Ah... going to Dodge City, Kansas, a former wild frontier town of the Old West, but now a town that celebrates it's rich history in a more refined way. History aside, Dodge City hosts a large Hispanic population, rich culture, and great Mexican restaurants. Speaking of great Mexican restaurants, think Tacos Jalisco, in Dodge City.
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Photo: It's 6 o'clock in the evening on Thursday, September 13, 2018 and I've arrived at Tacos Jalisco in Dodge City, Kansas, and I'm looking forward to a great dinner. I must admit this is probably the first time that I've ever seen a Mexican restaurant inside of a corrugated steel building, but as the old saying goes, "you can't judge a book by it's cover..."
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you'll see the order counter and the well-stocked condiment bar. The dining room is spacious and "squeaky clean."
Photo: There are no printed menus, as the menu is posted above the order counter. At Tacos Jalisco, as in most taquerias, you make your selection from the posted menu, pay for your selection at the counter, and you'll receive a number, and your order will be brought to your table.
The menu is extensive and offers a wide array of all of your Mexican favorites. After checking out the menu for a couple of minutes, I stepped up to the counter and ordered #12, which just happened to be "7 Mares" soup.
Photo: I love the parrot and the monkey at the order counter, which adds a nice touch.
Photo: On this early Thursday evening in September, the order counter is very busy. Note the sign that states "No beer after 11:30 pm." We're in Kansas, which is a very strict state when it comes to alcohol. You can just get a small peek into the kitchen to the right of the photo.
Photo: After placing, and paying for my order, I had a chance to wander past the condiment bar, which includes fresh lime, cut radishes and pickled vegetables. If I closed my eyes and went into a daze, I'd almost think that I'd been transported to Mexicali, Mexico, rather than being in Dodge City.
Photo: After placing my order and being seated - I ordered a Corona beer - a basket of fresh tortilla chips arrived, along with a bowl of fresh, in-house made salsa. The beer was cold, the chips were fresh, and the salsa was heavenly, an on the spicy side, which is what I love.
Photo: I actually sat at a booth, which is odd for me, but I noticed the booth I was sitting in was decorated with fine artwork. Most of the other booths are decorated as well.
Photo: View from the rear of the dining room, looking toward the order counter.
Photo: Meet my pleasant and friendly server, Elena, who brought my 7 mares soup to me, along with a plate of condiments, with a smile. The condiments included a quarter avocado, diced onion, along with cilantro. With the chips along with the salsa, and a Corona beer on the side, my dinner is ready for me, and I'm in business...
Photo: Thanks, Elena, for snapping my photo as I prepare to enjoy an amazing dinner of Mexican soup, that will take me to the seven seas, and beyond... The Corona beer works wonders too.
Photo: My delicious dinner of "7 Mares" soup, condiments, salsa, chips and a cold Corona beer. Soda crackers and ketchup were on the table, which is a first for me at a Mexican restaurant. However, I can't say I was truly surprised, as today was my first day - ever - in Dodge City.
"Caldo de Siete Mares," better known as "Seven Seas Soup," is a Mexican version of fish stew, and it's popular in Mexican coastal villages. Soup includes seafood such as shrimp, octopus, squid, crab, mussels and whatever else, and tomatoes, peppers and a savory broth. Oh yes! Such a delicious soup!
The soup was amazing, the beer was cold, the chips and salsa... ditto amazing. I did find it a little interesting to find soda crackers... where were the corn tortillas?
Photo: I put the diced onion, avocado and cilantro into my soup to ENJOY!!! Delicious Mexican soup! Close-up photo of all the goodness. If you're looking for delicious soup, think of Tacos Jaliscos in Dodge City.
Tacos Jalisco has all of your bases in Dodge covered, including amazing food, super friendly service, comfortable dining and very reasonable prices. In Dodge City, KS, you don't have to take a trip to the Mexican State of Jalisco to enjoy outstanding Mexican food, as all you have to do is to pay a visit to Tacos Jalisco to enjoy some of the best Mexican cuisine that Dodge City has to offer.
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