After hearing about the Blue Moon Mexican Cafe in Englewood, NJ, it sounded like a great place to grab some dinner and see what all the good talk was about.
First, let's talk some quick facts about the restaurant itself. From April 15 to October 15 (give or take depending on Mother Nature's temperament), the Blue Moon Mexican Cafe has outdoor seating so you'll be able to sit outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. They have two party rooms, one of which holds about 60 people while the other holds around 20.
The Blue Moon Mexican Cafe is big into supporting the community. They host community nights to help give back, which you can read about here. The restaurant also brings in a variety of cover bands, including a Dixieland band for Mardi Gras and a Mariachi Band for Cinco de Mayo, the latter of which is their busiest night of the year.
Jocelyn, our waitress, always had a smile, was pleasant, knew the menu well, and answered any questions without a problem. First up was the Lava Flow drink (pina colada with strawberry daiquiri infusion $8.00), and tortilla chips with Queso Dip ($7.95) and salsa. The queso was rich, thick, and delicious, but it would have been even better if it had a little more kick. The salsa, however, had excellent fresh chunks of tomatoes and spices and was perfect.
On to the entree. Since the quesadillas and fajitas are the most popular dishes, it was obviously a must to try one of them, which led to ordering the Blue Moon Grilled Chicken Fajitas ($15.95). The dish consisted of chicken, Mexican rice, refried beans, and sauteed peppers and onions on flour tortillas. On the side was black beans and more rice, as well as some lettuce and tomatoes. They use a special secret seasoning for the chicken, and all of it was absolutely fantastic. The chicken was succulent and perfectly cooked, and the food was fresh, wonderful, and filling.
It was so filling in fact that there was no room for dessert at the restaurant, but the Cheesecake Chimichanga ($5.95) and the Homemade Flan ($3.95) made their way home in a doggie bag. Both were sweet without being overly so, and while they were both fantastic, the personal favorite was the Cheesecake Chimichanga. There was soft decadent cream inside and a sugary crunch on the outside. It was absolutely worth savoring every bite.
The Blue Moon Mexican Cafe constantly has specials going on throughout the year, so make sure to check out their website here for all the latest.
So is the Blue Moon Mexican Cafe recommended for Cinco de Mayo, Mardi Gras, or any other day throughout the year? Absolutely. They offer a fun atmosphere, great music, good food, fabulous drink specials, and a pleasant staff.
Blue Moon Mexican Cafe
23 E Palisade Ave
Englewood, NJ 07631
Disclaimer: The food reviewed in this article was generously provided by Blue Moon Mexican Cafe. However, the opinions are my own and are fair and accurate based on my own experiences. Results and opinions may not be the same for everyone.