The family-owned restaurant opened on Elmira Road in 2015 in the longtime home of Manos Diner, offering simple but tasty Mexican food at a reasonable price. Now the Aguirre family is nearly ready to open a quick-service spot on Dryden Road in Collegetown.
Old Mexico Express is in the spot where Mexeo closed a couple of years ago, and the new eatery has a similar counter-service setup and a similar simple menu of burritos, bowls, tacos, and quesadillas with a choice of fillings from grilled chicken or ground beef to carnitas or steak or grilled veggies.
Yes, they even have Mexican Coke made with sugar cane instead of high fructose corn syrup. There are just a few seats, so plan on take-out at busy times of the day.
Besides Mexeo, Collegetown lost That Burrito Place a couple of years ago, and Garcia’s closed on Route 13 a few years before that. In addition to Old Mexico in the southwest, Ithaca has Viva Taqueria as a downtown burrito joint, and taco trucks like Dos Amigos and the Good Truck, as well as Agava on east hill.
Look for Old Mexico Express at 111 Dryden Road or at oldmexicoithaca.com, and if you’d like a job there, stop by the original restaurant at 357 Elmira Road to apply.