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"Tex Mex" cuisine is as southwestern as the Hatch chili pepper, and it a definite favorite in the southwestern states that meet at all four corners.  This fine cuisine is where Texas meets Mexico, and the combination of these fine flavors makes for an amazing cuisine.  When you're visiting Hurricane, Utah, and you're in the mood for fine southwestern cuisine, you're in luck, as Hurricane is the home of Las Lupitas Mexican Grill.

As with all of reviews that I publish, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.

Photo:  It's early Friday evening, October 10, 2020, and after a hard day of four wheeling, at The Trail Hero 4wd event, we've arrived at Las Lupitas Mexican Grill to enjoy one of the best Mexican dinners, in Hurricane, Utah.

Photo:  You enter the restaurant at the front, and there's a hall that leads you to the "meeter/greeter" station, where the friendly staff member will seat you.  If the restaurant is fully seated, there's a bench where you can wait for your table.

Photo:  The "Daily Specials" board is located on the wall, just ahead of the greeting station, so you can check out the specials as you wait for your table.  In our case, since tonight was a balmy 88-degree evening, we requested to be seated on the patio, so we didn't encounter any wait

Photo:  The restaurant has two dining rooms, roughly in the shape of an "L," with the kitchen in between.  This is first, and largest dining room, which is mostly seated, and quite sparse, thanks to the COVID-19 virus, and the "social distancing" in place at the time of our visit.

Photo:  The second dining room is at the rear, next to the kitchen, and has windows that look outside to the patio, and State street, which is the main street in town.

Photo:  I managed to take a peek into the kitchen through the open door, watch the staff in action, and snap a photo.

Photo:  The first page of the menu features breakfast choices - the restaurant doesn't open until 11:00 in the morning - along with appetizers, empanadas, "traditional," salads and seafood.  Notice that breakfast is only served between the hours of 11:00 and 3:00.

Photo:  The second page of the menu features all your favorites, specialties, and dessert.  

Photo:  Since tonight was such a warm, lovely evening, we chose to dine outside on the comfortable patio.  That's busy State street in the background, which is the main street in Hurricane.

Photo:  Immediately after we were seated on the patio, our friendly hostess brought a bowl of warm, fresh, corn tortilla chips, and a large bowl of "Red Lupita sauce."  The chips were warm and fresh, the sauce was fresh, made in-house, and just perfect to dip the chips into.

Photo:  Meet Sharon, our friendly hostess who brings our dinners to our table behind a friendly, masked smile.  Our dinners arrived only about 20 minutes after placing our orders, which was fast, considering it was a fairly busy Friday evening in early October.

Photo:  Robert and I relax on the patio, ready to enjoy a great dinner, as Sharon snapped our photo, at my request. Sharon provided friendly, efficient service, and in addition to being a great hostess, she's also a nice person.

Photo:  From the "Favorites" section of the menu, Robert ordered the "Mexican Flag Enchiladas," and like my dinner, his choice included rice, beans and a small salad of shredded lettuce.

The dinner features red, white and green enchiladas, which happen to be the colors of the Mexican flag, hence the name of the entree.  The menu describes the meal as, "Three enchiladas on corn tortillas, making the flag colors green, white and enchilada sauce with your choice of meat, melted cheese and topped with sour cream."  The menu doesn't mention anything about the color red, but the first enchilada is definitely red, so the colors of the flag are complete.  My friend chose shredded beef for his choice of meat.

Photo:  From the "Specialty" section of the menu, I went with "Pork Chile Verde," as it had been MONTHS since I'd enjoyed a piping-hot bowl of chile verde.  Note the menu is the same for all meals, and any item listed on the menu is available anytime this fine restaurant is open.  

The menu describes the "Pork Chile Verde" as, "Tender pieces of pork, slow cooked with green chili sauce, garnished with cilantro on top.  All choices from the "Specialty" section of the menu are served with rice, beans, and your choice of either corn or flout tortillas.  I chose corn tortillas, I love the "earthy" taste of corn.

The "star" of my dinner was the piping-hot bowl of chile verde, and it didn't disappoint me.  After a hard day of four wheeling on the "Milt's Mile" trail at The Trail Hero 4wd event, I was hungry, and much to my delight, my bowl of chile verde contained a LOT of tender, seasoned pork, mildly spicy, chewy, and simply delicious.  The pork/tomatillo broth was thick, mildly spicy, flavorful, and mouth-watering delicious.  The cilantro for garnish added a great touch. If you closed your eyes, you could imaging yourself in a small Mexican pueblo, rather than in Hurricane, located in the southwestern corner of Utah.  

My refried beans were mostly creamy, but there were a few mostly crushed beans that added just the right amount of texture.  The beans were "earthy" tasting and delicious, but I couldn't taste any lard, and I assume that Lupita has left out the lard, and used olive oil, or something healthier and more in keeping with the diet of most Americans.  The beans were drizzled with melted Mexican cheese, which added to the flavor.

Mexican rice was also on the side, and it didn't disappoint, and was very good, but not spectacular.  In addition to the small, mostly lettuce salad, the meal included a tortilla warmer, stacked with three, warm corn tortillas.  Such a great dinner!

We absolutely LOVED our dinner at Las Lupitas Mexican Grill, as the food was delicious, the patio was bright and cheerful, and the friendly service provided by our server, Sharon, made our fine dinner taste even better.

When you're in Hurricane, UT, and you're in the mood for superior "Tex Mex" cuisine, be sure to enjoy fine dining at Las Lupitas Mexican Grill.

Las Lupitas Mexican Grill
460 State St.
Hurricane, UT 84737
435 635-0206

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