Santa Fe Mexican Grill: A User’s Guide
Guadalajara-Style Mexican Cuisine | South-of-the-Border Seafood | Family Friendly | Cantina-Style Bar | Margaritas
Appetizer: queso dip with jalapeno
Combinations: enchilada and avocado tostada, served with rice and beans
Burrito: the Vallarta burrito, with shrimp, scallops, and octopus sauteed with bell peppers, red onions, crushed red chiles and white wine, then topped with avocado, cheese, and pico de gallo
Vegetarian: quesadilla vegetariana, with melted cheese and sauteed veggies, topped with sour cream, guacamole, onions, and tomatoes
Seafood: crab enchiladas covered in green sauce and monterey jack cheese
Dessert: churros, flan, or deep-fried ice cream
Where to Sit: The open, bright dining area seats up to 80 people, and is styled after a traditional Mexican eatery. For the adults, there’s also a bar area the evokes more of a cantina vibe.
When to Go: happy hour (Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), which features $3 Coronas, $4.50 margaritas, and $3.50 well drinks. Otherwise, head in for lunch to enjoy 1 of 18 combos, such as huevos rancheros or chimichangas, with rice and beans for $8.50.
Mole: there are many regional varieties of this rich sauce, but chilies, spices, and mexican chocolate are the most common ingredients. It’s typically served atop poultry or pork.
Reposado tequila: tequila that's aged 2–12 months in oak barrels that turn it a light amber color. It's more mellow than blanco and is also often used in mixed drinks.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: the carne asada at El Toreador Mexican Restaurant (7845 Leary Way NE, Redmond, WA), which also features a full bar stocked with plenty of tequila.