The Delicious Desserts of Mexicali Blues

Even if you have dined at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant many times, there is a very good chance that you filled up on your delicious dinner and didn't have room for dessert. Big mistake! (Well, not necessarily a mistake, but you're really missing out on something special.) Mexicali Blues has two amazing desserts to choose from - sopapillas and fried ice cream.  

A sopapilla is a deep-fried pastry most often served as a dessert covered in powdered sugar and honey or syrup, and sometimes coated with cinnamon and sugar. They even taste wonderful with a scoop of ice cream on top! 

The sopapilla has become a staple in Mexican restaurants worldwide, but while it is considered a Mexican dish, it was actually first created in the United States. It is believed that the first sopapilla was created over 200 years ago in New Mexico. This dish became extremely popular across South America too. Latin American sopapillas are generally more tortilla-like, while the New Mexican variety of this dish is fluffy and pillow-like.   

It is very possible that the name came from the Spanish word "sopaipa," which refers to a sweetened fried dough. The sopapilla we know could also have gotten it's name from the Mozarabic word "xopaipa," which was bread soaked in oil. Here at Mexicali Blues, this incredible dessert is most often referred to as "Delicious!!!" 

Fried ice cream sounds like an oxymoron. If you deep-fry ice cream, it should melt, right?! Well, no, not if you know how to do it correctly, and at Mexicali Blues in Osage Beach, we most definitely do! 

This delicious dessert is made from a ball of extremely frozen ice cream rolled in cornflake crumbs and cinnamon that crisps up into a sort of shell around the ice cream when it is dropped in the fryer. The ice cream is frozen solid enough and the process happens quickly enough that the ice cream remains intact when it's finished cooking. The warm, crunchy shell paired with the frozen treat makes for an amazing taste. 

Even though this is commonly known as a Mexican dessert in the United States, there is also a version of it served in Asian cuisine. It became popular in Mexican restaurants after a certain chain made it their "signature dessert" in the early 1980's. As is often the case, there are conflicting origin stories for this fantastic food item. Some say it was introduced at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, where the ice cream sundae was also invented. A year later in 1894, a Philadelphia company got the credit for creating fried ice cream. Yet another story claims that a Japanese tempura restaurant came up with the dessert. Who knows who is right? Once you taste our version, you'll just be glad that someone had the brilliant idea!

The desserts that come out of the kitchen of our Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks are incredibly irresistible. If you generally get too full for dessert when you eat here, you might consider ordering dessert first. That way, you'll have a chance to try one of these scrumptious creations, and you can always take some of your dinner home in a doggy bag.
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