Rodrigo Gutierrez said that he worked 10 years at Mexican restaurants in Stillwater before striking out on his own and recently launching The Mariachis on the east side of Broken Arrow.
"This is what I always wanted, and I thought the Tulsa-Broken Arrow area was the best place to be, "said Gutierrez, a native of Guadalajara in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
Los Mariachis has a far-ranging menu of standard Tex-Mex fare and regional Mexican dishes, and it took awhile to settle on a recent weeknight visit.
La Hawaiana ($ 10.99) caught my eye, and it turned out to be a visual beauty. Half of a scooped-out pineapple shell was stuffed with grilled pineapple, thin-sliced rings of onion, tomato, bell peppers and chunks of chicken.
The veggies had a nice texture, and the dish was loaded with tender chicken and enough grilled pineapple for a little extra flavor. We had the tamale dinner ($ 7.99) and spinach quesadilla ($ 6.99).
The tamale dinner included one pork tamale The meat came with two flutes (choice of chicken or beef) smothered in.
cheese, guacamole salad and sour cream. My wife has little tolerance for cilantro, which was included in the guacamole, and the kitchen obliged by substituting sliced avocados in the dish.
The spinach quesadilla ($ 6.99) was OK but the least satisfying of our dishes. It was stuffed with cheese and spinach and also came with guacamole salad. The spinach may have been fresh, but it had a canned flavor nonetheless.
Dinners come with complimentary chips and salsa. The chips were thin, warm and crispy, and the salsa had bits of cilantro with just a touch of spiciness in the flavor.
Also look for daily chalkboard specials.
The Mariachis has full bar service, and a bar area is located in one of the two sizable dining areas. The gold-textured walls are decorated with hats and oversized, colorful bows. The rooms have a mix of booths and tables that look out to a large patio. Our server, Carolina, was cheerful and efficient.
To get there, take the last free exit (Oklahoma 51 to Coweta) off the Broken Arrow Expressway, and the restaurant is located just past the Creek Turnpike crosses the highway.
Scott Cherry 918-581-8463