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Guaranteed Way to Add Spice to Your Weeknight

Hole in the wall restaurants.

Most people seem to either love them or hate them.  You give my husband some sort of home cooking, served with a side of “I’m not so sure that kitchen should’ve passed inspection,” and he’s a happy camper. He’s one of those “love thems.”  As for me, I’m more a fan of “Swanky Southern,” with white tablecloths and mints on the restroom countertops.

Fresh, Chunky Guacamole

One thing our whole family can agree on (even my girls who are quite the fans of places that serve mac and cheese and chicken strips) is Mexican food. When we’re in the throes of where-should-we-eat-dinner conversations, Mexican usually comes out at the top of the short list.

Follow the Buzz to Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Brandon

We’ve always heard people rave about Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Brandon. You know the type, the restaurant regulars that swear you haven’t lived until you’ve tried the place. So, during a recent conversation centered around what’s for dinner, we loaded up the kids and headed to Azteca to form an opinion of our own.

Azteca is run by Chef Alejandro Aguilar, a native of Mexico who has been bringing authentic Mexican food to the area for two decades. Located “under the hill” off of Highway 80 in Brandon, Azteca’s façade is unassuming, to say the least.  But, like any great restaurant, you go for the food, not the façade.

The Guacamole

On our recent trip, we were happy to discover what all the fuss is about – Mexican cuisine at its best.  I had heard about the guacamole, which I’m a sucker for on any given day as is. Needless to say, I was anxious to give Azteca’s guac a try. Those food pushers that swear by Azteca were right. It was chunky and fresh, just like I like it and served with thin, crispy chips—a winning combo.

Azteca’s Pitorrito

Recommendation: Pittorito

I asked our waitress what she recommended, and she quickly pointed me in the direction of the “Pitorrito,” which my husband promptly ordered while I settled for a chicken chimichanga. When the food arrived, we realized this is the type of place where you must come hungry, because these entrees are GIGANTIC. The Pittorito is a huge helping of beef, beans, and rice wrapped in a large flour tortilla, topped with ranchera sauce and smothered in melted Monterey and cheddar cheeses. The Azteca chimichanga is spicy shredded chicken mixed with three different types of cheese wrapped in a tortilla and fried to a golden brown.

We left Azteca satisfied and packed full to the gills, vowing to return soon. Now, looks like we’re “those people,” swearing allegiance to the little hole in the wall Mexican joint in downtown Brandon.

FOOD: Rich, cheesy, and HUGE! But delicious!

SERVICE: Friendly, but our waitress seemed a little too busy. Goes to show how popular the place is!

ATMOSPHERE: Modest and simple. Perfect for those people that love a hole in the wall restaurant.

Guest writer Amanda Wells is a freelance writer for various lifestyle publications and a PR consultant. You can follow her blog here. Amanda lives in Jackson with her husband Nathan, two daughters and brand new baby boy. 

Cafe Azteca on Urbanspoon
Azteca Mexican Restaurant
752 W Government Street
Brandon, MS 39042
(601) 825-7881
Price: $

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13 Responses to Guaranteed Way to Add Spice to Your Weeknight

  1. susan August 17, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    I am already tasting the Guacamole! Will have to try this out ASAP!

  2. Nyssa August 17, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    This is the best most authentic mexican food around. my parents have been eating here since th 80s when they were in a gas station.

  3. Robin August 17, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    As a Brandonian, I’ve tried Azteca numerous times and must say that although it is not my favorite Mexican restaurant it DOES have the BEST chips and salsa of ANY Mexican restaurant in central MS!! We get chips and salsa ‘to-go’ to take to friends houses for parties all of the time and it’s
    Always a hit!

  4. sara August 17, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    azeteca has been around forever and is phenomenal!!

  5. Heather Thompson August 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    My boyfriend and I love trying new places. Per your review we had date night at Strawberry Cafe. It was amazing!!!! I am definatly looking forward to tonight at Azteca Mexican Restaurant! I will come back at let you know how it was.

  6. Tammy August 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    That pittorito looks AWESOME!

  7. Evana August 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    I have got to try this place!!!

  8. Elysa Mac August 25, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    If the food tastes even half as good as the photos look, then this restaurant definitely offers some fabulous fare!

  9. KKirk October 26, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    This sounds amazing…Can’t wait to try it.

  10. Pamela October 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    Based on this review we ate at Azteka today and were not disappointed. Thanks for another good recommendation.

  11. Lucy May 16, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    Man!! This is making me crave some Mexican food!! I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE ‘off the beaten path’ places!! So much character!!

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