Fiesta Guadalajara is an "old school," family owned and operated restaurant, serving delicious Mexican cuisine that's based on the city that the restaurant is named after, Guadalajara, in the Mexican state of Jalisco. This amazing restaurant serves some of the finest Mexican cuisine the greater Boise area has to offer, and the delicious fare is served with a smile.
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Photo: It's about 4:30 in the afternoon, Thursday, June 11, 2020, and we've arrived at Fiesta Guadalajara, located in Meridian, Idaho, to enjoy a delicious dinner.
Note the "annex" at the right end of the building, which has recently been added, and includes an upscale bar and dining room.
Photo: We're still in the grips of the COVID-19 virus scare, so seating in the lobby is taped off. As you enter the restaurant, you'll be greeted by a friendly "meeter/greeter" who will seat you. On this late Thursday afternoon, the restaurant was sparsely seated, so our "greeter" suggested we sit anywhere that suited us. We decided to sit in the main dining room.
Photo: The main dining room is spacious, comfortable, and decored in "old school Mexican." The relaxing dining room makes for great atmosphere.
Photo: The "Appetisers" and "Combinations, " along with the "Soups and Salads" section of the menu. I started with the "Combinations" section of the menu, and never left it.
Photo: "Favorites," along with "Carne," "Pollos" and "Mariscos" make another interseting page of the menu.
Photo: Shortly after we were seated, our super friendly server, Nancy, brought out a large basket or warm, fresh corn tortilla chips, along with a small bowl of in-house-made salsa, and creamy beans, perfect for dipping.
My friends are a little "sensative" when it comes to salsa, so I gave it the "ol' college try" and rated the "heat" level at medium-low, which works perfectly for me. My friends opted to enjoy the bean dip, so I got to eat the salsa all by myself!
Photo: Our amazing friendly server, Nancy, takes Cindy's order, as her daughter, Katie looks on. Cindy had many questions about her meal, and Nancy gladly took several trips into the kitchen to answer Cindy's questions.
Photo: The full-service bar, the comfortable, upscale dining room, along with lots of television monitors gives the recently-added annex an almost "sports bar-like" atmosphere. On this late Thursday afternoon, the room was mostly deserted.
Photo: This is a real, growing cactus plant, complete with a Mexican cowboy hat, that is alive and well in the main dining room.
Photo: Meet Nancy, our amazing friendly server, who brings my dinner, along with Cindy's to our table with a smile. Katie's dinner shortly followed. Nancy was friendly, efficient and caring, and made for an amazing hostess.
Our dinners arrived about 20 minutes after placing our orders, which makes for FAST service!
Photo: From the "Small Combinations" section of the menu, Cindy went with a #28, a pork tostada, with guacamole and sour cream, along with the rice and beans that are served with every "combination." Unlike me, she went with "whole beans," which is most likely a healthier way to go.
Photo: From the "Small Combinations" section of the menu, Katie also ordered a #28, nearly identilcal to her mother, except she went with chicken. Like Cindy, she chose "whole beans" with is a healthier choice than "refried beans," but in my case, I can't resist the taste of delicious refried beans.
Photo: From the "Combinations" section of the menu, I ordered a #5, which featured a tamale, and enchilada, along with a taco. All combinations include rice, and either refried or "whole" beans. Like the "Mexican" I am, I went with refried beans, which are one of the foods that I LOVE the most. When asked for my choice of meat, I "porked out" and went with pork, all the way.
Choices of meat for all entrees includes chicken, carne asada, pork or carnitas. Talk about a tough decision! I went with carnitas for my taco, enchilada and tamale, but I could have "mixed and matched" if I would have wanted to. Fiesta Guadalajara is very flexible, and serves YOUR food the way YOU want it!
The carnitas meat in my meal was simply mouth-watering amazing, as it was juicy, tender, seasoned, and spiced perfectly for my taste. The enchilada was amazing, being stuffed with carnitas, onion and garlic, but the tamale simply blew me "out of the water," as it was SO great! When you surround the juicy carnitas around perfectly prepared masa, a little on the crispy side, you go to "Jalisco heaven" without leaving the greater Boise area! My taco features carnitas, lettuce, tomato and onion, in a crispy, fried tortilla, that actually held together while eating it! The restaurant's chef has talent!
The rice was great, but so-so, as rice never excites me. The refried beans... oh the refried beans! Now you're talking... the refried beans were creamy, and I could taste a little garlic and lard in the beans, which makes for outstanding refried beans! The beans were topped with grated, melted Mexican cheese which, along with the tamale, made me think I was dining in a restaurant in downtown Guadalajara, Jalisco.
Do you love thick, flavorful red chili sauce? I do, and my dinner had lots of it from the enchilada and the tamale, which made for perfect dipping with my beans and rice. My enchilada, tamale and beans were topped off with two varieties of grated, melted Mexican cheese. Muy sabroso!
My dinner was simply outstanding! My dining companions felt the same way, as both Cindy and Katie commented on how much they enjoyed their fine meals. Anyway you look at it, Fiesta Guadalajara is a fine restaurant...
You'll love the food, you'll love the friendly service, and you'll love the "old school" Mexican-style dining room. The recent addition of an upscale bar and dining room is a nice touch as well.
Fiesta Guadalajara serves delicious Mexican cuisine in Meridian, Idaho!
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