Everything’s better with dip. Going to a Mexican restaurant and foregoing cheese dip or guacamole is like going to the swimming pool to sweat it out in a patio chair. Just why? But in case you need a little convincing before your next trip to see us, we’ve got five reasons to order a dip with your meal. Our great appetizers at Amigo take your dining experience to the next level, every time.
Reason numero uno you just have to order a dip at Amigo is they show up to your table first thing with the drinks. This is great news especially if you’re super hungry when you arrive. That way you don’t have to wait for your friends to decide what they want to order or the cooks to prepare your meals before you can dig right in.
Another reason to get a dip is they’re great to share with the whole table. Win the hearts of your friends or fam when you order a dip or two for everyone to enjoy pre meal.
Another solid reason to order the dip is they add another dimension of flavor to your already delicious Amigo dish. If you’ve never drizzled cheese dip across your entree or added a spoonful of guac to your taco, what are you even doing with your life?
This is actually the only reason you need– they are just plain delicious. Also, we have NINE different dips to choose from, so there’s something for everyone. Keep it classic with our regular cheese dip and guacamole, or jazz it up and try the Amigo dip– sautéed spinach, onion, tomato, and fresh cilantro topped with cheese sauce. Try them all!
Every day is a good day for dips, but especially Tuesdays! Our amazing dips are actually ½ off on Tuesdays, so plan your next Amigo excursion accordingly.
Check out our full list of our great appetizer dips on our menu, and come see us soon. We’ll be the ones serving up endless chips.
If you ask us, there are few things in life better than chips and salsa, especially our delicious, house-made salsa at Amigo Mexican Restaurant. Of course, there always seems to be leftover salsa after your meal is finished, and you’d be remiss to throw it out. SO if you're wondering what to do with leftover salsa, we’ve got ten creative uses that just might inspire you to take that beloved, spicy, tomato-based sauce home with you to live another day.
1– Top your morning scrambled eggs or omelet.
Breakfast is one of life’s greatest joys. Make your morning meal even better with a drizzle of spicy salsa from Amigo.
2– Add a dollop of salsa to your burger.
On burger night, turn up the heat with a little salsa on top of your burger instead of ketchup and mustard.
3– Use it as a dip for your grilled cheese.
No time to make tomato soup? No problem. Just dip your grilled cheese sandwich in salsa for a Mexican twist on this classic combo.
4– Mix it into meatloaf.
Step aside, ketchup. Add your leftover salsa to mom’s famous meatloaf recipe for a fun take on this American favorite.
5– Make homemade gazpacho.
Use your leftover Amigo salsa to make your own version of the Andalusian classic soup. This light, fresh, no-cook soup is easy to make, with cucumbers, jalapeños, tomatoes, and vegetable stock puréed– and of course, leftover salsa.
6– Make a dip.
Looking for a quick afternoon snack? Mix your leftover salsa with goat cheese for a delicious and quick dip for crackers and raw veggies.
7– Homemade ceviche.
Leftover salsa, but make it fancy. If you’re a ceviche fan, make your own at home by combining your Amigo salsa with lemon or lime juice. Ba da bing.
8– Make Mexican baked chicken.
For a quick and easy weeknight dinner, top chicken breasts with leftover salsa and shredded cheese before baking. After a long day of work, you’ll appreciate this speedy, low-effort dinner.
9– Sub it for pasta sauce.
Add a kick to pasta night when you sub leftover salsa for marinara sauce. This can add a nice layer of flavor for an alfredo dish or a simple olive oil-based pasta meal.
10– Make burrito bowls.
This easy meal is delicious, but also a great option for those who swear by meal prep. Rice, beans, whatever toppings you prefer, a little leftover salsa, and you’ve got lunches for the whole week your coworkers will covet.
At the end of the day, we don’t care how you use your leftover salsa, as long as you use it. Next time you eat with us at your neighborhood Amigo Mexican Restaurant, don’t forget a ramekin to take your salsa to go! Get creative, and you can enjoy the flavor of Amigo even when you’re cooking at home.
They call it Happy Hour for a reason, Amigos. Cause it makes you happy! Having a drink to wind down after your workday with a friend, significant other, or even just solo is a great way to decompress, treat yo self, and enjoy what would otherwise be an ordinary, humdrum cook-clean-sleep weeknight.
