Authentic mexican cuisine since 1964

Owned by the rodger "taco" James family


Our History

Located in Columbus, The Mexican Kitchen offers a unique Mexican cuisine that has been passed down for generations.

we've got the sauce


Woodrow and Alicia James opened The Mexican Kitchen in May of 1964 on 15th street across from the MSCW campus. In August of 1976, the restaurant moved to it's current location at 400 highway 182 east. After Woodrow's passing in 1982, Alicia took over the restaurant until her retirement in 1999. Since then, Rodger "Taco" James, has been working with his family to offer a lasting tradition of working-class Mexican cuisine and recipes that have been passed down for generations. Taco is currently serving his fourth generation of customers.

A staple in the Columbus restaurant culture, The Mexican Kitchen has become known for their hand-rolled tamales, all-encompassing small, medium, and large plates, and their notorious hot sauce. The James family prides themselves in their homemade recipes, and fosters a genuine family-style atmosphere in their establishment. 

Photo courtesy of The Commercial Dispatch

Photo courtesy of The Commercial Dispatch


(662) 328-4441



400 Hwy 182 East
Columbus, Mississippi



Tues-Sun 5p–9p

Kind words from some of our amazing customers

This is the place to go if you want REAL Mexican food. The food is just beyond delicious and the sauce they have on the...

Posted by Cathy Oswalt on Friday, May 1, 2015

Best Mexican Food I've ever eaten! Feel right at home every time I walk through the door!! Great food, service and sauce!! ❤️

Posted by Dana Watson Hudgens on Friday, March 20, 2015

I've grown up eating here with family and friends pretty often because it is the best Mexican food around! The food is...

Posted by Elizabeth Claire on Saturday, May 30, 2015


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Hot tamales by the dozen, just in time for game day.

Let us take care of your tailgating season catering with our exclusive authentic, hand-rolled Tailgate Tamales, available for order now. 


Minimum order of 3 dozen, must order at least 7 days in advance.

Each order includes 1 Classic Sqeeze Bottle of Mexican Kitchen Hot Sauce

- 3 dozen 1/4lb Tailgate Tamales - $75 + tax

- 6 dozen 1/4lb Tailgate Tamales - $100 + tax

- 9 dozen 1/4lb Tailgate Tamales - $125 + tax



+ Pt of Mexican Kitchen Hot Sauce- $12 + tax

+ Qt of Mexican Kitchen Hot Sauce- $22 + tax

+ 1 doz 1/4lb Tailgate Tamales - $19.95 + tax

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Tuesday - Sunday 5p–9p




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400 Highway 182 East

Columbus, MS 39702



Tuesday - Sunday 5p–9p