Restaurant Review: La Costa Mexicana

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Photo courtesy of Teresa Mainzer

La Costa Mexicana is a locally-owned restaurant located at 5 E. Kansas Street on the Liberty Square – a couple minutes from the William Jewell College campus. They serve Mexican cuisine and offer a variety of dishes that cater to different tastes. The restaurant currently offers dine-in and carry out, and you can order online through their website. 

La Costa offers a variety of specials throughout the week such as Margarita Monday, Taco Tuesday, Fajita Night on Wednesdays, and happy hour every day from 2-5 p.m. Additionally, they offer lunch specials Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. I’ve taken advantage of their Taco Tuesday where you receive 3 tacos, either chicken or beef, with either a hard, soft or fried shell. The soft and fried shells are an additional $1 upcharge but worth the money.

Along with the weekly specials, La Costa Mexicana offers a large variety of Mexican dishes at different price points. There are spicy items on the menu as well as mild items available for those who may not enjoy heat. They serve typical Mexican dishes such as different tacos, burritos, quesadillas, chimichangas and enchiladas. Additionally, they serve seafood dishes, salads and combo plates. Most of their dishes contain meat but they have vegetarian options on their menu. Depending on the menu item you choose, entrees range from about $8-13. Their dessert menu includes items such as churros, sopapillas and Mexican ice cream. La Costa serves a variety of alcoholic beverages, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. 

The homemade chips and salsa is a great appetizer and tastes amazing. I would recommend ordering the guacamole, it was very fresh and tasty. The spinach white cheese dip is also very good. I ordered the soft shell chicken tacos and was pleased with the delicious taste and great deal. The tacos had chicken, lettuce and cheese – I added salsa to mine. One order of tacos was very filling as they’re decently sized. Although the tacos were simple, the flavor was pretty good considering the price point. 

I ordered the chicken tacos with a soft shell pictured above alongside the homemade chips and salsa.

Several Jewell students have frequented La Costa Mexicana and enjoyed their experience. 

“I really enjoyed the fresh warm chips and tasty salsa, I would recommend La Costa’s to a friend!” said Alaina Flory, first-year Oxbridge molecular biology major.

“I liked the fried tacos more than the soft-shelled ones, and I would recommend them, but the salsa was my favorite,” said Krista Halstead, first-year Oxbridge literature & theory and communications major.

I enjoyed the fun atmosphere of La Costa, with their Mexican-inspired decor and friendly staff. It’s a great place to visit with friends, and there’s lots of seating available for large parties. I’ve always had great and prompt service at La Costa Mexicana. I would recommend Jewell students take advantage of the specials and the student discounts. Overall, La Costa Mexicana provides tasty Mexican food at a great price, and I would recommend giving it a try. If you want to learn more about La Costa Mexicana you can visit their Facebook page or visit their website.

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