La Fiesta Cafe

Mexican | Southwestern
One of the best

In the border town of Douglas, La Fiesta is a modest one-room cafe with especially good Sonoran-style food. Its tables are covered with red oilcloth; its placemats and napkins are plain white paper; its décor is standard-issue Mexican: sombreros, papier maché parrots and chili peppers.

The menu offers chimichangas, burros, tacos, enchiladas, and flautas, as well as a whole category of vegetarian plates, including potato tacos, cheese soup and bean soup, and green corn tamales.

The salsa that comes with chips at the beginning of the meal packs vivid chile flavor, essence of vegetable. It is fairly hot, but in a sneaky way. Its heat intensifies slowly, and by the time entrees arrive, you are sipping your horchata over your tongue to soothe it. The horchata is thick and creamy, very sweet.

Most entrees come with rice and refried beans, the beans creamy and rich with lard. We like the green chicken enchiladas, a rolled trio covered with viscous chile that has bracing tomatillo tang. The beef burro is a big one, especially good with a spill of brilliant red chile. We are less fond of chilies rellenos (really more New Mexican than Arizonan), in which the pods’ flavor is elusive and the batter around them thick. On the other hand, carne asada with green chile salsa is the southwest classic in fine fettle.

What to Eat
La Fiesta Cafe, Green Chicken Enchiladas
Green Chicken Enchiladas
Rolled enchiladas are filled with chicken and topped with tomatillo-spiked green chile sauce.
La Fiesta Cafe, Red Chile Chimichanga
Red Chile Chimichanga
Red chile beef chimichanga, enchilada style
La Fiesta Cafe, Beef Burro
Beef Burro
Shredded beef burro laced with chopped green chilies
La Fiesta Cafe, Chile Rellenos
Chile Rellenos
Chile rellenos are vastly improved by sauce on top.
La Fiesta Cafe, Salsa & Chips
Salsa & Chips
Salsa that comes with pre-meal chips is sneaky-hot.
La Fiesta Cafe, Green Corn Tamale
Green Corn Tamale
Green corn tamale, a borderland staple
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday10:30am - 7pm
Tuesday10:30am - 7pm
Wednesday10:30am - 7pm
Thursday10:30am - 7pm
Friday10:30am - 8pm
Saturday10:30am - 8pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 82 MILES | 1 hr 52 min

There are so many good places to eat in Tucson, it can be tough to leave; but if you head southwest, through Sierra Vista and on to Douglas, there are some surprising, little-known culinary gems.

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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