Lexington being in the heart of horse country has the wonderful position to offer great Mexican food a thousand miles from the border. We have a plethora of Mexican restaurants here but my favorite is Jalapeño’s.
I’m usually at the Broadway restaurant, especially now with the closure of the north side one. Located in the shopping center at South Broadway and Virginia, next to Lucky’s, it’s a well established spot for many in town. A popular place for lunch, it’s a quick turnaround for those who have to get back to the office. I’ll also admit to a shot of tequila on lunch with my office mates for my birthday a few years ago.
The interior is fun and lively. Bright table tops and decorated chairs along with pictures and Mexican memorabilia decorating the walls make it a welcoming, casual place to enjoy. And enjoy I do.
Be seated and have some of the best salsa ever. It’s crushed tomatoes always tastes fresh, something I don’t know how they do in the dead of Kentucky winter. With bright cilantro and spicy chiles, the salsa is enjoyed on top of a freshly fried tortilla chip.
My favorite dish is the Spinach Enchiladas ($10.50). It’s not on the lunch menu but I get it probably 75% of the time. The enchilada is covered in red sauce, the baked to melt the cheese on top. Topped with a couple of slices of raw onion and flanked by rice and beans, this is a big dish for lunch and usually means I don’t need dinner.
My second favorite dish is the “Fish of the Day” on the lunch menu ($7.99). It says fish of the day but it’s always the same fish, a thin filet of white fish, that may be tilapia. One of these days, I’ll have to ask. The breading tastes lightly of citrus and is fried quickly to have a crisp and not greasy taste. I recommend asking to replace the salad with something else and the lettuce is usually pretty watery.
The people who work here seem like a big family. I rarely see new employee faces so they must be doing something right by their staff.
Visit Jalapeño’s for lunch or dinner. Hell, I’d be happy to go there to sit at the bar drinking cerveza and eating salsa while practicing my Spanish. Maybe I’ll see you there!