Happy Tequila Day

So apparently today is National Tequila Day. I had no idea this was even a national “holiday” until I logged onto my social media sites and found multiple people proclaiming “Happy National Tequila Day!”

I also found it funny that I just so happened to go to a Mexican restaurant today for lunch. Appropriate considering the “holiday.” And I’m a sucker for fun celebrations of any type, so I might have to “celebrate” with a skinny margarita later!

But back to the food: I visited a delicious local restaurant for lunch with Marshall and his mother today.

The Prickly Pear is a local restaurant located in Mooresville, NC, which is about 30 minutes north of Charlotte. The restaurant recently moved locations and now has a nice water front view of Lake Norman for you to enjoy while you eat a delicious lunch or dinner.  They classify themselves on having “Modern Mexican Cuisine,” which is a good description of the type of food you will receive there.

You are not going to find the typical basic, tacos, quesdaillas, and enchilladas you would find at any other mexican restaurant. Nope! The Prickly Pear is special making each dish a little gourmet and it has some exciting and tasty ingredients. Take the queso for example:

This isn’t your average cheese sauce. To be specific, this is their Chipotle Queso which incorporates a little bit of extra heat, but a LOT of extra flavor! For the main meal, I got some chicken fajitas!

It came with delicious grilled chicken, flavorful-but-not-greasy onions and peppers, with a side of corn tortillas and smoky black beans. You can really tell everything is made from scratch and to order. And fajitas are a perfect meal if you are watching your waist line. No excess cheese or rice here! Just veggies and some lean protein!

But if you’re just looking for some gourmet, just-plain-delicious Mexican food, opt for the Loco Burrito, like Marshall did!

This burrito came with rice, black beans, salsa, chicken, caramelized onions, lettuce, and everything was covered with a delicious cilantro-jalepeno cream sauce and cotija cheese. I have had this the one other time I have been to Prickly Pear, and after a small taste-test of his burrito today, it was just as yummy and delicious as I remember!

But the prettiest lunch dish of the day was Marshall’s mother’s choice, the Mucho Mango!

This dish came with shrimp in a pretty duo of sauces, rice, and a fried plantain. A perfect petite lunch portion! All of us throughly enjoyed our meals and did not leave hungry. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a special, reasonably priced lunch or dinner option. And the dinner menu is completely different from the lunch menu, but I’m sure equally delicious! I’ve never been there for dinner, but after this lunch, I would return in a heartbeat!

Question of the Day:

What is your favorite “off the beaten path” local restaurant?

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