Monday, April 22, 2013

Enchiladas, Burritos & Steak! ¡Olé!

I love real, authentic Mexican food. Every time I've gone to Mexico, I always think- I could eat this everyday and be totally fine with it! Corn tortillas, tacos, enchiladas, fried plantains, horchata, it's all so good! Then I get home and it's hard to find restaurants here that are exactly what I had in Mexico. Good mole, one of my favorite things ever, is hard to find! Obviously there are good places in Mexican town, but sometimes you just want to go grab some quick tacos nearby!

Recently, a new Mexican place opened up near my home called Mojave Cantina. I drive by it everyday and watched in anticipation while it was in progress before they opened. I finally made my way there for dinner the other night with a couple of friends. Overall I was pretty happy with it. The restaurant itself is decorated nicely and the atmosphere is definitely a happy, easy going place. You can go with the family, or for a celebration or just you and your significant other for a nice dinner. The whole staff seemed very friendly and happy to be working there which always makes a huge difference.

The menu doesn't include 100% authentic Mexican food- you can get burgers and fries here. Which is nice if you have a weird person in your group that doesn't like Mexican food. I ordered the enchiladas poblanas and they were delicious! It came with rice and beans of course and was priced pretty reasonably at $9 for the big portion. They have all the classics like tacos, carne asada, chimichangas, enchiladas rojas and then some more americanized items like quesadillas and burritos. One of my friends ordered a wet burrito that looked pretty good and was a pretty good size as well. My other friend opted for the big meal option. He ordered Tampiquena which included a steak, one enchilada and one quesadilla with warm tortillas. He is not a big Mexican food fan but seemed happy with his dish as well. I will need to try the tacos next time because they serve them on corn tortillas- none of that hard shell nonsense! They also have a few dessert options. I'm not a big fan of sweets, but fried ice cream is always okay with me! They also offer sweet mollettes and sopapillas. You can check out the full menu online here.
Mojave Cantina has a full bar including Negra Modelo on tap! They are open until 11-2 everyday so even if you just feel like a good beer, you can head over to the bar.

I would recommend trying this place. I really liked my food and other people must, too, because it always seems to be busy! Coming up on April 25 they are having a tequila tasting with el Mayor tequila. It costs $20 in advance or $25 at the door and includes three samples of tequila and appetizers. They are also having their grand opening party the weekend of Cinco de Mayo so you can add this place to your list of options to try to get to on that crazy day.


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