Salsa’s offers fresh take on Mexican food

Telegraph correspondentSeptember 13, 2013 

salsa_review

Molcajete is a grilled beef, chicken and shrimp dish served with fried and grilled jalapeño pepper, fresh cheese, grilled cactus and cilantro, with a Mexican salad and rolled flour or corn tortillas.

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Finally, a Mexican restaurant that has more than just the same four ingredients in different arrangements. While I love fajitas, tacos and burritos, it’s time Middle Georgia broadened its horizons on the cuisine of our southern neighbors.

Salsa’s Mexican Grill is in a strip plaza near the Kroger on Russell Parkway, and considering its location, they have done a great job with the interior. The staff look very professional in their black shirts and wide red ties and were very attentive to our needs.

We started with the appetizer plate of chicken quesadillas, chicken taquitos and nachos al carbon for $9.95, well priced for the amount you get. The flavor of the quesadillas was better than that of the taquitos (odd, since it’s probably the same chicken), but the meat on the nachos was a bit dry.

The most interesting dish of the night was the molcajete. We ordered it with chicken, but it’s also available with steak, shrimp or all three. It arrived in a tri-legged cauldron with a plate of tortillas and a plate of accompaniments. Inside the cauldron was the shredded chicken topped with chorizo. A grilled cactus leaf and two pieces of fresh cheese draped over the side, and cambray onions and radishes hid among the melange inside.

The signature taco salad was another visual feast. Served in a shell bowl, this stunning salad is topped with grilled chicken, shrimp, steak and avocado for only $8.50. Other salads include a spinach and grilled shrimp salad, the Monterrey taco salad, and a Cajun chicken salad. You also can add on several items to your meal, like a chile relleno, tamale or a chalupa for just a few dollars more.

There were so many unusual dishes offered that we couldn’t try them all. Next time, we might try the massive Salsa Plate, which includes a taco, a chile relleno, a beef chalupa, a beef enchilada, a beef burrito and a chicken flauta for only $10.95. Another good deal is the Pick Three for $7.95, which includes choices of house chicken soup, tamale, tostada or chalupa in addition to the usual fare.

For dessert, we tried the flan and the apple burrito with ice cream. The flan was fine, but I didn’t move fast enough to get some of the apple burrito. I’m assuming it was good from the plate that was licked clean.

While Salsa’s is neither the most authentic Mexican food I’ve had in our area nor the best tasting, it was refreshing to find a place with something new to offer. The fact that it is also attractive, has good service and is reasonably priced make it worth your while.

Salsa’s Mexican Grill

Address: 115 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins

Phone: 478-328-8184

Website: www.facebook.com/salsasmexgrill/info

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

Payment: Cash, credit

Smoking: No

Alcohol: Yes

Kids Menu: Yes

Noise Level: Low

Health Rating: 100

Price range: $6.95-$12.95

Rating: 3 stars

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