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The Humble Beginnings of the Fantastic Fajita

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Just thinking about eating a plate full of fajitas at Mexicali Blues is exciting enough, but once you hear that sizzle of the hot skillet headed your way and get a whiff of the sensational aroma traveling toward you, the anticipation is almost too much to take! Our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurantcan't take credit for coming up with the original idea of the fajita but we have managed to perfect the many magnificent flavors it contains! 


Fajita Origins
For those of you unfamiliar with this delicious dish, a fajita is a hearty meal that you actually assemble yourself at the table. A skillet full of grilled meats, onions, and peppers is accompanied by tortillas and a plate full of rice, beans, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and tomatoes. 

The word "fajita" did not show up in print until 1971, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The first meals that were considered to be fajitas were served in the late 1930s-early 40s. Mexican ranch workers living along the Rio Grand…

Get to Know Your Tequilas - 5 Delicious Varieties

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We have a wide variety of quality tequilas behind the bar at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant. There are so many different kinds, it can be difficult to know which to order. The more you know about the different types of tequila available, the easier it will be to narrow down which ones you will like most. 



Your Mexicali Blues bartender will be more than happy to point you in the right direction if you want to get to know our tequilas a bit better. The information in today's blog will give you a head start on that. The next time you come in, you may already sound like a tequila expert! 

2 Categories of Tequila
The main types of tequila are split into two different categories before being divided into types. These categories are 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 of other sugars plus additional things such as caramel color, oak extr…

Save Room for Dessert - We've Got Sopapillas!

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We spend a lot of time talking about the best Mexican food at the Lake of the Ozarks that comes out of our kitchen 6 days a week, and nearly as much time marveling about the refreshing margaritas from our bar. Today, however, we're devoting the Mexicali Blues blog to a sweet treat on the menu - sopapillas!  

It can be tough to save room for dessert when you've already enjoyed a basket full of chips with our homemade salsa and a savory meal but believe us, it's worth the effort! Our dessert menu features two incredible choices, including fried ice cream (which will get its own blog in the near future) and today's featured treat, sopapillas.  


What is a Sopapilla?
A sopapilla is a deep-fried pastry which is most often served with powdered sugar and honey or chocolate syrup. They can also be coated with cinnamon and sugar. Here at Mexicali Blues, we like to make our sopapillas even more of a treat by adding a big scoop of ice cream on top! 
Sopapilla Origins The name comes fro…

Mexicali Blues is Open 6 Days a Week (Sundays Now Too!)

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In case you haven't already heard the wonderful news, our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant is now open 6 days a week! You guys told us that you missed being able to enjoy Mexicali Blues for half of your weekend, so by popular demand, we are now open on Sundays.


6 Days a Week
Previously you could only get the best Mexican food at the Lake of the Ozarks beginning at 11:30 am every Tuesday-Saturday. You convinced us that simply wasn't enough, so now we are also open on Sundays, every single week! (Monday is the only day you can't stop by but you can take home a jar of our famous homemade salsa to tide you over.) End your weekend right here with us, then come back a couple of days later for lunch, dinner, or some of our weekly specials. 


Taco Tuesday
Quite possibly the most popular day of the week at Mexicali Blues is Tuesday, or more widely known as "Taco Tuesday!" We serve our amazing tacos from open until close for only $1 each! You simply can't pass up a dea…

May is National Salsa Month

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It's hard not to be excited about what you are going to order for your meal when you walk into Mexicali Blues. After a long day, there is not much better than tacos and a margarita, but there is something else to be excited about! The first thing being brought to your table is salsa! At our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican Restaurant, salsa is a big deal!

History of Salsa Salsa has been a popular condiment for longer than most will realize. The history of salsa originated with the Inca people. It can also be traced to the Aztecs and Mayans. The Aztec lords used tomatoes, chilies, beans, and squash. They used salsa served on turkey, venison, and fish. The tradition was passed to later cultures in Central America and eventually in the United States. In the early 1800’s bottles, hot sauces made their appearance in Massachusetts. In 1868 Tabasco debuted it hot sauce. In 1948 Texas became the home to the first Salsa manufacturer in the United States. Salsa really became popular in the 1980s.…

Feeling Adventurous? Try These Deliciously Unique Menu Items!

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You'll find all of your Mexican food favorites at Mexicali Blues in Osage Beach, but we've also got a few unique culinary creations you won't find anywhere else. When you're in the mood for the best Mexican food at the Lake of the Ozarks, we've got you covered. When you're in the mood for something a little different but still delicious, well, we can take care of that for you too! 



You most likely won't find the following tasty treats on the menu at any other Mexican restaurant. If you do, we're willing to bet theirs won't taste nearly as incredible as ours! The only way for you to know for sure is to come in and give these unique foods and drinks a try! 

Queso Fundido
This isn't your everyday cheese dip. It's a local favorite that is as fun to eat as it is delicious! This is a smooth, stringy cheese dip that you might need a little help getting to let go of your chip so that you can put it into your mouth. It may take a little work to get a bi…

Do Not Miss Our 2-Day-Long Lake of the Ozarks Cinco de Mayo Party!

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The best Cinco de Mayo party at the Lake of the Ozarks is happening over an entire weekend - yes, 2 days - at Mexicali Blues in Osage Beach! Even though we're normally closed on Sundays, we're making an exception this weekend and keeping the party going all weekend long! 


Saturday Night Fiesta
Beginning on Saturday night at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant (Cinco de Quatro!) we're getting the holiday celebration started early at 5:00 pm. There will be some amazing food and drink specials in store for you. 

In addition to that, we've got the London Strangers rocking our outdoor patio from 5-9 pm. We expect you to show up ready to party, but don't wear yourself out because we're doing it all again on Sunday!


Cinco de Mayo All Day Sunday
For the actual Cinco de Mayo, we'll be treating you to more delicious specials on your favorite food and drinks from the time we open at 11:30 am until we close down for the evening. We'll be hosting another party on t…