Salem doesn't seem like the kind of place that you could get good Mexican food. Especially at a sit down restaurant. What I have found is that Salem has a lot of them but few are really good. Cozumel Family Mexican Restaurant in the Roth's shopping center on south Liberty is one place in town that is consistently good. They have a number of tasty choices on the menu that are on the lighter side. I really liked the Enchiladas de Espinica for $8.95. I'd never heard of enchiladas filled with spinach and mushrooms before and thought it was a great alternative to meat or cheese. Like many dinners I've eaten here, I went away feeling very satisfied with the quality and portion size. The server greeted our table with a very genuine smile and got the chips and salsa going quickly. Most of the dinners on the menu are between $8 and $15. For as good as this place is, there isn't much of a crowd. It might be that it's location has fewer traffic than Commercial St. or downtown. If you haven't been to Cozumel yet, it's worth a try. I'll bet that you find it comparable to La Hacienda and better than almost anywhere else in town.
4405 Liberty Rd S
Salem, OR 97302
Reviewed on 6/27/07
A Jalisco style Mexican restaurant, Cozumel offers a variety of tasty dishes and welcoming atmosphere. Located in the Roth's parking lot on Liberty and Cunningham, Cozumel, formerly Ixtapa, has been at this location for seven years. $8.95 for the special tonight, carnitas de pollo served with warm corn tortillas. With onions, green peppers and strips of chicken breast, this savory dish seems less fattening then other items on the menu. Try anything that they serve and you will be satisfied and full at the end of the meal.
Cozumel has become a favorite with my family because of the fun tropical decor. Your eyes wander around the dining room in search of birds hidden in palm trees and sun ornaments hung throughout. Don't forget to get your picture taken with your friends and a sombrero. There's a funny montage by the front door of customers wearing the large Mexican hats. You might see someone you know.