Lent is an old Christian tradition of preparing for Easter that has as a characteristic the depriving oneself of eating red meat, pork or chicken every Friday from Ash Wednesday to Easter.
For those that are accustomed to going to Mexican restaurants, these days make it difficult to combine the Lent tradition and a traditional Mexican menu.
Thinking about this situation Alfredo Castro, owner and chef of the Mexican restaurant El Mariachi, has put his whole imagination and his ingenious, but above all a good seasoning to work and has created an exquisite menu for Lent.
El Mariachi has a great variety of platters with fish and/or shrimp. The most requested platter is the shrimp cocktail, shrimp salad and the shrimp fajitas, but if you go to El Mariachi you must taste the delicious breaded fish and of course one of the most popular platter Ceviche Tostadas.
But that’s not all this authentic Mexican food restaurant also has in its regular menu the traditional cheese and onion enchiladas as well as chiles rellenos (stuffed peppers) and fish tacos.
El Mariachi restaurant has been serving the Quad Cities’ Community for over 10 years, but its proprietor Alfredo Castro remembers its beginnings when he learned to cook next to a Mexican food expert chef and how a short time later began his small business selling food from a trailer together with his wife Virginia. “The people liked the food so much they would always ask me where our restaurant was,” remembers Alfredo excitedly.
“It was this acceptance of the public that motivated me, it gave me the push to open the restaurant,” adds the now owner of El Mariachi.
Even though the restaurant keeps growing Alfredo Castro doesn’t forget his origins and his small trailer with which we can find him offering his exquisite platters at fairs and festivals.
One of the principle characteristics of El Mariachi is its prices, the varied and succulent dishes cost between 5 to 10 dollars. Alfredo Castro assures that his objective is to maintain good quality at moderate prices, especially in this time of economic crisis.
Aside from the varied menu El Mariachi offers an authentic Mexican buffet. The buffet is available Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in which we can find a great variety of platters like mole (Chicken with Mexican sauce), ribs, as well as pork meat mixed with poblano sauce and much more delights and only at $9.75 per person.
While the breakfast buffet is on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 12 midday and it offers platters like chilaquiles (fried tortilla mixed with egg and chicken), huevos a la mexicana con chorizo (Mexican style eggs with chorizo), pozole (pork stew), beans, French Fries, American sausage and much more at a very reasonable price of $8.25. And that’s not all; El Mariachi is one of the few restaurants that have the traditional arroz con leche (Mexican style rice pudding).
If you would like to enjoy good food in a family environment don’t hesitate to visit El Mariachi restaurant from Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’s open Fridays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and open Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 10p.m. Families can go Sundays to El Mariachi restaurant from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m . Don’t forget this address 1317 15th St., Moline, IL.