February 26, 2010

Bar Guide

AMBER OLESEN

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Photo by Derek Davis: Arturo Vasquez pours a margarita at Fajita Grill in Westbrook. Photographed on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009.

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Photo by Derek Davis: Arturo Vasquez serves a drink to customers at Fajita Grill in Westbrook. From left, Kelsy McVay of Windham, Debbie McVay of Windham, Beverly Gava of Gorham, Ashleigh Kyle of New York City, and Jean Roberts of Windham. Photographed on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009.

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The space that houses Fajita Grill in Westbrook was formerly home to a sports bar. This Mexican restaurant has outlasted its predecessor and seems to be thriving, so I went in to scope out why.

Fajita Grill is on Main Street, near the corner of Bridge Street. With a ton of tables, it has plenty of space for large groups, families or couples dining out.

Bright colors and extensive staff greet you the moment you walk in. Banners hanging everywhere and south-of-the border decorations caught my eye, and the music reminded me of a trip I took to Mexico years ago. There was a bit of a language-barrier situation when I tried to explain to the bartender why I was there, but that just made the place feel even more authentic.

I started off with a strawberry margarita, and was shocked by the size. That large goblet of tasty goodness made me so very happy, I didn't even care that it was $9.

The place has a full bar and many beers to choose from. Drafts include Budweiser, Bud Light, Dos Equis Amber, Dos Equis Lager, Heineken, Michelob Ultra ($3) and Budweiser American Ale, and all are available in 16- or 25-ounce glasses. In a bottle, you can grab a Bud, Bud Light, Dos Equis, Modelo, Negra Modelo, Miller Lite, Sol, Tecate, Carte Blanca, Bohemia, Corona ($2.75), Corona Light, Michelob Ultra, Heineken, Heineken Light and Pacifico. It's quite an impressive selection.

If you visit this place, as soon as you sit down, you will be greeted with chips and salsa. The salsa was full of flavor and the chips were nice and crunchy, with just enough salt to make you drink more.

The food menu is extensive and low-priced. Fajita Grill has 30 combination plates ranging from $7 to $7.25. You can choose enchiladas, tacos or burritos in any flavor or combination, or have the shrimp fajita taco salad for $8. My brother-in-law cannot get enough of the Mexican cheese steak soft tacos (8.99). Chicken enchiladas with green sauce (Yolandas) is one of the higher prices dishes, at $10.49.

With a children's menu, large dessert portions and multiple sides to add to any dish, there is something on this menu for everyone.

I think the biggest reason to check out Fajita Grill is the daily specials. On Sundays, all combination plates are buy one, get one free, and you can get a bucket of any five bottled beers for $10.

On Mondays, all 25-ounce drafts are $5, and chimichangas are $4. My friend Alice frequents this place on Tuesdays for the 40-cent wings and $1.50 drafts. Wednesday brings large goblet lime margaritas for $4.99 -- a total steal -- and Thursdays feature $2.50 bottles of beer.

I have friends who absolutely rave about this place and others who have had a less than perfect experience. I can't comment too much on the food, since I am very picky and rarely eat anything of interest, so I'll leave that up to you.

If you want cheap food, cheap drinks and plenty of service, I would say it's time to try Fajita Grill -- if you haven't already.

Amber Olesen is a freelance writer who lives in Westbrook.

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Photo by Derek Davis: Arturo Vasquez serves a drink to customers at Fajita Grill in Westbrook. From left, Kelsy McVay of Windham, Debbie McVay of Windham, Beverly Gava of Gorham, Ashleigh Kyle of New York City, and Jean Roberts of Windham. Photographed on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009.

  


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