The idea of the combo plate was first coined by Otis Farnsworth in the 1900s, born out of the Tex-Mex boom in his restaurant called The Original Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio. His combination of beans, rice, and an entree became known as “The Regular,” and from there, the combo plate was replicated in many restaurants. Hearty, comforting dishes influenced by Northern Mexican flavors, the combo plate spread across the nation quickly, evolving with the various tastes and preferences of the cooks who create them.

At La Mesa Mexican Restaurant, we have our own twist on the combo plate. In fact, we created an entire menu dedicated to it! Our Build-Your-Own Combo menu gives you the freedom to enjoy a number of different dishes at once and encourages diners to explore our unique menu items. Whether you’re feeling chile relleno and a tamal or an enchilada with steamed vegetables, you really can’t go wrong!

What Are My Combination Options?

Build Your Own Combination at La Mesa Mexican Restaurant

Premium Combo Items: Choose Any 3 ($9.50) or 4 ($11.50)

When you choose from our premium combo items, you can choose three or four items from the list below. Get creative with your combos! Try a cheesy Premium Enchilada, a crispy chicken taquito, and delicious Mexican rice. Or choose a savory Al Pastor taco paired with black beans, guacamole, and a cup of soup!

  • Taco (from Taqueria Corner menu)
  • Taco (Ground Beef or Shredded Chicken)
  • Burrito (Ground Beef or Shredded Chicken)
  • Chile Relleno
  • Premium Enchilada (from Entrees menu)
  • Enchilada (Ground Beef or Shredded Chicken)
  • Tamal
  • Taquito (Ground Beef or Shredded Chicken)
  • Side Dish (Lettuce, Guacamole, Sour Cream, and Pico de Gallo)
  • Side Salad
  • Tostada (Ground Beef or Shredded Chicken)
  • Tostada Chile Con Queso
  • Guacamole
  • Refried Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Charro Beans
  • Steamed Vegetables
  • Cup of Soup
  • Cheese Sauce
  • Mexican Rice
  • French Fries

Standard Combo Items: Choose Any 3 ($7.95) or 4 ($9.50)

When you choose from our standard combo items, you can choose three or four items from the list below. If you’re looking for a lighter lunch or dinner at a great price, the second combo option is perfect!

  • Enchilada (Ground Beef or Shredded Chicken)
  • Taco (Ground Beef or Shredded Chicken)
  • Taquito (Shredded Beef or Shredded Chicken)
  • Refried Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Charro Beans
  • Steamed Vegetables
  • Cup of Soup
  • Cheese Sauce
  • Mexican Rice
  • French Fries

What Are the Healthiest Combination Options?

Many diners want healthy options when dining out. La Mesa’s Build-Your-Own Combo menu has great options for healthier dishes. Here are a few ideas for healthier options in our menu:

  • Instead of refried beans and rice, opt for black beans and steamed vegetables.
  • Get the sauces on the side whenever possible. A Camaron taco (choose a soft flour or corn shell instead of the deep fried) is delicious and healthy with grilled shrimp, cabbage, and tomatoes. Opt for the cream sauce on the side and pair it with side salad!
  • Choose beans! Order a burrito or enchilada with beans instead of beef, pork, or cheese. A side of black beans is packed with fiber and is a nutritional powerhouse!
  • Our pico de gallo is fresh made and extremely healthy. Opt for this delicious salsa as a topping instead of sour cream or cheese. Guacamole is also a tasty option packed with the healthy fat found in avocados. This can be a high calorie dish, however, so use portions accordingly.
  • If you must have meat, opt for chicken in your taco instead of beef. Save on calories and still get awesome flavor!

Our Build-Your-Own Combo menu helps customers explore new dishes and enjoy their favorites all on the same plate! If you’re looking for healthy or vegetarian options in your order, building your own Mexican dish is a fantastic way to make sure you get exactly what you want!

Build-Your-Own Combo Menu

Whether you’re dining in or grabbing takeout, La Mesa Mexican Restaurant’s Build-Your-Own Combo menu lets you have it all!

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