront – this is not my favourite Mexican restaurant here in Chiang Mai (that’s The Salsa Kitchen), but it *is* North Nomad’s favourite.
It leans more towards the traditional Tex Mex we had where we lived in California. Which also means that there isn’t a stack of food options for me.
On our first visit to Loco Evlis, North Nomad has the beef nachos, which he adores.
He tells me emphatically that his dish is very good. At this point of our Chiang Mai time, it’s been a while since we’ve had Mexican, and this really hit the spot for him.
I ordered the veggie fajitas, without cheese and without sour cream. True to Chiang Mai form, it comes out with sour cream (I wonder if they think I’m a crazy farang who doesn’t know what tastes good).
In fairness, the Australian accent can be difficult for non-English speakers here in Chiang Mai to parse. I’ve learnt when ordering food that Chiang Mai nationals can understand my Thai, but my English can confuse the hell out of them.
The sizzle of the capsicums and the onions on the hot plate is always impressive, but sadly the veggies are dripping in oil.
The tortillas are warm, and they come with refried beans, rice, and salsa. I’m not a fan of refried beans, preferring firm black beans instead. The salsa is nice enough, but lacking any sort of kick.
On the second occasion, I ask for the veggie nachos, without cheese or sour cream. They’re blackened around the edges, cooked too much in the parts that aren’t black, and incredibly salty.
Again, North Nomad is as happy as a pig in mud with his nachos. I just have no luck with this place!
And because it’s in the heart of the farang tourist stretch, the song thaew drivers want your first born to take you anywhere. I’ve been miles out of Old City and not had to pay the prices they quote me from the front of Loco Elvis.
(North Nomad also has a bit of frustration and my willingness not to bend over a dollar or two. It’s not the price that bothers me, I tell him, it’s the principle! I really hate when people try to screw me over, just because they think they can. I’d rather walk a couple hundred of metres, and tip a song thaew driver the extra I would have been charged, just because they didn’t try to take advantage of me.)
But I’ll finish on a positive: the service is friendly, and efficient, and our meals come out quickly.
It’s also a pretty little bar/restaurant. It has a nice, open, light, and airy feel. You can watch the hustle and bustle of Old City without walking down the street and worrying about near death experiences with scooters and bikes. It’s quite cool if you want to sit on the footpath, with a fine mist of water sprayed from the eaves.
And I do hear they do American rock and roll karaoke… so maybe I need to give this place another try out at night time, with a couple of margaritas. ?
Location: 129/3-5 Moonmuang Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Contact Details: +66 88 493 3303
Opening Hours: Today 11:00am – 12:00am