Chattanooga happy hour at Amigo is a great time to try a new drink, because if it’s not your jam, you’re not out the full price! But it’s also okay to stick to your faves, and be predictably you. Whatever makes you happiest. Regardless, we think your go-to beverage is a tell tale when it comes to personality type, so here are our thoughts on what your happy hour drink says about you...
Marg drinkers are: Risk Takers, High Energy, Wild
If you’re a tequila drinker, you’re also probably the life of the party. You’re here to have a great time, and the people around you will likely have a great time too based on proximity alone. A little salt, a little lime, and a lot of tequila, the world is your oyster, and you’re not afraid to make each day one to remember (or one to forget if circumstances and marg count warrant such). If there’s a dance floor, you’ll certainly be on it, and you’re not worried about what anyone thinks either.
Paloma drinkers are: Fun, Social, Ready for Anything
You’re a night owl, and there isn’t a party invite you’ll ever decline. You love socializing, meeting new people, and making new friends along the way. If there’s music playing, you’re dancing, and your magnetic energy is likely drawing others out of their shells while you're at it. You treat each day like a vacation, because you know it’s all about state of mind.
Shot + Beer drinkers are: Laid Back, Traditional, Efficient
You’re likely sitting at the bar either alone or with one other close friend, and you may have even brought a book with you too. You enjoy newspaper crossword puzzles which you confidently complete in pen, live bands, dive bars, and keepin’ it simple. You know in your heart of hearts that nothing gets the job done quite like the classic Boilermaker– a shot and a beer.
Old Fashioned drinkers are: Traditional, Sophisticated, Independent
You are a little fancy, but not in a pretentious way. You may don jeans and a button down, but if so, that shirt is probably at least a little crisp. You’re the type who is both fashionably late to the party and one of the first to dip ‘cause you came, you saw, and then you wanted to go home and sit fireside with a great book, your dog curled up at your feet.
Wine Drinkers are: Traditional, Adventurous, Self Aware
Wine is your go-to bev of choice for many reasons, one being because it’s the easiest drink to refill. (Keep em comin!) You’re a conversationalist at heart, like to keep things low key, and you’re self assured in a way that people enjoy rather than finding themselves turned off by. You work hard, and you relax hard too as soon as that clock strikes 5.
Mocktail drinkers are: Responsible, Social, Creative
You’re the mom of your friend group, and always planning ahead, being practical, and still managing to enjoy your outings regardless of that hefty sense of responsibility. Your friends both fully trust you and completely enjoy the energy you add to a gathering, even when you’re keeping things completely virgin.
No matter what your drink of choice is, we hope you’ll come enjoy one or two at Amigo after work one day soon during happy hour. Bring a friend. Invite your coworkers. Have a fun date night. Come alone. We’d love to serve you up a cold one of your choice while we ponder what your happy hour drink tells us about you, because as it appears, Chattanooga happy hour is just one of many ways you can bare your soul!
Let’s face it. The work week can be tough! When you’ve got your nose to the grindstone, it’s important to have things to look forward to AND to take a break everyday so you can recharge, and return to the office or workspace fueled and ready to tackle the latter part of the day. Don’t skip lunch, okay? It’s important, and well...you deserve it! And when it comes to lunch restaurants Chattanooga, we have to say we think Amigo is among the most favored favorites. Here are 5 ways to have the BEST lunch break ever at Amigo Mexican Restaurant.
Life is too short to not get the appetizer, amigos. Whether it’s our famous queso, abuela’s guacamole, or a different dip of your choice, starting the meal off with a little dip n’ drip action is always a great way to level up that lunch break.
Lunch is better with an amigo. DUH! Whether you’re bringing along someone from the office or meeting someone else at your neighborhood Amigo location, great food is better with great friends.
Our food is always fresh, delicious, and made to order. There are so many options to choose from, from light salads to traditional Mexcian favorites. Pick your poison, and enjoy your 60 minutes away from the desk in the best possible way.
Take advantage of special lunchtime pricing on some of our most popular dishes and combinations. That means you can enjoy a great meal, and some time away from work without breaking the bank. When you lunch at Amigo, you get great food and at a great price.
Especially these days, it feels great to shop local and support small businesses when making purchases. Let your lunch make a difference for our community when you eat local!
And remember, lunch is an important part of the day, so make sure you spend yours well. When you’re checking out lunch restaurants Chattanooga, pop by your closest Amigo and make lunchtime a fiesta. We can’t wait to see you!
