186. Mexicano Grille
After a long day at work, I like to eat out and one of my favorites types of food is Mexican. Almost a year ago, I discovered the Mexicano Grille in Jarrell. It is kind of set back from the highway behind a truck stop but it is very nice inside and has consistently great food.
On Friday nights the Mexicano Grille has a Mariachis band and it really makes me think I'm in Mexico. My favorite thing to get is the guacamole that they prepare fresh right at your table in a molcajete bowl (although it is a plastic molcajete). It is called the Live Guacamole and is prepared with 3 avocado halves, lime, diced onion, jalapeno, tomatoes and cilantro. This is great as a meal all by itself for one or an appetizer for two.
The molcajete is stone tool that is the Mexican version of the mortar and pestle. The word molcajete is derived from the Nahuatl word mulcazitl and has been in use by pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican cultures stretching back several thousand years. Traditionally the tools were carved out of a single block of volcanic basalt. The molcajete is typically round in shape and supported by three short legs and frequently decorated with the carved head of an animal on the outside edge of the bowl, giving it the appearance of a short, stout, three-legged animal. The matching hand-held grinding tool is known as a tejolote.
Molcajetes are used to crush and grind spices, prepare salsas and guacamole. The rough surface creates a superb grinding surface that maintains itself over time. Molcajetes are know to "season" much like a cast iron skillet, carrying flavors from one preparation to another.
Mexicano Grille has specials all week long: Tuesdays they offer $.99 Margaritas, Wednesdays senior dinners are 15% off, Mon.-Thurs. happy hour is from 4-7 p.m. on all flavors of Margaritas and House Margaritas, all draft beer and Margaritas are 1/2 price (except for Top Shelf), Sunday you can get Mexican Martinis and Bloody Mary's for $3 all day.
They have one of the most extensive menus that I have seen anywhere. It is difficult to make a choice and I have never been disappointed by my choice whether it was chicken, seafood, pork, beef or vegetarian. Service is fast and friendly and prices are very reasonable. It has never been crowded so we are seated quickly. It is nice for a change from some of the nearby locations for Mexican food that are always crowded.
The Mexicano Grille has several locations in Temple, Waco, Copperas Cove, Mexia, Belton and Palestine. "Like" them on Facebook and you can find out about events and offers!
Location: Mexicano Grille
205 Sonterra Blvd.
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