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4 Great Holiday Gift Ideas

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It's that time of year again when you have to start looking for the perfect present for everyone on your "nice" list. It can be difficult finding something you know the recipient is going to love and actually get some use out of. To help you with that search for a great gift, Mexicali Blues has a few fun ideas for you. 



A Gift Basket
You know how much you love the taste of our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant's all natural salsa full of fresh ingredients. Why not share a jar of that savory sauce with everyone else? You can buy jars of our premium salsa here at the restaurant, and you can also find it on the shelves at many grocery stores in Missouri. It is available as Original Salsa, Salsa Verde, and XXX Salsa (XXX-tra hot!) Pick up a bottle (or 2 or 3,) add a bag of tortilla chips, and put that all in a basket or gift bag with a bow. Now you have a beautiful... and delicious... gift everyone would love to receive. 

A Night Out
Give the gift of a night out with inc…

7 Fun Facts About Our Favorite Cocktail- The Margarita!

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When you are thirsty for the best margaritas at the Lake of the Ozarks, your search is bound to lead you to Mexicali Blues in Osage Beach! Not only will you find the most amazing classic margarita you've ever tasted, but we've also got a big menu full of different versions of this delicious drink to tempt your taste buds with. 

Since everyone seems to have so much fun when they visit our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant and share a margarita or two with friends, today we've come up with 7 margarita fun facts for you to enjoy. The next time you join the gang for cocktails, you can impress them with your new knowledge! 



Stories vary when it comes to the creator of the first margarita, but two of those tales involve the cocktail being named after a girl; an American socialite, Margarita Sames, or a showgirl in Tijuana, Marjorie King. (Margarita is a Spanish version of the name Margaret, which Marjorie derives from.)In 1945 the first importer of Jose Cuervo to the United St…

Get Ready For Fiesta Fridays!

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Your favorite Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant has recently added another incredible reason to make your way over here every week - Fiesta Fridays! Mexicali Blues is changing the meaning of TGIF from "Thank Goodness It's Friday" to "Thank Goodness It's FAJITAS!!!" 


Chicken Fajitas
Every Friday night, from 4-10 pm, we are offering our mouthwatering Chicken Fajitas for ONLY $9! You'll enjoy savory grilled chicken on a bed of onions and peppers, and it is served with all the fixings so that you can build your own perfect fajita: rice, beans, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, and flour tortillas. Normally this delicious dish costs $13.50, so you've got more than enough left over to indulge in our next Fiesta Friday special.   

Marvelous Margaritas
We have a drink menu filled with the best margaritas at the Lake of the Ozarks, but our House Margarita seems to be the most popular choice. This tasty cocktail makes our already-amazing Mexican food tas…

Where Did The Chimichanga Come From?

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A very popular dish at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant is the Chimichanga. We have two delicious versions of this tasty treat available for you to order at Mexicali Blues, but did you ever wonder how this yummy dish came to be? Well, wonder no longer, because we found out for you! (Kind of...) 


The Chimichanga's Possible Origins
Apparently, there are a couple of different stories about how the chimichanga became a beloved dish. The first possibility claims that the founder of Tucson, Arizona's El Charro restaurant, Monica Flin, dropped a burrito into the deep-fryer by accident back in 1922. This made her start to curse with a Spanish word that begins with "chi..." but she quickly censored herself and instead said, "chimichanga!" which is similar to the American word "thingamajig" in Spanish.  

Another tale goes that Woody Johnson claims to have created the first chimichanga in 1946 as an experiment for his restaurant, Woody's El Nido. T…

How Halloween is Celebrated in Mexico

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Halloween is just around the corner, and many of the customers at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant have been telling us all about the fun things they have planned to celebrate. Halloween is also observed in Mexico on October 31, but they stretch it out into a 3-day celebration ending with Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on November 2. All of us here at Mexicali Blues thought you might be interested in learning a little more about that. 


Halloween in Mexico
People in Mexico generally combine All Hallows' Eve on October 31, All Saints Day on November 1, and the Day of the Dead on November 2 into one big celebration. Children in Mexico dress up in costumes and go door to door asking for candy on Halloween, much like kids in the United States, but instead of saying "Trick or Treat," they shout "Queremos Halloween!" ("We want Halloween!") 

The day is also referred to as All Hallows' Eve because it falls on the day before All Saints' Day,…

Know Your Tequila - The 5 Different Types To Choose From

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There are so many different brands of tequila available, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. We offer a wide variety behind our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant bar, and our bartender is always happy to point you in the right direction. Today's blog might also be of some assistance the next time you want to try a new tequila in your Mexcali Blues margarita. 


2 Tequila Categories
The main types of tequila are split into two different categories before being divided into types: 100% Agave and Tequila Mixto. The 100% Agave is made with all Blue Agave, but Tequila Mixto only has to contain at least 51% Blue Agave in the ingredients. The other 49% is made up from other sugars, and additional things such as caramel color, oak extract flavoring, glycerin, and sugar based syrup may be used in the recipe. 

While true tequila must be made only in certain parts of Mexico, Tequila Mixto can be bottled anywhere since 2006. If a tequila is 100% Agave, it will always say so on the…

So Many Burritos To Choose From!

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We offer a wonderful variety of delicious menu items at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant, and everyone that comes in usually has a favorite one in mind. Among our most popular items is our incredible list of Mexicali Blues burritos. With 8 different kinds to choose from, it may be hard for you to narrow down a favorite! 


8 Tasty Burritos 
In Mexico, burritos often only contain meat and refried beans wrapped inside a tortilla. Here in the U.S.A., we tend to add a lot more than those two ingredients to make a burrito. This makes for some big burritos with even bigger flavor! For example, here is what the best Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks has in store for you!

Bean - A refried bean burrito topped with enchilada sauce, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and green onions.

Mexicali - A flour tortilla stuffed with refried beans & meat, smothered with enchilada sauce & cheese, then topped with lettuce, sour cream & green onions. If you like, you can upgrade to Faji…