What You May Not Have Known About Tequila

At Mexicali Blues, we love a good margarita, so of course, we love tequila! Lake of the Ozarks' best Mexican restaurant features several delicious specialty cocktails that feature this spirit, so we wanted to take a closer look at the history of tequila. Here are a few things you may not have known about our favorite spirit.

What Makes A Tequila, Tequila

Much like bourbon, tequila distillers have a very strict set of rules they must follow. They include making sure that each bottle is made in the proper location, from the correct ingredients and that Reposado and Anejo versions are aged for the right amount of time.

The Spanish Invasion

While there are many theories on how the agave distillation began, but the most common theory involves the Spanish invasion and primitive mud stills. The parched Spaniards were starting to run out of their beloved brandy, so they had to improvise with mud and agave, essentially creating what is now known as mezcal. In the mid-1500s, the Spanish gover…

Fun Facts About Lobster For Lobster Day!

June 15 is National Lobster Day and there is no better way to celebrate than with some of our famous lobster tacos! Two fried lobster tacos with lettuce, cheese, cilantro and ranch dressing served with rice. Are you hungry yet? Because it's National Lobster Day, Lake of the Ozarks' best Mexican restaurant wanted to learn a little bit more about this delicacy, so here are 9 facts you may not have known about lobster.

1. The American or Maine lobster is found in the Atlantic Ocean and has large, meat claws. Spiny lobster species, such s the California spiny have large, spiny antennae, but no large claws.

2. A lobster's nervous system is very similar to that of grasshoppers and ants, so they are often referred to as bugs.

3. The lobster's largest claw is called the crusher claw and it can exert pressure of up to 100 pounds per square inch. This claw looks like it has molars because it's used to break up anything hard like crabs, clams, mussels. The other smaller claw …

What People Are Saying About Mexicali Blues!

When you're looking for authentic Mexican food at the Lake of the Ozarks, come to Mexicali Blues! We opened our doors in 2000, and have been delivering the area's freshest and finest Mexican cuisine ever since. So many of our menu items are a must try! Don't just take our word for it, here are what other people are saying about Lake of the Ozarks' best Mexican restaurant.

"I would have never thought I liked "fish tacos" of any kind until I went to Mexicali Blues and had their lobster tacos. They are the best! It's the only thing I order every time I go there plus the margaritas of course! Do yourself a favor and get the lobster tacos!!" ~ CoffeeGirl24 St. Louis, MO

"We ate here today and had great food. l love seafood and the seafood enchiladas were amazing. My husband's fajitas were also great. If you go there ask for the chili con queso with added ground beef. It's fantastic" ~ TripAdvisor Member

"My wife and I come her…

Pair Your Mexicali Blues Favorites With Tequila!

We've all heard that different wines tend to complement certain entrees. However, did you know that certain tequilas also pair well with different entrees? These days, the process of making tequila is just as involved as a fine wine, so why not treat it as one? The next time you enjoy a nice tequila at Mexicali Blues, here are a few entree options that will pair well.

Silver Tequila

Silver Tequila is also known as Blanco Tequila. It's usually a clear liquor that is made out of  100% blue agave and is not aged. Silver tequila has a strong flavor of the blue agave plant. Silver tequila is best paired with lighter flavors, such as seafood. This tequila is best paired with a first-course meal. Citrus flavorings also pair well with tequila. Here are a few suggestions off the Mexicali Blues menu:

Chips & Salsa - Our homemade salsa features fresh ingredients that would bring out the true flavors of the agave.

Guacamole - Our guacamole is made fresh daily with real avocados.

Mexicali …

5 Reasons To Join Mexicali Blues For Happy Hour

Summer is just around the corner, which means the season of margaritas is upon us! Luckily, you can get your fix at the best Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. We have a bunch of tasty specialty margaritas. In addition, you can also enjoy some of our margaritas during our Happy Hour. Tuesday - Friday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM enjoy specials on beer and margaritas when you visit Mexicali Blues. Check out these five reasons to visit the best Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks for Happy Hour.

1. Unwind After A Long Day Of Work

There's nothing better after a long day of work than a nice cold beer. However, when you visit Mexicali Blues you can also enjoy a margarita! Whether you enjoy them on the rocks or frozen, it's a great way to relax and unwind during the summer (or any season for that matter!). In addition to unwinding after a long day of work, you could also enjoy Happy Hour with the people you work with. Grab some co-workers and bring them to Mexicali Blues! …

Our Favorite Way To Celebrate Salsa Month!

May is known as National Salsa Month, and at Mexicali Blues, twe love fresh, spicy salsa! When you enjoy a meal or drinks at Mexicali Blues, you will be served some of our homemade salsa and chips before you dig into your meal or sip on your margarita (or any other of our tasty cocktails!) Our salsa has become so popular that we started bottling it up and selling it!

Mexicali's Own Salsa!

When you come into Mexicali Blues, you can munch on chips and salsa before enjoying your entree. Our salsa became so popular that we began bottling our homemade salsa. The 16 oz. jars include the original, "XXX" Hot and Salsa Verde, with more products to come. The salsas are flying off the shelves at nearly 75 grocery outlets in Missouri! The robust taste of Mexico is brought out in Mexicali Blues salsa with a combination of the zesty flavors of tomato, peppers, onions, garlic and other fresh ingredients. There are no preservatives in this palette sensation.

From our kitchen to yours, we…

How We Celebrate Shrimp Day

May 10 is National Shrimp Day! Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood, and this is the day to celebrate this delicious seafood. At Mexicali Blues, we have many tasty Mexican dishes that feature shrimp. Take a peek at what you can order at the best Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks to celebrate National Shrimp Day.


Fajita Shrimp - 12 sauteed shrimp served over onions & peppers.

Quesadilla - 2 flour tortillas stuffed with meat & cheese. Enjoy with fajita chicken, steak or shrimp.


Mexicali - Mixed greens, cranberries, tomatoes, egg, candied walnuts, cheese, tortilla strips, Cilantro ranch, Italian or honey mustard. Enjoy with chicken or shrimp.


Shrimp or Grouper Tacos - 2 sauteed shrimp or grouper tacos with lettuce, cheese, cilantro & ranch dressing. Served with rice.

Chipotle Dinner - Grilled chicken, steak, shrimp or grouper served on a bed of rice and covered with our chipotle sauce. Grilled onions & peppers, mini quesadilla and …