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Haydee’s Restaurant’s husband-and-wife owners, Mario and Haydee Vanegas, bring a taste of their native El Salvador to a menu of sizzling fajitas, stuffed burritos, and shrimp dishes prepared fresh daily. The fajitas burrito’s flour tortilla enshrouds marinated beef, onions, green peppers, and refried beans ($8.99), creating a jaw workout more enjoyable than chewing on an eraser, and the chicken fajitas sizzle amid pico de gallo and beans ($11.95). The dining room’s beach mural generates daydreams about synchronized swimming with dolphins as diners nosh on Salvadoran treats such as camarones entomatados—shrimp sautéed with tomato sauce—that shares table space with rice and salad ($12.50). 10 deep-fried beef taquitos ($5.75) or 10 barbecue wings ($9.95) can be shared in between spins on the dance floor as live music reverberates throughout the eatery most nights. Karaoke Sundays also mix song and feast, offering patrons the opportunity to belt out their favorite tune or latest audit report.
In 1988, Haydee and Mario Vanegas realized their lifelong dream of owning and running their own restaurant. With Mario running the kitchen and Haydee manning the bar, the entrepreneurial duo share the flavors of Mexico through a menu that puts traditional fare, such as sizzling shrimp and steak fajitas, alongside American classics, such as buffalo wings. Live music plays throughout the week, a dance floor hosts leg-shakers, and Sunday karaoke sessions let crooners exhibit their golden pipes as they sing through a medley of all national anthems.