national guacamole day

¡Hola, amigos! Guess what this Saturday is?? It’s one of our favorite holidays of the year! No, not Cinco de Mayo, though we love it too. Okay, we’ll go ahead and give you a hint. It starts with guaca- and ends with -mole. Yep, it’s National Guacamole Day and we couldn’t be more ready! We’re so excited that we’re counting down the days to creamy, chunky, zesty, and savory (all the elements that make up Amigo guac) with a pop-guac quiz. So grab a chip, and let’s dip right in!

*Also, don't forget to stop by an Amigo Mexican Restaurant for a dip of Abuela's Guacamole, made fresh and chunky when you order! We start with a whole avocado and then we add fresh cilantro, tomatoes, onions and a hint of jalapeño just for that extra kick.

Sometimes in life all you need is a warm hug and a warm churro. If your week has been –let’s just say– less than sweet, we have just the fried fix for you! Our ooey, gooey, warm churros provide the ultimate sugar therapy that will melt away almost all your troubles. Still not totally convinced? Here are three reasons to save room for our famous, crispy Mexican pastry.

  1. Chocolate. Not sure about you, but we’re almost positive that anything with a decadent, chocolate drizzle is sure to be a game changer – despite lack of room for dessert.

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  2. Sugar. Who doesn’t love a little sweet every now and then? Our sugary churros are crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, accompanied with the perfect blend of savory sweetness.

  3. Cinnamon. Cinnamon is the star of the show and a churro’s best friend. Rightfully so, these piping hot, traditional Mexican Churros are fried to perfection and flawlessly spiced. Talk about a trifecta of flavor!

  4. BONUS: As if these 3 reasons weren’t enough, we paired our Churros with 3 scoops of rich, creamy, vanilla ice cream – making this dessert the numero uno sweetness in your life.

For more delicious Mexican desserts, try one of these at your local Amigo Mexican Restaurant.

Xango

A cheesecake burrito deep-fried and topped with three scoops of vanilla ice cream and strawberries.

Sopapilla With Ice Cream

Indulge yourself with our most popular dessert pastry! The Sopapilla is fried and topped with three scoops of rich vanilla ice cream. Then drizzled with the perfect combination of chocolate and honey, sprinkled with cinnamon.

Flan (Mexican Custard)

A Mexican delicacy. Our flan custard is rich and creamy, drizzled with a delicious caramelized topping.

Fried Ice Cream

Treat yourself to our creamy vanilla ice cream, quickly dipped into the fryer for just the right amount of crispiness. Then topped with all your favorites: honey, chocolate, whipped cream, sprinkled with cinnamon and topped with a cherry. 

Ladies and Gentlemen: Bow down to beverage royalty… reining at the throne as the most popular cocktail, the Margarita is a total classic. Its refreshing blend of salt, lime, orange liqueur, and thirst-quenching tequila make it most deserving of devotion.

Chattanooga Happy Hour Margarita

While the cocktail-martini hybrid basics may scream simplicity, we like to think of the marg as the perfect base to experiment, blending new tropical tastes and flavors… one of its best qualities!

In its purest form, the classic Margarita (whether on the rocks or frozen) is the quintessential cocktail to accompany any Mexican plate. Cause sometimes, less really is more. But if you’re feeling bold, we offer a multitude of margs that pack a punch.

Try out our Chamoy Margarita. Salty, sweet, sour, and spicy, it’s an absolute flavor knockout! This margarita is refreshingly citrusy, subtly chile-spiced, seriously delicious, and perfect for these hot summer days! (East Ridge, TN location only)

While everyone has their own idea of what the perfect margarita tastes like, all our amigos agree, our margs can’t be beat! Frozen or on the rocks, flavors include: Margarona, Mango, Peach, Passionfruit, Strawberry, and Raspberry. Cool off with a 12oz. Texas Margarita, 27oz. Jumbo, or grab a 60oz. Pitcher for sharing!

Our summer recommendation? A sweet and spicy, Tajin-rimmed (Chili Lime) Frozen Mango Margarita! Tajin is a unique blend made of world-class chilies, lime, and sea salt.

