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Juan's Hacienda Has Great Ambiance

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by Sheila Franklin
calicutta@hotmail.com

Juan’s Hacienda is the type of restaurant that your friends tell you about. We like to try new places, especially if there are margaritas specials involved ($2.75 for 12 oz.), so one Friday evening we ventured down to the place. Almost overlit, we were surprised at the brightness inside.

Megan, the hostess, busser, and all around informational person, told us that we would have to wait for a smoking table and that there wouldn’t be one any time soon. We opted for the non-smoking section, since the bar was small and looked like it was merely an oversight crammed inside. She told us that we could switch when one became available, which we did soon after ordering our margaritas. This was no easy feat because by then we had a large basket of warm and freshly made chips, 2 strengths of salsa, and pico de gallo.

The menu at Juan’s is quite extensive, with all the staple Mexican dishes, as well as original dishes such as Mexican Kabobs, Carne de Puerco (pork stew), and Flour Tacos. Most of them are in the $7.50 - $11.95 price range, and they also have American fare and a child’s menu that includes dinosaurs, which our server Kathy explained were chicken nuggets that are not only a fave with kids but teach them to play with their food.

Why is it that no matter which Mexican restaurant you choose, their fajitas are considered the best by any one of innumerable Detroit newspapers? Nonetheless, since my dining companion prefers chicken and I prefer steak, we opted for the 2-fer because we could get both for $18.95, as opposed to one for $13.95. Unfortunately, we had to order sour cream and guacamole separately, but fajitas are not fajitas without them.

The ambience at Juan’s is incredible. Not only do all the staff and customers relate to each other comfortably, when Kathy brought our dish out, set it aflame, and uttered “Ole”, another table asked us what we were having as if they were in our party. Because their meals are freshly made, some of the dishes take longer, but they graciously allow customers to pick whatever sport they want to watch on one of several TVs while waiting.

Talk about large portions! This plate was huge, with chunks of steak, chicken, tomatoes, onions, and green peppers covered with now slightly wilted lettuce and melted cheese. We also got a large plate of beans and rice and tortillas. Although we sat at a table for four, it took a bit of juggling to fit it all in.

Not quite spicy enough for my taste, the fajitas were still yummy and by the time we had finished our meal, we had half of it left. Our two doggy boxes contained enough leftovers for at least another large meal. We estimated it to be around thetwo pound mark.

Juan’s Hacienda also has lunch specials, take-out, gift certificates, caters, welcomes private parties, and a good time had by all is guaranteed. We can’t wait to return to check out those kabobs.

Juan’s Hacienda
31313 Dequindre
Madison Heights, MI
(248) 583-9792

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