Thursday, March 6, 2008

Alejandro's Mexican Grill in Roanoke is a hit!

Alejandro's Mexican Grill in Roanoke is now open and is magnifico! As you know, being raised in San Diego CA instills a certain salsa in your soul. When you leave the fantastic Mexican food of Southern California, you really miss it. Just like the lobstuh in the NE, Southern CA is reknowned for its fast food taco joints and its abundance of flavor.

Well I saw in the SW Virginia CITY MAGAZINE that a new kid was in town, his name is Alejandro. He serves up a spicy salsa bar with 12 homemade varieties of salsa. Fresh and homemade,full of flavor - Did I mention fresh? Very fresh! Help yourself to the homemade tortilla chips and salsa while you await your meal. Yes fill up on them, I dare ya!

We went to Alejandro's amidst a packed out lunch crowd today, which is always a good sign.

It was myself and my skeptic parents. Mom being born and raised in San Diego and Dad living most of his adult life there really appreciate their spicy Mexican food. My parents have a thing for homemade fish tacos - Dad catches the fish himself (like Mahi Mahi) and they make some killer Baja Style Fish tacos! (Of course Fish Tacos were invented in San Diego - Trivia)

On the menu there was a great variety to choose from - including steak, grilled chicken, shredded pork, sausage, barbecue pork, steamed beef, shredded chicken, shredded beef and ground beef. Then add to that ceviche and fish tacos. I saw tortas, enchiladas, grilled plates, burritos and tacos from any meat choice.

I ordered my all time favorite carne asade taco ($1.90) and Mom had the carnitas burrito ($5.90). Both were outstanding. My taco consisted of two steamed corn tortillas, piled high with marinated piping-hot grilled beef, diced onion, cilantro and I added a little pico de gallo (which really it didn't need) this taco was muy excellente.

Mom's Carnitas burrito was California style with shredded pork, guacamole, rice, beans, sour cream, cheese, onions and plenty of flavor. She said she just couldn't add any salsa, the flavors melded together so well it was perfecto! (Mom likes to use words like 'meld')

Dad ordered a combination plate and was quite satisfied with flavor, content and quantity. Next time we try to "chee-kin in-chee-la-dahs" as the owner called them, they looked awesome! We saw lots of patrons eating the enchiladas.

Well there you have it - try it you will like it. It is WORTH the wait in line (if you arrive at lunch time). It is also worth the short drive from The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount. It is casual. You order at the counter and take a seat. They have a full bar. They have great prices and delicious food! I highly recommend Alejandro's Mexican Grill in Roanoke for lunch, dinner or a late night snack.

They are open: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 to 2 a.m. (limited menu after 10 p.m.) Friday and Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

They are located: 127 Campbell Ave., downtown Roanoke. (540) 400-7053

Drive time from the Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast is approx 20 minutes. Parking in downtown Roanoke is FREE after 5pm. Otherwise there are some paid lots nearby that are $3 per day. Alejandro's is one block from the new fabulous-soon-to-be-open Roanoke ART MUSEUM and walking distance to the O. Winston Link Museum (another highly recommended site to see in Roanoke). http://www.linkmuseum.org/, http://www.artmuseumroanoke.org/

They have a children's menu - but if you bring a kid to Alejandro's and order chicken nuggets I hope they throw them at you! Come on parents, order that kid a taco! Let them get their own chips and salsa. "LET THEM EAT SALSA"

Life is too short for bad coffee... Shellie @ The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount Virginia http://www.claibornehouse.net/