Superior. We've been here 4-5 times and I can't come up with a complaint. The _Especial_ platters are excellent if you're willing to spend $17-19 on an entree, they are worth it. I've had the red snapper with garlic, excellent. Tonight I had the Especial Mazatlan, grilled butterfly chicken breast with shrimp in the excellent diablo sauce. Very spicy, if you're Anglo the waiter might politely try to steer you away but I stood my ground and was rewarded with a superb meal again. I've also had the Cabo San Lucas special which is grilled chicken, steak, and clams--the clams were roasted and they were perfect. Playita has a different emphasis than most authentic Mexican restaurants the area is now blessed with (and it is a blessing!). They tend to dwell on seafood, and there is no list of "here are the ten different meat fillings we carry for every dish" in the manner of every taco joint between Chicago and Cuidad Chihuahua. You can get ceviche here, or huge beautiful shrimp cocktails in margarita glasses. If you get a dish with snapper it will have been scored, deep fried in lard, head on, set up vertically for presentation in a specialized wire rack, with maraschino cherries in its eye sockets. This is how it is properly done in this culture and I love it. The decor is abysmal, there are too many tables too close together, I don't care, nobody has bumped into me yet so I guess they got the personal space requirements worked out. There are about 15 televisions silently playing the worst possible shows. There is a full bar which has its own immense TV which seems to play only terrible American action films dubbed into Spanish. The place is mercifully free of the insipid taco music all other Mexican restaurants are required to play--never have I heard an accordion in here. It's SO good. FWIW, while this area has a checkered past, MPD has been saturating the heck out of this neighborhood for weeks (we live near here). As of this writing, late May 2015, there is probably no safer block in all of Memphis. This restaurant itself seems intensely popular with cops on meal break too. So do not fear Cordova-Macon, get out here and have some excellent authentic Mexican food!
Tamale T. on May 31, 2015