Some say there is such a thing as “Authentic Mexican” food. Not being an expert, and barely knowing the difference between a Burrito and a Taco, I really couldn’t say. I enjoy Mexican cuisine on occasion, but my wife Nancy is a rabid fan. And she especially enjoys the food at Guadalajara.
A few nights ago, after she accommodated me and went to Bonefish for Fish & Chips, I agreed to eat Mexican with her and Guadalajara it was.
This long established Mexican restaurant has really good food, the décor is fun, the service is excellent and they have the best-damned Margaritas in town. A couple of large Margaritas with a basket of those fresh tortilla chips and salsa dip makes a nice meal in itself.
When I go, I never know what to order. The menu is like reading the phone book. They serve sizzling Fajitas, Quesadillas, Chimichangas, Hand-Made Tamales, Enchiladas, Burritos, Carnitas and Tacos as well as combination platters including steak, fish, pork and chicken. Salads and soups, too.
Nancy always orders the same thing – a Ground Beef Burrito with refried beans and rice. I like their Steak Tacos. The portions are more than ample. You never leave hungry at Guadalajara.
Guadalajara opened in Charlottesville in 1988. The Arellano family’s first location was Downtown Charlottesville. In addition to the Downtown E. Market Street location, they now have restaurants at Greenbrier Drive, Pantops and Fontaine Avenue.
Guadalajara is not part of a chain. It is family owned and operated. I don’t know for sure if it’s “Authentic Mexican” but I know it’s good stuff, well priced and served hot and fresh.
For directions or more information, go to http://www.guadalajaramexicanva.com