Sip down 2 for the price of 1 during Happy Hour (daily). East Ridge, Brainerd, Hixson from 3-9pm and 4-8pm at Johnson City and Elizabethton locations. See you soon!

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What Makes a Salad a "Salad"?

If you're on a diet, Mexican food may seem definitely off menu – however, you don't have to give it up! It's all in the fresh ingredients, as salads come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors! Let's start with the basics: greens, fruits, veggies, and toppings. With the majority of salads, lettuce is used as the base ingredient, however, these leafy layers do not wholly define what it means to be "salad." Here are 8 Summer "Salads" that defy the salad standard.

TACO SALAD A fried flour tortilla bowl filled with ground beef, refried beans, lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole and tomatoes.

ENSALADA FRESCA Fresh romaine hearts topped with your choice of meat, fresh onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, two slices of avocado and shredded white cheese. Served with your choice of Grilled Chicken, Grilled Steak, Grilled Shrimp, and dressing.

AMIGO SALAD A fried flour tortilla bowl filled with layers of rice, lettuce and your choice of meat. Covered with grilled onions, bell peppers and mushrooms, topped with our famous white cheese sauce. Served with your choice of Grilled Chicken, Grilled Carnitas, Grilled Steak, Grilled Shrimp, Texas-Style Chicken, or Steak and Shrimp.

TACOS FLACOS A healthier take on our traditional-style tacos. Three lettuce wraps are filled with strips of grilled steak or chicken, topped with fresh cilantro and onions. Served with your choice of Grilled Chicken or Grilled Steak and a side of salsa verde.

DE LA CASA SALAD Fresh romaine hearts topped with Amigo’s homemade avocado sauce, sour cream and tomatoes.


LA TAPATIA
Your choice of meat sautéed with zucchini, onions, mushrooms and soy sauce topped with our delicious white cheese sauce. Served with rice and three flour tortillas. Garnished with lettuce, sour cream and mango pineapple sauce to give it the final touch. Served with your choice of Grilled Chicken, Grilled Carnitas, Grilled Steak, Grilled Shrimp.

CRISPY CHICKEN SALAD Fresh romaine hearts topped with premium crispy chicken, fresh onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, two slices of avocado and shredded white cheese. Served with your choice of dressing. 

TOSSED SALAD Fresh romaine hearts topped with fresh bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and shredded cheese.

And technically, you can make anything a salad, right? As long your Amigo entrée is accompanied with our Guacamole Salad, or Sour Cream Salad, including fresh lettuce, and tomatoes. (Nachos, Burritos, and and Enchiladas, we're talking to you!)

So, what's your definition of a salad? What you choose to make a salad out of it 100% up to you!

chips and salsa

Since May is National Salsa Month, we give you an ode to the red stuff. After all, without it, what would we fill up on before our entrees arrive?

Let the Salsa guide you – to Amigo’s

With each savory bite, salsa is the perfect
complement to every entrée,
the necessity to a Happy Hour margarita,
and the best accessory to each salty tortilla chip. 
Spicy, savory and oh so satisfying.
Salsa, we salute you!
Ranging from mild mouthful to fiery fare.
Here’s to you and every Amigo’s meal
you make complete.

Whether you’re topping or dipping, Amigo’s salsa reigns King as the ultimate fresh Mex accouterment. Using the freshest ingredients and our secret family recipe, we proudly serve this silent hero.

Maybe it’s the juicy, ripe produce or the freshly made tortilla chips that keeps you coming back time and time again. Whatever your favorite reason, Amigo’s salsa is sure to hit the spot. We must warn you though, our salsa can be habit forming! 

Margarona Amigo

The hours in the day are never long enough for the stress-inducing demand of traffic jams, meetings, or toddler tantrums. And at some point, it might seem like there’s nothing you can do about your elevated levels of stress. But, after taking a deep breath, you might begin to realize that you have more control than you previously thought. In fact, managing stress is all about taking initiative: of your lifestyle, thoughts, and the way you confront challenges. No matter how stressful your life may seem, there are simple steps to relieve the pressure and easily manage stress.

