Yep, Tito’s Mexican Grill is open. They have been for about a week at 10300 Shannon Hills Road. I’ve been waiting for the right time to go check out this new Mexican offering, snuggled away in the quaint downtown area of Shannon Hills. I was hungry and didn’t have a ton of things to do today like usual, so that made it the right time. I brought my world famous parents with me, so Roger and Thelma could help out by ordering different things (and also, they paid for lunch, so thanks Mom & Dad).
As soon as we walked in, a friendly server Abraham said we could sit anywhere. Before Dad and I sorted out whose elbow would be dominant on our side of the table, Abraham had chips and salsa on the table, menus in front of us and was ready to take our drink orders. The chips were warm and salty. We were off to a good start.
Well then of course two friends from Healing Waters, Karen and Crystal said hello and we chatted with them a minute. Pro Tip: Don’t forget about the Shannon Hills Fall Fest, Saturday Oct 22, featuring The Zac Dunlap Band and this restaurant will be a block up the street from the park.
I ordered the steak fajitas, because I always like to see how a new restaurant can handle the standards. Loved it. Steak was smoky with crisp edges, peppers were perfect – not too limp, and the side stuff was yummy but wait. I waited to the end to eat my rice and it was spice so well with cumin or chili powder or something that I could just imagine myself eating a box of it in the movies instead of popcorn. Man it was good. Guacamole was great, pico de gallo was great. I prefer a little more cilantro in my pico, but I’m insane with it, so I won’t harp on that.
Famous Thelma ordered the Quesadilla Rellena. That sounds spicy to me, but she’s from San Antonio, so she can take a little more heat than me. I could probably take a guess on telling you whether she liked it since she cleaned her plate, but here’s what she posted on her Facebook about our experience:
Mom made it a point to ask Abraham whether the tortillas were made on site because my brother Rick might be a tortilla snob who scoffs at store-bought. I had been studying the perfect circle of my tortillas and told my mom that surely they weren’t made in this kitchen. In fact, I went further to imply they may have come from Walmart. Until I pulled them apart from the steamy foil and they felt fresh and different, with their wrinkles not ironed out. Mom had to ask. Abraham said they don’t make them at Tito’s, but they do get them fresh from a source in Little Rock that is making them. I have to apologize for my doubt. I stuffed them all and ate them up.
Lastly, Famous Roger ordered the Tito’s BLT. Dad likes to be different in many ways, but we’re still going to call this Mexican food because of the avocados. This was buttered Texas toast with a generous amount of bacon, red tomatoes and iceberg shreds, but didn’t stop there. The Tito’s BLT also has several slices of avocado and then Dad added a bonus fried egg to it all. I wasn’t offered a bite and I was busy anyway, but I bet it was good.
I said “lastly” but I also wanted to mention that the Dick family came in and sat right next to us and we struck up a chat. They have been MySaline readers and I sure appreciate that. But their own Famous Dad got his food as we were about to leave and he had ordered the fajitas with steak, chicken and shrimp. He must have known that I needed a taste and offered me one of his shrimps. He said that doesn’t happen very often, and to tell you the truth, I don’t know if I would have given one up. Tell you what, it was hot and tasty. I’ll try my own shrimp dish the next time I go in there.
If you want to check out Tito’s, they have a Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/titosmexicangrill/
They are open 11am – 9pm, 7 days and they are working on getting their adult beverage permit, but it might be a month or two. Go visit or call in an order at (501) 725-9059.
It’s been since March that the Italian restaurant in Shannon Hills, Sabrano’s, announced that they would be closing their doors. It’s been since mid-summer that area residents heard rumors of a Mexican restaurant taking its place in the middle of town. Today Tito’s Mexican Grill opened their doors for the first time to Shannon Hills. I tried to get them on the phone for more info, but here is what I know for now:
They are open from 11am to 9pm. I don’t know if that’s 7 days.
As of this writing, you need to bring cash or a check because they don’t have their credit card machine yet.
They have two 55″ televisions for watching the game.
I don’t know if they have obtained their alcohol permit, but I know they have applied. I don’t see their name on the permits granted list from Alcoholic Beverage Control Division for the last four weeks.
They are located at 10300 Shannon Hills Drive, Shannon Hills, AR (map), next to Healing Waters & Family Market (where Pizza Hut was so many years ago).
You can call in an order at 501-725-9059 and they have a pickup window.
Welcome to Shannon Hills, Tito’s! We hope you are successful.