Kids Become Mexican Food Fans at Mexicali Blues

If you're a big fan of the best Mexican food at the Lake of the Ozarks, you're going to want your kids to love it too. That way it won't be any trouble at all to convince them to pick Mexicali Blues when you pose the question, "Where should we eat tonight?

Some of the flavors in Mexican food may be a bit advanced for a young palate, but that's not a problem at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant. We have an excellent kid's menu with items that children already like, plus a few simple Mexican dishes to introduce them to our cuisine. There are also a few items on our regular menu that make for a nice "gateway food" as their taste buds get braver. 

KIDS' MEALS These meals come in child-sized portions, without a lot of extra ingredients to turn off picky eaters. 

Cheese Quesadilla

Taco - Corn shell, beef, lettuce, and cheese, served with fries.

Burrito - Bean and cheese, served with fries.

Corn Dogs - 6 minis served with fries.

Chicken Strips - …

Viva Mexico! Mexico's Independence Day Is Saturday, Sept. 16

Most people believe that when we celebrate Cinco de Mayo each May 5 at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant, that event is in honor of Mexico's Independence Day. Not so! In fact, this Saturday, September 16 is the actual celebration, also known as "Grito de Dolores" (which is Spanish for "Cry of Dolores") which is an excellent excuse to join us at Mexicali Blues for a little fun. 

Cinco de Mayo takes place to commemorate the Mexican army's victory over the French forces of Napoleon III in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. Grito de Dolores is the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence in 1810. After a decade of war, Spain's control over the country was removed, which before the war ended was known as New Spain rather than Mexico.

"Cry of Dolores" does not refer to a woman's name in this case, but the name of the city where the Mexican War of Independence began in the early morning hours of September 16, 1810. A priest named Miguel Hida…

Check Out Our Awesome Appetizer Menu!

Appetizers are great for starting a meal, stimulating your appetite just enough that you're ready for the main course. They're also perfect for those times when you're kind of hungry, but not quite enough for a full plate of food. No matter which is the case, the appetizer menu at Mexicali Blues is filled items that will deliciously satisfy whatever your needs may be. 

The appetizer menu from our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant offers dishes that are great for sharing with a table full of people. We have lots of customers that order an app to keep to themselves too, rather than choosing a lunch or dinner item. 

Another option for a smaller appetite is our ala carte menu. You can order a single Flauta, Enchilada, Chili Relleno, Taco, Tamale, or Burrito, or a side of Beans & Rice or Black Beans & Rice. Of course, an option for a larger appetite is to order more than one appetizer! Regardless of how you choose to order, here are the mouthwatering appetizers that w…

Why You Deserve A Relaxing Labor Day Weekend

Everyone is very excited about a relaxing, 3-day holiday weekend, but have you ever stopped to wonder exactly why we get this break? Labor Day is on our calendar every year as a national holiday, but when, and why, did it become one? That subject came up here at Mexicali Blues, so we decided to do a little research This is what we found out.

What is Labor Day
Obviously, it's a holiday where a lot of people get the day off of work and school, but there's a reason that it became a holiday. It is meant to be a tribute to the many contributions that American workers make every day. The hard work that we put in "making a living" helps to make our country stronger, more prosperous, and a great place to call home. We know that you work hard, so you deserve a few special days to relax and feel good about that!  

The Creation of a National Holiday
The very first Labor Day was celebrated with a parade in New York City on September 5, 1882. This was not yet a national holiday, but …

The Magnificent Margaritas at Mexicali Blues

Not only are we convinced that we serve the best margarita at the Lake of the Ozarks, but we're willing to bet we have the best variety of different kinds and flavors of margaritas in town too. Our specialty margaritas contain a marvelous mix of quality tequilas and creative mixers to give them a taste that you'll only find at Mexicali Blues. Which one should we fill your glass with? 

Our Magnificent Margarita
If you're craving a traditional house margarita, either frozen or on the rocks, we've definitely got you covered. As a matter of fact, those are one of our very best sellers! People love the classics. 

We took our drink menu a few steps further and came up with our versions of a few well-known margaritas, plus a lot of unique signature drinks that are all our own. Most of these cocktails have the tequila you'd expect with a few additional mix-ins, but we've also got a few choices for you that invite other liquors to the party, creating a wondrous flavor you&…

The Fabulous Fajita & How It Began

How do you celebrate National Fajita Day on August 18? Mexicali Blues spends a little time digging into the history of this delicious dish to share in today's blog. You simply need to take a trip to the best Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks and order up a skillet full of this very popular menu item. 

What is a Fajita?
This is the dish that you hear coming to the table before you see it! Served on a hot, sizzling skillet, the sound of the grilled meat, onions, and peppers on the skillet alerts you to its arrival, followed by that irresistible aroma. It's accompanied by a plate full of rice, beans, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and tomatoes, plus flour tortillas to wrap everything up in. 

In Spanish, the word "faja" means belt, and "ita" means little. The strips of grilled meat that are served on fajitas kind of resemble little belts, so that seems to be a fitting name. At Mexicali Blues, we serve strips of steak, chicken, and shrimp. The shrimp doesn…

How Salsa Began Before Mexicali Blues Famous Version

Some people enter our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant with all eyes on the menu items, others are all about the world-famous margaritas, but many customers are mainly concerned about the taste of one particular condiment on every table. Mexicali Blues salsa is such a popular item around here, we ended up bottling the stuff so that people could take a big jar of it home with them! Today, you can even find this delicious sauce on the shelves in many Missouri grocery stores. 

Salsa History

Salsa has been used as a tasty condiment for meals for a very long time. It has been traced back to the times of the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas. The main ingredients in their version were tomatoes, chilies, and ground squash seeds. Aztec lords were served salsa along with dishes such as turkey, venison, lobster, and fish. 

A Spanish priest and missionary, Alonso de Molina, is credited with giving this condiment the name "salsa" in 1571, which means "sauce" in Spanish. Recipes for…