Here are three steps for stress relief, as follows:

1. Come to Amigo’s
2. Come to Amigo’s
3. Come to Amigo’s

Take a few minutes to unwind, come to Amigo's, and solve this Amigo Mexican Restaurant themed crossword puzzle (with a margarita in-hand, of course) to reduce your stress today!

 
 

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How well do you know Mexican food? Maybe not as well as you once thought. Here are 5 facts about Mexican food that just might surprise you!

Fact #1 Tortillas used to be canned.

Yes, you read that right. Store-bought tortillas were most commonly found in the canned food aisle! While these nonperishables were once stocked on the shelves, this Mexican food phenomenon is no longer found in stores.

Fact #2 Not All Mexican Food Is Spicy.

As a prevalent ingredient in most Mexican dishes, the chili pepper does not always mean every dish is hot. Some Mexican dishes, for example, dance with sweet, savory notes. I mean come on, have you tried our Traditional Corn Tamale?

Fact #3 Mexican Food is HEALTHY!

Mexican food is actually a healthy choice, despite its carb-filled reputation. It combines the perfect blend of food groups and natural feel-good nutrients, which release endorphins that make us feel happy. Finally you can enjoy the low fat, low calorie flavors of Amigo’s without all the guilt.

Fact #4 Most of our favorite foods come from Mexico.

Did you know that Mexico has provided many of the world’s favorite foods? These ingredients include beans, avocados, chili peppers, corn, tomatoes, the cacao and vanilla bean. What would the word be like without chocolate or vanilla? Sad, just sad.

Fact #5 The first meal of the day is always sweet.

Okay, maybe not a fact but more of an opinion, we strongly believe that dessert should never be overlooked. Fact: It is common in Mexican culture for churros to be served up for breakfast. At Amigo Mexican Restaurant, we serve up a plate of warm, deep-fried pastries drizzled with a sugary, sweet, chocolate sauce and a side of ice cream. Talk about the breakfast of champions!

salsa and margarita logo

So, what do margaritas and tortilla chips have in common? Aside from being a delicious gift from the Heavens…. Yep, you guessed it – SALT! Not only that, but they also share the same National Food & Drink Week – this week! (All the more reason to eat at Amigo’s, right??!) In homage of this Mexican, flavor-filled week, here are 5 reasons to come to Amigo Mexican Restaurant looking for your lost shaker of salt.

1. Two for One Margs. To share or not to share? You decide. Get two margaritas for the price of one during happy hour, everyday. Flavored, traditional, frozen, or on the rocks, you can’t go beat an Amigo’s margarita. Call your favorite location for specific times and prices.

2. All the Dips. Consider the tortilla chip your edible spoon for delicious, freshly prepared dips. We’re talkin’ guac, queso, bean, spinach, and Amigo dip! Heck, order all 5 and double dip, we’re not judging.

3. Salt = Healthy. Studies have shown that an adequate amount of sodium actually encourages a healthy weight and fast metabolism. With that said, bring on the bottomless chips! And can we get an amen for the extra salt rimmed margarita?! Amen.

4. On a Budget? No Problem. There’s no denying that everyone needs authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex in their life (cough... a couple of times a week, at minimum). We can also agree that there’s no need in spending a fortune to enjoy it either. Join us for a budget-friendly fiesta today!

5. Make it an Amigo Fiesta! Bring a friend and stop in for some gooey queso goodness, kickin’ margaritas, warm tortillas, fresh chips and salsa, and authentic Mexican food that can’t be beat.

MARGARITA

Good mood, bad mood... whatever the mood, our delicious dishes and tasty treats are sure to hit the spot. We'll help you select the perfect meal to put a smile on your face and goodness in your stomach.

Nachos: You didn’t come to cut your food up and push it around your plate, you nacho lover you. You came to get messy and dig in. Forget the bib they gave you at the seafood restaurant, you sat down equipped with all you need… hands and napkins. Stressed, depressed, elated or just plain hangry, you know that those crunchy chips and delicious toppings leave you feeling oh so satisfied.

