Red Mesa Grill

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1544 US 31 N, Traverse City, Michigan, USA, 49686

Serves meat, vegan options available. Has separate vegan, vegetarian and gluten free menus available on request. Full bar with happy hour Mon-Sun 3-7pm. Offers a frequent diner club program. Wi-fi. Located one-half mile east of the state park. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-4:00pm, Mon-Sat 4:00pm-11:00pm, Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Beer/Wine, Latin American, Non-veg

Reviews (13)

First Review by ShawnMcElmurry

Not bad - Edit

I got the wild mushroom enchiladas. It was decent. About what you'd expect of Mexican food in northern Michigan. I've lived in Texas for 20 years so I'm sure my view is schewed. Fun place and great service. It was a Saturday night during the busy season.

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Vegan Menu - Edit

I agree that it's nice to have a separate vegan menu. However, the options are few.
I had the black bean taco. Not a taco, more like beans on a tortilla. Also not a value. My wife had the enchilada from regular menu. For $1. more got twice the plate.
I am a "new vegan" still evaluating this way of eating. I think I will make some exceptions in this restaurant in the future. Like a fish taco and/or a cheese addition to a bean burrito.
By the way Red Mesa is Southwestern as opposed to Mexican. For excellent Mexican go across town to Spanglish. I have yet to try any of the veggie options but I'll bet they will be great. Might be my next review.

Pros: varied general menu, ambience, wait staff

Cons: black bean taco

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Super awesome!! - Edit

There's an entirely separate menu for allergies and lifestyle preferences! about 10 specifically vegan meals alone and many things on the main menu could easily be modified! Chips and salsa were bomb too, and FREE ;) Loved it!

Pros: Loved not having that awkward feeling of seeming n

Cons: Little bit pricey, but 2 full meal and 2 craft bee

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Vegan and gluten free options - Edit

Had the black bean enchiladas. Very flavorful. Great salsa. Excellent service.

Pros: lots of different kinds of hot sauces

Cons: You have to ask for no cheese sprinkled on the gua

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They have an entire VEGAN menu! - Edit

It's super exciting, they have an entire vegan (and also a vegetarian) menu with great options. Was very happy!!

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not what you'd expect... - Edit

The best thing about this place is the wide variety of hot sauces you can try. However, for Mexican food, it is only mediocre at best... So much potential and great location plus disappointing food equals 2 stars- and we've eaten here on several occasions.

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Vegetable Farro Burrito - Edit

You have to specifically ask for a veg/vegan menu, but it's also specifically states on the regular menu. TONS of options for vegans! If I lived in the area, this would be a frequently attended restaurant.

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from regular customer - Edit

Excellent friendly service, with great vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options, consistently done for over several years!

Pros: great food

Cons: noisy and kid friendly in seating in the middle se

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lots of vegan items - Edit

Ask for the vegan menu and you will have lots to pick from.

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Several veggie options - Edit

They have a separate vegetarian / vegan menu. Although we could not determine if the cheeses have rennet, the wait staff was very helpful and accommodating; they brought us all the packages so we could see for ourselves (just "enzymes" were listed). We enjoyed two tasty vegan dishes. The tortilla chips were made in house and fried in a separate fryer from non-veg items. The house-made salsa was also really tasty.

Pros: Great staff, Separate veg menu / careful preparation, Fresh and tasty

Cons: Could not verify if cheeses have rennet

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Great food with plenty of veg options. - Edit

First time at Red Mesa was great even with it being a busy holiday weekend. Food was delivered hot, and we'll before we expected it considering how busy the restaurant was. Had the pineapple quesadilla as an appetizer, then the vegetable quinoa burrito. Excellent flavors! Wife enjoyed the fajitas, which was way more than either of us could eat. Price was in line with what we usually spend on a date night. Will be back when in the area.

Pros: Separate vegetarian and vegan menu. Fresh flavors

Cons: None to mention

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Great for plant based eaters - Edit

This restaurant was such a great surprise! I had the streamed vegetable burrito, my husband had the Quinoa burrito and my son had a black bean taco. Everything was fresh and delicious. I so appreciated a restaurant with an actual vegan menu. And the best part was how healthy everything was. If one of your reasons for eating a vegan diet is to improve your health, this restaurant is a great option.

Pros: separate menu, healthy vegan options, very helpful

Cons: none

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Very Vegan Friendly - Edit

How often do you find a separate menu for vegetarians and vegans? This is one of the few. Additionally, they source many of their ingredients locally, make their own tortilla chips and even make their own sour mix (huge selection of tequila). All of this makes for a delicious meal in a very family friendly environment. My wife and I tried the black bean enchiladas and the mushroom enchiladas - both were very good. The corn tortillas were perfect and we both appreciated the fresh side of steamed veggies that accompanied the enchiladas. And finally, the house (i.e. casa) margarita was very good and the cherry margarita was exceptional. A great restaurant for any palate but a wonderful restaurant for vegans. Enjoy!

Pros: separate vegan menu, good selection, fresh and local

Cons: guacamole is not vegan, not spicy

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