psuCE03 (1) York, Pennsylvania | April 30, 2007| Updated August 10, 2008
I frequented Mad Mex a lot during college but during those days you don’t really look into the expensive beers. There food is always good and the atmosphere varies depending on if you are there during happy hour or not. I was really impressed with the draft and bottle selection that was available. I had Stoudts Fat Dog Stout and Victory Hop Wallop on draft and while they may not be in the correct glassware or the perfect pour, they were both highly enjoyable (especially for a total of $5 during happy hour). One of the top spots in State College IMO.
We really enjoyed this place. I thought they had a fabulous beer selection, specializing in Penn. micros, which happened to be my interest area, but also had some other very interesting stuff like Stone’s 13th anniversary on tap. How do you top that? Plenty of bottles and at least 15 taps. The bartender was knowledgeable and offered samples to cement your decisions.
Food - wise this was open breakfast lunch dinner, packed at dinner, dead at breakfast. We ate breakfast here, food was served slow and was cold. Service was decent.
Had a nice outside area and a decent non-smoking indoors area. Cranked music inside.
We will be back.
This place is decent. The food is good for lunch and dinner (breakfast is not good at all). If you go during half price lunch between 2 and 4 it’s so much more worth it. The beer slectionis good,they have a lot of local craft brews on tap and the bar is cool because it engulfs the bartenders in a circle. The service is however slow and not beer knowledgable unless you sit at the bar. I recommend either going when the food is half price or during happy hour
Went for lunch, sat outside, service was quick. Spicey steak burritio was good but we had to ask for chips for the salsa and guacamole. Beer selection was fair with a good selection of mostly local craft breweries. Would go back again.
Probably the least of this great chain in terms of ambiance. It’s located in a Days Inn which gives it a weird low rent vibe the others don’t have. Plus parking really sucks. The food is as awesome as all the locations in Pittsburgh. The beer prices suck except at happy hour,. They have a bit more crap on tap compared to other locations. Still it’s probably the best tex-mex food in this part of the state.
Nate (330) Indiana, Pennsylvania | January 26, 2004
Really good, affordable Mexican food in State College. Over 20 beers on tap, including many regional beers (DFH, Flying Fish, Stoudts, Penn, Yuengling). Good bottle selection. Wine and hard liquor, too. Nice patio in warmer weather.
Overpriced food, but decent beer selection and they do happy hours at different times and on different days. When I was there I saw Weyerbacher Hop Infusion, Stone AB/IPA, some Penn brews, some Victory, and some Chimay bottles as well. Decent enough place to grab a draft pint of good beer, but I won’t be going back a lot for their $9 burritos.
I was honestly surprised at the selection here: DFH, Weyerbacher, and a few other local favorites to offer. Honestly I never tried the food, but I always heard good things. But if you’re looking for beer don’t go on margarita night, the place is too packed.
Mad Mex is a chain that has locations at least in Pittsburgh and State College. I’m not sure exactly how big it is. Anyways, this place is really packed and crazy when Penn State is in session on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s definitely a college bar - most bars in State College are (imagine that). Beer selection is pretty decent. Also check out their gigantic margaritas.