Burrito: Unlike the messy nacho fan with guacamole on his elbows and queso on his cheeks, you prefer a neater approach to dining. We can’t say we blame you, though. While there is something to be said for a stack of chips, cheese, meat, beans and toppings, it can’t compare to the gift wrap you can eat. You ice princess, burrito eater, you don’t wear your emotions or food on your sleeve. You prefer your ingredients neatly rolled away, just like your feelings.

Pollo Picoso: There’s no denying that you like it hot, hot, hot. Whether it’s the queso or the spicy salsa, the Pollo Picoso gets your blood pumping. You aren’t the one to walk away from a situation, you suit up and hit the field. You are the type that always chooses dare, accepts all challenges and thinks you are the toughest guy in the room. If you can finish the Pollo Picoso, you’ve won the Amigo championship.

Margaritas: Ms. “I’d rather drink my calories”, we feel you. Breakups and celebrations alike both pair well with ice cold tequila. You’ve had years of practice honing your wildcard status and recognize that the only thing better than a margarita is two margaritas. We enjoy your appreciation of tequila, questionable decision making and ability to rally like the champ you are. Now, go ahead and order the queso or the guac’… you know you want it and we won’t tell.

Dinner drinkers and Mexican food lovers can all unite over dinner at Amigo Mexican Restaurant. One warning, "we may be habit forming."

Steak Burrito 892We’ve all had them and can all relate that “terrible, no good, very bad days” are the worst. Before you decide to research plane tickets to some faraway place, we’ve got 5 simple steps to turn your frown upside down and your day into a fiesta! Take notes, amigos!

Step 1: Queso and Guac
Forget emotions. We don’t know about you, but we’d prefer to be full queso and guac. There is absolutely no denying that queso is one of the greatest comfort foods known to man. It’s rich, creamy and oh so delicious. You have guac to be kidding us if you think a bad day can’t be cured without chips and guac or queso.

Step 2: Margaritas
Nothing can wash away work woes or relationship drama faster than the cold, salt rimmed rim of margarita. Frozen or on the rocks, flavored or traditional, take your pick! Any Amigo margarita you choose is sure to wash away your aliments. We’ve heard that alcohol doesn’t solve problems… but neither does milk… so…

Step 3: Burritos
Do you know what helps make a bad day better? Presents… and food. Combine the two and what do you get? A burrito! After all, tortillas are basically gift wrap you can eat. Meat, cheese, veggies, rice and all the saucy deliciousness neatly rolled into that soft, warm tortilla is just what the doctor ordered!

Step 4: Desserts
Stressed spelled backwards just happens to say desserts. Coincidence? We think not. If life’s problems have you squeezing that stress ball a little harder than usual, we’ve got the answer. Flan, churros and fried ice cream have all been proven to put you in a much sweeter mood.

Step 5: Tequila
When all else fails… go for the big guns. Tequila doesn’t ask questions. Tequila understands.

When the bad day blues have you dreaming of better days, head over to Amigo Mexican Restaurant! We’ve been known to make bad days better, but beware… We May Be Habit Forming!

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Mexican Restaurant Locations

  • East Ridge

    3805 Ringgold Rd
    East Ridge, Tennessee 37412
    (423) 624-4345 
  • Brainerd

    5794 Brainerd Road
    Chattanooga, Tennessee 37411
    (423) 499-5435
  • Red Bank

    1906 Dayton Blvd
    Red Bank, Tennessee 37415
    (423) 870-9928 
  • Hixson

    5450 Highway 153
    Hixson, Tennessee 37343
    (423) 875-8049
  • Harrison

    6701 Tennessee 58
    Harrison, TN 37341
    (423) 710-8970 
  • Johnson City Crossings

    3211 Peoples St,Suite 70,
    Johnson City, TN 37604
    (423) 952-0551 
  • W. Market Street

    1705 W Market St.
    Johnson City, TN 37604
    (423) 975-0252
  • Elizabethton

    623 W Elk Ave
    Elizabethton, TN 37643
    (423) 543-1711 
  • Jonesborough

    125 E Jackson Blvd
    Jonesborough, TN 37659
    (423) 788-2804