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Caliente Southwest Grille

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Costa Mesa is a hot spot for great family dining spots, and we recently discovered a new favorite, Caliente Southwest Grille. The hidden gem has a family-friendly dining area, small outdoor dining area, and delicious food.

When we went to Caliente last week for the first time, there were so many delicious menu choices that it was hard to decide. The menu features a fresh and healthier take on classic Mexican food dishes.

We started our meal with some fresh guacamole and chips on their outdoor patio. We all shared our favorite parts of the day while sitting around a table together.

I was the one in our family who had the hardest time deciding what to order. I was grateful for some fantastic recommendations that the staff member gave me while ordering, and I finally decided on the Blue Moon salad. The salad featured romaine lettuce, blue cheese, apples, mushrooms, pepitas, mango, queso fresco, and a pepitas citrus dressing. I paired the salad with grilled chicken, and it was fresh, light, and burst with flavor.

My husband went for something a little more traditional and ordered the fajita burrito. The meat in the burrito was tender, and the vegetables were freshly grilled. The burrito was large enough for him to have food to take home, and I highly recommend it if you’re in the mood for something a little hearty.

Whenever there is anything salmon-related on a restaurant menu, that is what my son immediately orders. He was in heaven with every bite of the freshly grilled salmon tacos. The tacos featured grilled wild salmon, chipotle aioli, queso fresco, roasted pepitas, cabbage, and pico de gallo. While my son was enjoying the salmon tacos, it was the carne asada tacos that my daughter fell in love with.

Finally, my younger son was in the mood for something a little adventurous, and he ordered the Panchos Rolled Quesadilla. The quesadilla was unlike he had ever had before and featured a wheat tortilla filled with chicken, jack cheese, cheddar cheese, lettuce, corn crisps, avocado, and a serrano dressing. It was then rolled, and grilled to perfection.

Caliente Southwest Grille is guaranteed to become one of your family’s favorite new Mexican restaurants. It is located at 271 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627.

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