Santa Fe Southwestern Grill's menu draws inspiration from both sides of the Tex-Mex border, concocting hearty eats with all-fresh ingredients. Submerge talkative tortilla chips in a telepathy-silencing pool of peppery Southwestern Con Queso cheese dip ($3.99–$6.79) before training your tractor beams on the eatery's specialty fajitas. Diners select a hunger-appropriate pile of grilled chicken, steak, or combination of the two, then wrap the savoury protein in warm flour tortillas, sautéed spanish onions and bell peppers, homemade guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and iceberg lettuce (from $14.95 for 1/4 lb. to $36.95 for a full pound).
Cuisine Type: Canadian comfort food
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Poutine, sandwiches, and salads
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: We offer large portions, high quality fresh food, and amazing customer service.
Q&A with Elie, Owner
Do you adhere to any sustainable or eco-friendly practices?
We use recyclable containers and we recycle in all of our stores.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We offer some of the biggest portions around made with fresh, local products.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Our creative menu is balanced to satisfy all palates, and includes vegetarian and gluten-free options.
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