WALLINGFORD — A meal at Los Mariachis restaurant can make customers feel as if they were in Mexico through a variety of authentic house-made ingredients and drinks.
“We make everything from scratch, that’s how we started the business,” owner Loren Aguirre said. “We have a unique style.”
From the music to the interior decor, the restaurant has been giving customers the full experience for the last 12 years. After moving to the U.S. from Mexico at 18 years old, Aguirre started working at a Mexican restaurant in California as a dishwasher until his cousin suggested moving to Connecticut and opening a restaurant.
Aguirre, a Meriden resident, said he owned a location in Meriden for a few years before Los Mariachis opened in Wallingford. Last year, the restaurant expanded with a second location in Southington.
“It’s doing well,” Aguirre said.
He said it has been tough introducing the Southington community to the Mexican eatery, while Wallingford has regular customers that have made Los Mariachis part of their weekly routine.
“We’re different,” Aguirre said. “We’re not Tex-Mex.”
A popular dish, and Aguirre’s personal favorite, are the fajitas. Tossed with spices, onions and green peppers, the fajitas can be paired with a selection of refried beans, rice and corn, and flour tortillas.
House made pico de gallo accompanies the meal served on a sizzling hot plate.
The mole enchiladas are another popular customer request. The enchiladas are hand rolled with chicken and covered in house-made mole poblano sauce.
Aguirre said the mole sauce is something he learned to make as a kid while his mother was working and he and his siblings were at home.
Though the menu has kept favorites like the mole sauce and fajitas, the drinks continue to rotate, especially in the summer.
“I think a favorite for the customers are the natural strawberry (margaritas),” said Juan Osorno Hernandez, bartender at Los Mariachis. “The customers love those.”
Margarita Mondays and Mojito Tuesdays give customers the chance to try the bar’s selection of tequilas and sip them on the back patio. Pairings for the drinks include soft tacos, tamales, queso dip and classic nachos.
“It’s been really awesome,” Aguirre said. “This is the most authentic Mexican food you can get.”
More information can be found at https://www.losmariachisgrill.com/