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Taste Buds: Chico Fiesta

Buds enjoy taste of Mexico in Weirton eatery

October 11, 2012
By EMILY DOMINICI and SHAUNNA DUNDER HERSHBERGER - The Taste Buds , Times Leader

Well, we might not know the exact difference between a tostada and a tostaguac, but we do know good Mexican food when we taste it. And when the Buds get a hankering for Mexican cuisine, it could take an entire pueblo to hold them back!

Wisely, nobody attempted to do such a thing, and after a sunny drive to Weirton the Buds were seated in a cozy booth at Chico Fiesta. The eatery, located on Pennsylvania Ave., proudly serves up authentic Mexican cuisine which is homemade and prepared fresh daily. Decorated in bright colors with colorful artwork, painted table tops and comfy looking chairs, the Buds found the atmosphere to be warm and inviting.

Satiating their grumbling bellies with complimentary chips and salsa (which was delicious, by the way) the Buds set about reading the menu, which - if you have ever visited a Mexican or Chinese restaurant - you know can be quite a confusing feat. Luckily, the folks at Chico Fiesta provide a description of the various components of the culture's cuisine on the back of the menu. Helpful indeed!

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Bud Em’s Lunch Fajitas Yucatan the dish featured grilled chicken cooked with red and green bell peppers, onions, yellow and green zucchini, broccoli and cauliflower. Three warm tortillas and a side of both rice and beans rounded out the bountiful entree.

The menu features a large selection of lunch specials, appetizers, a la carte items, chicken, steak, vegetarian and seafood dishes, special dinners, fajitas, salads and desserts.

The Buds noted some of the more interesting special dinners included Chico Chicken (grilled chicken and shrimp with pineapple covered with melted cheese and served with rice, beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream and tortillas - WOW!), and the Parrillida for one or two persons (grilled steak, chicken, shrimp, pork and chorizo cooked with onions and bell peppers served with rice, beans, guacamole, pico de gallo and tortillas).

*Sigh* Decisions, decisions!

Bud Em ultimately settled on one of the very affordable lunch specials: Lunch Fajitas Yucatan. Ringing in at $7.95, the dish includes choice of grilled beef or chicken - she chose chicken - cooked with red and green bell peppers, onions, yellow and green zucchini, broccoli and cauliflower. Three warm tortillas and a side of both rice and beans rounds out the bountiful entree.

The meal was pretty fantastic. The colorful mixture of veggies created a lovely and appetizing dish. Everything was fresh and tasty and not overly seasoned or greasy. The amount of food was certainly overwhelming, especially for a lunch portion. Bud Em loved every bite and would certainly order this dish again.

Bud Shaunna opted for the pick three "Make Your Own Combination" by ordering a chicken chimichanga, a beef enchilada and beans. The chimi was super! It had been quite a while since Bud Shaunna sunk her teeth in the crispy fried, cheesey-sauce goodness of a chimichanga, and this certainly did not disappoint! The flavorful enchilada, topped with a red sauce, was stuffed with tons of ground beef. At just $7.25, this was certainly more than enough food for a great lunch.

While waiting for our food to arrive, the Buds noticed a curious sign on the door and ad on the table for a "margarona." After inquiring, we learned that this is a "spirited" drink mixing a margarita and a Corona. Interesting! Maybe we'll try that on our next trip when we don't have to return to work and when we can have a designated driver!

Overall, the Buds thoroughly enjoyed their Chico Fiesta experience and would definitely return to sample some of the other lip-licking menu items. Muy bien!

The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleaderonline.com

 
 

 

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