Thursday, November 22, 2007

Mexican Food Factory, Marlton

If you're looking for authentic Mexican food in an authentic Mexican atmosphere, look no further than this "dive-looking" spot on Route 70 in Marlton, adjacent to Staples & Lukoil on Cropwell Road. The Mexican Food Factory is a legit restaurant in a seedy looking building. Don't judge a book by its cover!

From the handmade floor tiles featuring the occasional dog or chicken footprint, to the bowls of chips and dips you can order, you'll feel like you've escaped on a trip South of the Border. The food, while not exactly cheap but also not overly expensive (expect to pay about $50 for two people), will fill you up and help you erase the bad memories of going into a Taco Bell after a late-night post-drink fest.

This restaurant would be a fun place to go on a date, though like any Mexican food you'll have to pay attention to what you eat for obvious reasons! The bar is well stocked and serves as a comfortable social area when you first walk in the door. This joint also serves as a great stopover point after shopping at the Promenade and then heading back to Philly.

And for those of you wondering how to get there from Philly and points West on Route 70, you can turn left onto Cropwell and get thru to the parking lot via the Staples parking lot rather than driving past it and doing a U-turn at the ShopRite shopping center further down. Just a tip for my fellow weary travelers!

Note that the Factory can get to be quite bustling on weekend nights (and the lot is often full on weekday nights too), so try calling ahead to help you get seated faster.

Give them a ring on el telefono at (856) 983-9222.


Huck said...

We love the MFF. I have been a patron since it opened many years ago. Every time I return to New Jersey, I stop there for a meal. My friends from Philly and the Western Suburbs used to only cross the bridge for Sagami (in Collingswood), but they will make the trip for the MFF as well.

Anonymous said...

If you are looking for Taco Bell in a sit down restaurant, this is the place to go. If you want real Mexican food...steer clear. The service was shoddy and the meat in the fajitas was way undercooked. The burrito is no where near a real burrito and oddly enough tasted just like the enchilada which had the familiar taste of Taco Bell sauce. The rice was bland but yellow...that doesn't make it Mexican. The refried beans didn't have an ounce of flavor. All I can say is if you have ever had real Mexican food, you'll wonder why this restuarant doesn't call it sell the Taco Bell Food Factory. Look for a restaurant that is more authentic..La Esperanza!