When you think of Brewerton, NY and dining, you probably think about eating seafood or bar offerings by the water, right? What if I told you that some of the best Mexican food I have ever had is also nestled into that sleepy little town on the shore of Oneida Lake? It’s true! Mariachi Mexican Restaurant on Brewerton Road excels in providing an affordable and authentic taste of Mexico.
Once seated and drink orders are taken, the feast begins with house fried tortilla chips and a rustic salsa with a sneaky heat that is beyond addictive. On a recent visit the wife and I ordered the guacamole to accompany the chips and salsa. This is a unique guacamole with a couple “secret” ingredients that the waitress slipped and blabbed to us, but in honor of not revealing their secret, all I can say is GET THE GUAC! If you have a solid palate, you should be able to figure it out on your own. One order went quicker than we expected and we re-upped for another bowl of what is hands down my favorite guacamole of all time.
Entrees were next, the wife ordered the Steak Chipotle for herself and I decided to go with my old standby, Chicken Flautas. The Steak Chipotle is essentially a ribeye steak smothered in a chipotle cream sauce and served with rice, beans and the typical accouterments for fajitas (flour tortillas, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, etc). The steak was cooked to a perfect medium rare and the chipotle cream sauce added a depth of flavor and just the slightest bit of smoky heat. Hot, juicy and tender, the steak stands up well to its accompaniments with a rich beefy flavor and amazing mouth feel.
The chicken flautas are simple, but absolutely perfect. Flour tortillas wrapped around well roasted, moist and delicious white meat chicken breast, deep fried (think about a giant taquito) and topped with a light flavorful queso blanco sauce and paired with rice and a guacamole salad. The flautas are crackly crisp and stay that way despite their coating of cheese sauce. The rice is light, subtly spiced and perfectly tender and the guacamole salad is a perfect foil to add another level of richness to the overall dish. For me this is the essence of Mexican grandmother food. Basic, well cooked and soulful. As cliché as it sounds, you really can taste the love.
The wife’s sweet tooth pointed us to their signature dessert, Deep Fried Ice Cream. This is a much different version than those I have had in the past. Instead of crushed corn cereal encompassing the frozen ball of cream before it takes its trip through the deep fryer, this version uses what I am guessing is a donut or sweet bread dough of some sort. Flash fried and covered in chocolate sauce and whipped cream, the balance of hot and cold, crunchy and creamy really makes this a truly decadent indulgence. This was a very nice ending to what, in my experiences, have been a multitude of amazing meals.
Mariachi’s menu is MASSIVE with 6 full pages of options from classics like tacos and burritos to fajitas, carnitas and carne asada. Rumor has it that their flan is to die for (they have been sold out the last 3 trips I have made there) and they also carry every flavor of Jarrito’s Mexican sodas in glass bottles.
All in all, this is as authentic as it is affordable, cozy, and a must try for any fans of Mexican food.
Located at: 9633 Brewerton Rd, Brewerton, NY 13029
Call for reservations or takeout : (315) 676-0229
Author: Scott Dixon