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The tastes of southern Mexico in Castle Hills

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Los Azulejos features regional Mexican dishes with a bit of flair from executive chef and partner Daniel Mendoza. The menu includes Mar de Cortez, a dish with hot jumbo shrimp on a bed of ceviche. Photo by Collette Orquiz

CASTLE HILLS — Diners wishing to experience the fare of southern Mexico only have to go as far as Los Azulejos, said executive chef and partner Daniel Mendoza.

During the COVID-19 pandemic response, the restaurant’s dining area is closed, but Los Azulejos is open for takeout and delivery.

It opened in December at 2267 N.W. Military Highway, Suite 101 in Winston Hills Village.

“It’s not your typical Tex-Mex restaurant or other Mexican restaurant where you come in and eat tacos and tamales,” Mendoza said. “There’s nothing bad with that, but we try to do things different. We put Mexican food on another level.”

A Laredo native, Mendoza has spent more than 17 years in the restaurant industry, studying in Paris and Las Vegas. His family hails from the Michoacán and Guadalajara regions of Mexico, where many azulejos, or tiles, can be found.

Mendoza traveled across Mexico to find the best flavors for his dishes.

“I created (a menu) based on how I see things, how I like to eat, how I see art,” Mendoza said. “I like to go a little more out there than everybody else.”

Dishes include Huachinango al Guajillo, a roasted red snapper with cauliflower puree, roasted paprika lime potatoes, chiles chilacas, parmesan cheese, and roastwed garlic and guajillo chiles; and Corte Nueva York, a 10-ounce New York strip steak with ranchero sauce and poblano mashed potatoes.

Customers looking for lunch options will find enchiladas suizas, made with shredded chicken, green tomatillo sauce, Oaxaca cheese, white corn, sautéed potatoes, pumpkin seeds and red pickled onions.

Mendoza hopes to transform the patio into a lounge and have a live DJ on weekends.

During regular operation, Hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, and closed Monday through Wednesday.

LOS AZULEJOS

2267 N.W. Military Highway, Suite 101 in Castle Hills
For more, call 210-281-4500 or visit facebook.com/Los-Azulejos-Restaurante-103712431247310.

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