Posts Tagged ‘Mexican food’

Cactus Cantina,3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA

I enjoy Mexican food. Where I grew up in the SW of the USA, it was not difficult to find good, tasty food served in colourful surroundings. However, now I live in the SW across the pond, good Mexican food is much harder to find. So, it was with happiness and excitement that I returned to Cactus Cantina, 3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA.cactus-cantina-out

The first time I visited Cactus Cantina was with my friend Maureen, over twenty years ago. I have visited the restaurant almost everytime I have visited the Capital and it is with great pleasure that I was able to introduce my husband and other friends, Lisa and Bill to the restaurant I have enjoyed for so many years.cactus-cantina

Cactus Cantina was founded in December 1990 by Raul Sanchez and Luis Reyes and is a fun, engaging, casual, family-friendly restaurant serving what I think is the best Text-Mex specialties in the Washington Area. It resembles a true, authentic Tex-Mex cantina with capacity for 300 people. While it is best known for our awesome Tex-Mex menu, our restaurant also serves Cuban, Spanish, and South American dishes.

cactus-zooI even enjoy the area of the city in which Cactus Cantina is situated, past Washingto DC Zoo and near the National Cathedral. Tex-Mex fare, margaritas & a patio draw college students and families to this lively, casual spot.Washington D.C.

We started off with tortilla chips and salsa. The boys had beer while Lisa and I treated ourselves to margaritas. My husband wanted to try everything so he had the Matamoros which includes BBQ pork ribs and chicken fajitas. I am vegetarian and chose the vegetarian burrito platter.cactus-cantina-saddle

We had a wonderful evening: great service, fun environment and excellent food. For a good evening with old friends, I highly recommend Cactus Cantina in Washington DC.

Valerie Penny



Las Delicitas IV, 19553 Mainstreet, Parker, Colorado 80138, USA

Las D outMy friends, my husband and I were enjoying a visit to the lovely town centre of  Parker, Colorado, USA. In the evening, we decided to stop for dinner instead of having to cook when we got home. Our friends suggested Las Delicitas IV, they had eaten there before and enjoyed it. This hidden gem has real authentic Mexican food. The food was pretty inexpensive and the service was fast so despite that recommendation, my husband and I did not have high expectations. We were wrong. The food was delicious! This is a bare-bones, family-owned local chain spot that serves delicious food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.Las D in

The decoration is simple but everything in Las Delicitas IV is spotlessly clean. Everyone in the kitchen had a hairnets. You could see them from the dining room. Also the members of staff were all friendly and helpful. We experienced great customer service. This really made us feel valued as guests: it was so good. Access for disabled people or those with mobility problems is easy too.

Las D foodFood here was also excellent. The salsa was amazing, very tangy and tasty. One of our friends had a burrito and I had the guacamole tostadas. I ate some of it with a spoon so I did not miss any of the delicious guacamole. My husband had a combo and loved everything. The portions were very generous too!  The different entrees had strong unique flavors and the beans were very good too. Despite the large portions we shamed ourselves and made room for fried ice cream puddings: lovely!

Las Delicitas IV is definitely a Mexican restaurant in Parker that produces delicious food and values their customers. I highly recommend it.

Valerie Penny


Casa Mariachi, 9771 S Parker Rd, Parker, Colorado 80134, USA

IMG_0525My husband and I recently visited friends who have moved to Parker, Colorado, USA. They have a beautiful new home with a lovely outlook. One evening during our visit we all fancied going out for a Mexican meal, but did not want to travel far. They suggested Casa Mariachi in the Parker Marketplace Shopping Center. We had never been there before, but we do enjoy Mexican food and were told the restaurant has a great special on a house margarita on we were willing to give it a try.marguarita

It was mid-week, well,a Monday evening, so the restaurant was not busy but our friends did mention that it can be difficult to get in on a Friday or Saturday without a reservation.

We arrived at the brightly coloured restaurant and were shown quickly to our table by a friendly hostess. Indeed, we found everyone working there to be really friendly and helpful. We were promptly served nachos and a red salsa dip which was fine, but not magnificent. However, since this was our first time at Casa Mariachi, but, hopefully, not our last, I hope, we took our time looking at the extensive menu. I found a few things on the menu that I rarely see in other Mexican restaurants such as the “ropa vieja”. Ropa ropaVieja is Spanish for “old clothes” and is a Mexican dish consisting of beef with vegetables.

We all chose different things. I had a vegetarian burrito. it was delicious, but far too big a portion for me to finish, with my husband had a plate of beef enchiladas which was served with black beans, rice and a small portion of guacamole all were cooked very nicely. He was very hungry and thoroughly enjoyed his meal. He cleaned his plate. One of our friends had the chicken burrito while the other chose the soft tortilla. Our friends have tried many things on the menu and have not had anything that they did not enjoy. casa-mariachi

It is certainly my favorite place to get Mexican food in Parker too.  Casa Mariachi is located in an old building that used to be a burger restaurant. We were in Parker and Casa Mariachi  was recommended by our friends. However, even if it had not been so convenient, this restaurant served good food and we enjoyed eating at Casa Mariachi.

casaThe restaurant offered us great food and good service at competitive prices. Casa Mariachi was easy to find and lots of parking spaces. We had a lovely evening and will be back to try other items on this menu and highly recommend this restaurant.

Valerie Penny