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.
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.
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.
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.