By Leigh Bratina
Looking around Margarita Grill, one notices the hand painted Margarita paintings displayed gallery style on the walls. You begin to realize, here the Margarita is something special. But don't think the food is given a second look. At Margarita Grill the food is what is really the show stopper. Owned and operated by brothers, Javier and R.J. Jerez, it isn't unusual to find the pair strolling through the restaurant, talking to customers, making certain that the food is to the customers satisfaction. It is something that the pair find as important as the food quality and taste.
With meats cooked over mesquite wood, the food is certain to have a distinct tex-mex flavor. The menu offers both traditional and unique Tex-Mex dishes, one will find it hard deciding what to order. With choices such as Cuban Black Bean Soup ($5.25) and my favorite queso dip ($4.95) you cannot go wrong in your selection for starters.
I go to Margarita Grill when I want a good healthy meal. "Healthy?", you ask, "At a Mexican Restaurant?". YES! For a bargain price of $ 4.50, I order up the steamed vegetables. Containing green peppers, onions, carrots, squash, zucchini, mushrooms, corn on the cob and broccoli with a garlic butter on the side for dipping, the dish will have you coming back for more. The vegetables are seasoned just right and will have you returning for more.
My mother, who was my lunch companion, chose to order the Taco salad ($7.95). The Salad is a huge serving of fresh lettuce, vegetables, cheese, seasoned ground beef and a dollop of sour cream and served in a large light and crispy shell. Served with the salad is a Creamy Mexican Salad Dressing that is exceptionally good. I even enjoyed dipping my steamed vegetables in it.
My friend Randy swears by the Crazy Felipe ($15.95) which is a 7 ounce center cut marinated sirloin that is mesquite grilled to request. It is served with garlic butter, spicy sauce and mexican rice. Other Notable Choices include shiskobobs ($15.95), Margarita Grilled Tilapia Fillet ($12.95), Mesquite Grilled Chicken Breast with rice, bean and guacamole salad ($12.50)
Margarita Grill also offers a children's menu as well as a delicious dessert menu.
Happy Hour is from 3-6 pm offering specials such as, Bud light & Budweiser bottles for $1.50. Bud light draft is $.99 cents. And the famous margaritas are $4.95. Entertainment such as live music or karaoke can be found Thursday through Sunday.
234 Cahaba Valley Road
Pelham, AL 35124
Web : http://www.themargaritagrill.com/
Sunday -Thursday 11AM - 9.30 PM
Friday - Saturday 11AM - 10.30 PM
Bar stays opens till 2 am
(Pictured is Margarita Grill owner, Javier Jerez)
*Leigh is a full time mother, a part time photographer and writer. Her photography and written work is featured in several professional business and local publications. She owns her own photography business, Photographic Memories. Leigh resides in the Alabama with her three children and husband "Big Daddy". You can read more of Leigh's daily adventures by visiting any of her three blogs: Tales from Bloggeritaville , Plates and Places , as well as Photographic Memories