Ginas Mexican Café Nanaimo

Ginas Mexican CafeGina's Mexican Café, 47 Skinner St., is Nanaimo's top choice for quesadillas, tacos, burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, fajitas, and chili relleno. Housed in a brightly painted old house above the historic courthouse downtown, they've been dishing out Tex-Mex specialties since 1984. Gina's “sunset terrace” in the three rooms facing Mount Benson offers great views of the city. The whole place is overflowing with Aztec charm, from the coloured lights strung along the ceiling to the fancy sombreros hanging from the walls and the plastic tablecloths and flowers on the 20 tables. Lively ranchero music beams down from the speakers.

As you enter, check out the specials of the day listed on a blackboard by the door. There's lots for vegetarians, with the emphasis on corn and beans. The food here is seasoned to please gringos, so speak up if you want it spicier. It all goes better with a margarita or Corona. Gina's Mexican Café opens Monday to Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, Friday 11 am to 10 pm, Saturday noon to 10 pm, and Sunday noon to 8 pm. There's free parking next to the building after 5 pm.

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