Mekenita Mexican Grill

17623 N. Dale Mabry Hwy
Lutz, Florida 33548


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Mucho gusto! Bienvenido! Chef Rand and Tiffani Packer proudly welcome you to an exciting new dining experience - Mekenita Mexican Grille. A restaurant unlike any other in the Tampa Bay area, Mekenita is the happy result of Rand and Tiffani's talent, energy, and passion for Mexican cuisine. Inspired by Oaxacan traditions and fresh Pacific ingredients, Mekenita Mexican Grille's unforgettable flavors, warmly colored rich decor, and impeccable service evoke Mexico's "mi casa es su casa" attitude.

Rand grew up surfing the waves of Southern California and traveled often to Mexico enjoying food from street vendors and restaurants "off the beaten path" - for Rand, the best way to learn authentic Mexican cuisine. Oaxaca, one of Rand and Tiffani's favorite locales (and one of Rand's favorite spots for surf), inspired many of Mekenita's dishes. Chef Rand's unique ingredients - passion fruit, ginger, pasilla chilies, and mole negro sauce, for example – distinguish his singular dishes prepared fresh daily. Along with its bountiful fresh salsa bar, Mekenita offers uncommon enticements such as hand pressed Corn Tortillas, Wahoo Fish Tacos, Smoked Pork Sopes, Mekenita Grande Burrito, Aqua de Frescas (fresh fruit juices) and Paletas (Mexican popsicles). Mekenita Mexican Grille is dedicated to quality, freshness, and guest satisfaction.

Upon graduation from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Rand moved to Hawaii to study "Hawaiian Fusion" at its best with renowned chef Roy Yamaguchi. After 10 years with the Roy's team, as Executive Chef and Partner in Tampa, Rand is embarking on a new restaurant adventure that nurtures his culinary genius and rewards all Mekenita's guests.

Rand and Tiffani Packer opened their first Mekenita Mexican Grille at Van Dyke Commons in 2007. You're invited to join them at their new "casa" for authentic cuisine you'll crave - mi casa es su casa!

Mekenita Mexican Grille, Pacific Fresh Mexican

2012 Award Winner: Best Mexican
"The voters have spoken and the results are in." Mekenita Mexican Grill was voted Best Mexican.
Published June 2012
Tampa City Voter

Mekenita Mexican Grille, Real Grande
...clearly something about Mexican cuisine that attracts theAmerican palate.
Published October 28 2009
By Jay Winchester

Modern meets Mexican at this hip, little cantina
This casually trendy cantina's Pacific-influenced Mexican fare hits the spot...
Published January 21, 2009
By Natalie Shultz

Skateboarder dishes up fresh, relaxed dining
The former executive chef of Roy's goes casual with Mekenita Mexican Grille.
Published July 13, 2007
By Elizabeth Miller

Crispy Homemade Petite Tortilla Sopes ("pies")

citrus Grilled Chicken & Pineapple Plantain Nachos

Smoked Chicken Black Beans "Eggrolls"

Mekenita Grande Burrito

Smoked Pork Enchiladas

Restaurant Interior