I stopped over at Blue Moon Mexican Cafe in Englewood, NJ awhile ago after I heard good things about the place and decided to check it out for myself. I'm always up for a restaurant that has great atmosphere, but that doesn't have the same cookie cutter ambiance, management, and menu as a multitude of other places. So did this place meet that standard?
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.
- They started out as a family business and have 1 New York location and 4 New Jersey locations (only the Jersey City location is franchised).
- They have two party rooms; one holds about 60 people, the other around 20
- The Blue Moon Mexican Cafe loves their community and hosts charity nights to help give back.
- They bring in a variety of cover bands, including a Dixieland band for Mardi Gras and a Mariachi Band for Cinco de Mayo
- Their busiest night of the year is Cinco de Mayo
- The quesadillas and fajitas are their most popular dishes.
- They don't use animal stock in their non-meat menu items, so it's okay for vegetarians
Jocelyn was my waitress, and despite the horribly obnoxious girl seated near me, Jocelyn maintained a smile the entire time. She was pleasant, knew the menu well, and answered any questions I had without a problem. I started out with a 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 and thick and tasted good, but it could have used a little more kick. The salsa, however, had excellent fresh chunks of tomatoes and spices and was perfect.
Onto the entree. I had the Blue Moon Grilled Chicken Fajitas ($15.95), which 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 it was fantastic. The chicken was succulent and perfectly cooked, and the food was fresh, delicious, and left me feeling full without feeling like I had a giant bowling ball in my stomach. There was so much food, I ended up taking a lot of it home. I didn't even attempt dessert while I was there, but I took home the Cheesecake Chimichanga ($5.95), and the Homemade Flan ($3.95), both of which were sweet without being overly so, and while I loved both, I'm partial to the Cheesecake Chimichanga -- soft decadent cream inside and a sugary crunch on the outside.
The Blue Moon Mexican Cafe constantly has specials going on throughout the year:
- August is Customer Appreciation Month where you can download a coupon from their site for 10% off.
- Sunday and Monday night is Industry Appreciation Night from 9pm to close where you get 25% off your bill.
- Thursday is Margarita Madness Ladies Night with $5 Margaritas
- Fiesta Hour is Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm.
- Sign up on the site with your birthday or anniversary and you receive a $10 gift certificate right before the date.
So do I recommend Blue Moon Mexican Cafe 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.Reprint of the photographs included in this review is not permitted without my express and written consent.