Menifee Foodie: Carnitas Express Earns a 4-Star Review

By Malissa Meeks

Today I decided to check out the Mexican food options in Menifee. Most Mexican restaurants seem to be the same to me, but when you find a bad one, it can be miserable. Fortunately, I had some good Mexican food at Carnitas Express.

Carnitas Express is located at 26900 Newport Road in Menifee. It is in a strip mall but is a large location. The Health Department rating is an “A”.

I went during lunch and was very pleased with the lunch menu. There are about 10 items on the lunch menu and all cost less than $6. The menu at Carnitas Express also includes a large breakfast menu, salads, a very large Mexican menu and some American items.

My daughter, who recommended the restaurant, ordered their grilled chicken salad and it was beautiful and delicious. The lettuce was crisp, the chicken was tender and everything on the salad was very fresh. The salad included garlic toast and it was also delicious.

I had the cheese enchilada with rice and beans. It was a fairly large enchilada. It was very cheesy. The beans were fresh and the rice was very good. Every table is served chips and salsa. The salsa was very good. They have a salsa and pepper bar as well.

The service was good. We were greeted immediately and taken to our table.

Carnitas Express has Taco Tuesday, where ground beef, shredded beef, and chicken tacos are $1.49 each all day. On Wednesday, kids eat free with an adult entrée purchase.

On Friday, there is a Mariachi band from 6-9 p.m. The band performs in the bar as well as strolling through the dining room and performs at your table. Breakfast is served all day.

Carnitas Express has been in Menifee for 16 years. I give Carnitas Express 4 spoons.

If you know of a restaurant in Menifee that you would like me to try, please respond to this article.

Malissa Meeks is a mother of seven who knows her way around the kitchen. By her estimate, she has prepared more than 42,000 meals over the years. She also knows what she likes in a good restaurant. Her column appears here each week. Leave comments here or email them to


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