Memorial Day Weekend Fun at the Lake of the Ozarks

Memorial Day Weekend brings a LOT of people to the lake area. That's no surprise because there are tons of fun things to do around here and a 3-day weekend lets you pack in a lot of excitement! Mexicali Blues decided to help you out by listing a few of the awesome things you might want to check out over the holiday weekend. 

Celebrate With Us
We're so excited about the upcoming holiday weekend at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican Restaurant, we're going to be open an extra day!!! We usually open at 11:30 am every Tuesday-Saturday, but this weekend we'll be open on Sunday too! That gives you more time to fit in lots of lake area fun AND still have the time to enjoy plenty of your favorite Mexican dishes and margaritas. Whether you're in the mood for lunch, dinner, cocktails, or all of the above, we'll be here ready for you.  

Watch the Fireworks
Memorial Day Weekend fireworks displays will be happening once the sun sets on both Saturday and Sunday evenings. There's…

Chips, Dips, & MORE! Check Out Our Awesome Appetizers

When you come into our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant, you expect to begin your meal with a bowl full of freshly made, crisp tortilla chips and our famous salsa. You probably even plan to order some cheese dip to enjoy while you look over the menu. We can definitely take care of you when it comes to those delicious items, but if you take a closer look at the appetizer section at Mexicali Blues, you'll see that we can do even more! 

Our appetizer menu is filled with all kinds of flavorful creations that are perfect for sharing before lunch, dinner, or a few margaritas with friends. On their own, many of these appetizers can even be ordered as your main meal. (Your friends can get their own in this case!) 

Here's an even more interesting idea. Everyone at the table can order a whole bunch of appetizers and dine buffet-style at your own table! That's the best way to try lots of our appetizers at once. However you decide to indulge in this portion of our fantastic menu, h…

5 Ways To Make Mom Feel Special This Mother's Day

Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 13, which means it's time to let that special lady know exactly how you feel about her. Possibly ladies, plural, if you have a step-mom, mother-in-law, grandmother, or someone else you would like to honor too. 

The hardest part about coming up with a Mother's Day gift is the fact that moms usually seem to have everything they want or need already. Mexicali Blues did some thinking, and we've come up with 5 ideas that may be perfect for your mother.    

Let Her Sleep In
One gift that just about anyone would love is the chance to stay in bed late and not worry about anything. Make sure that Mom has everything that she needs close at hand the night before so she doesn't have to get out of bed. Some ideas could be magazines, books, the TV remote, scented candles, or anything that you know she enjoys and will help to relax her.

Once you know she's awake, bring in a special breakfast in bed for her. Get everyone else to the other side of t…

It's Cinco De Mayo Time! Check Out Some Fun Facts About This Fantástico Fiesta

Our Mexican restaurant is gearing up to throw the best Cinco de Mayo party at the Lake of Ozarks! Since it falls on a Saturday this year, everyone has the freedom of a weekend to celebrate as hard as they like with us at Mexicali Blues, with an entire day on Sunday to "recover." (Because you'll be tired from dancing all night long, of course!) 

Fiesta at Mexicali Blues
As you may already know, we love to have fun every day at Mexicali Blues, but on Cinco de Mayo, we turn up the fun factor as high as it can possibly go, and then add one more notch to that! Beginning at 11 am on Saturday, May 5, 2018, we'll have incredible food, drink, and shot specials in store for you, and those specials will be going on all day long. 

We'll take the party to the patio at dinnertime with amazing live music from "Cuz I Said So" from 6:30-9:30 pm. There'll be free chips & our famous salsa all around (as usual) plus the best Mexican food and margaritas at the Lake of …

The Reason Cinco de Mayo is a Cause For Celebration

Cinco de Mayo is a day set aside for celebrations, great food, and of course, tequila! Our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant excitedly looks forward to the 5th of May each year, as do all of our wonderful patrons. Do you actually know how Cinco de Mayo came to be a holiday? Your friends at Mexicali Blues in Osage Beach have the story for you in today's blog. 

NOT Mexican Independence Day
Many mistakenly believe that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day, but that holiday is actually on September 16. The events that established their Independence Day happened about 50 years before Mexico's victory at the Battle of Puebla, which is the cause for celebration on Cinco de Mayo. They may not have won the war, but winning this battle in 1862 gave Mexican citizens a sense of unity and the hope and inspiration that they needed to keep fighting. 

Battle of Puebla
Due to the previous wars that Mexico had been involved in, the country's treasury was nearly bankrupt in 1861. T…

15 Fun Facts About Mexican Food

The delicious food that we serve at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant comes from age-old recipes with rich and interesting backgrounds. Today's blog has a few fun facts about Mexican food in general, and many of the dishes discussed below can be found right here at Mexicali Blues

#1 - Many traditional Mexican recipes came from the Aztecs and the Mayans.
#2 - The majority of Mexican foods that we favor today were influenced by Spain. When the Spaniards began moving into Mexico, their influence changed some of the Mexican food recipes slightly by introducing their own seasonings and ingredients.
#3 - Tomatoes, the main ingredient in salsa, actually originated in Mexico. They were first cultivated by the Aztecs and Incas as early as 700 A.D.

#4 - The first version of salsa was made from tomatoes, chilies, and ground squash seeds, and Aztec lords ate it with turkey, venison, lobster, and fish. Mexicali Blues salsa is made from all-natural ingredients, including tomato, peppers, …

Our Delicious Dishes That You Can Only Get At Lunchtime

Mexicali Blues in Osage Beach is open every Tuesday-Saturday at 11:30 am. While we serve the best Mexican food at the Lake of the Ozarks all day long, there are a few specialty items that are only available for lunchtime between 11:30 am-4 pm. 

What is Lunch?  Obviously, it's the meal you eat midday between breakfast and dinner, but we looked a little deeper to find out more about this particular feast. The word "lunch" is actually an abbreviation of the word "luncheon." It originally indicated a small snack that was eaten at any time of day. At some point in the 20th century, the meaning of lunch changed slightly to a small or mid-sized meal eaten at midday. 
The main meal of the day during the Middle Ages happened late in the morning following several hours of work. During the 17th-18th centuries, this meal was gradually pushed back until later in the day, leaving a space in the middle of the day where people needed something to eat to tide them over. In the 19t…