We love any opportunity to feast on tacos, shoot tequila, and sip margs, but do we really know the reasons behind the celebration of Cinco de Mayo? The odds are, you probably don’t know a whole lot about the why. So here are CINCO facts about this holiday that may be news to you.
Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexico’s independence from Spain. September 16th is actually remembered as the day the Mexican war for independence against the Spanish government began back in 1810. Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of a smaller military victory won at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, during which the Mexican soldiers achieved a surprising win against French invaders.
Ever heard of the “Good Neighbor Policy”? This was enacted by Franklin D. Roosevelt during his presidency in effort to help improve international relations with Latin American countries. It was due to this policy that Cinco de Mayo became more widely celebrated in the U.S. beginning in the 1950s and 60s, and was eventually named a national holiday. So thank former President FDR next time you’re sippin’ a margarita in early May!
In some places, they take Cinco de Mayo celebrations to the next level with parades, festivals, and more. In fact, in Chandler, Arizona, they celebrate the holiday with chihuahua races with the owner of the fastest pup receiving a cash prize! This offers a family-friendly alternative to the more intoxicating forms of celebration, and well...it’s pretty dang cute. Think horse races, but on a smaller scale with this tiny, Mexican breed of dog. Denver, CO is also known for its popular Cinco de Mayo celebrations and chihuahua races which draw an estimated 400,000 attendees! We’ll drink to that.
As you can imagine, Cinco de Mayo is a super popular day for making guacamole, and as a result, suppliers have to plan ahead to meet the demand for sales. Apparently Cinco de Mayo is the second most important date for avocado sales in the U.S., second only to the Super Bowl. According to the California Avocado Commission, 87 million pounds of avocados are purchased in preparation for the holiday alone. Holy guacamole! That’s a lot of avocados.
Traditionally eaten in the town of Puebla, mole poblano is considered to be the official dish of the holiday. This traditional Mexican dish features a creamy, dark chocolate sauce infused with roughly 40 various spices for a rich, delicious flavor. The sauce is usually served over chicken or turkey and served with rice and beans.
If you’re feeling the spirit of the holiday, come celebrate it with your friends at Amigo Mexican Restaurant. From delicious traditional Mexican dishes, to tequila, margaritas, and more, we’ve got all the food and drink you need to celebrate Cinco in style! Not up for restaurant hangs? Order online, and get it to go! We can’t wait to see you soon.
Valentine’s Day is a special time for you and your boo, but what will you do this year to celebrate? We’ve got 6 reasons why you should bring your date to Amigo Mexican Restaurant this year, and it all begins with the right appetizer.
1– Guac Your Valentine’s World
Reason one is you can start the date off with a delicious appetizer of guacamole and chips, or go big and get several dips. When I dip, you dip, we dip. And if you like it chunky, be sure to try Abuela’s Guacamole complete with a hint of jalapeño for just the right amount of heat.
2– Taco Bout How Much You Love Each Other
Ok, nothing says “l love you” like the best tacos in town, right? So this Valentine’s Day, enjoy tacos– beef, bean, crunchy, soft shell, or mexicano– at your favorite Chattanooga Mexican restaurant. Don’t forget to taco bout how lucky you are to have such a spicy date.
3– This is Nacho Friend Zone– It’s the Love Zone
Go ahead. Sit on the same side of the booth, and share a plate of our delicious nachos smothered in that delicious queso. Because let’s be real, nothing says love quite like cheese.
4– You Can Buy Her a Bae-ritto
Buy your gal a bae-ritto this Valentine’s Day at your neighborhood Amigo, and she’ll thank you later. Try the beef, bean, veggie, shredded chicken, grilled steak, carnitas, and even grilled shrimp. And don’t forget to tell your girl you have strong fillings for her.
5– Lettuce Celebrate Love with an Amigo Salad
Cozy up, and share an Amigo Salad with your Valentine. This delicious fried flour tortilla bowl comes filled with layers of rice, lettuce, your choice of meat, and is topped off with grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms, and our famous white queso sauce. Queso, you’re gonna love it.
6– Margaritas for One Are Still Fun
If you’re flying solo this year on V-day, don’t fret. Just come grab a table for one, order a couple of margaritas, and bring a book to read. Perhaps Tequila Mockingbird? You choose, but we know how to keep the drinks and dips flowing.
No matter how you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, who you’re with, or what you order, we hope you’ll come see us at Amigo Mexican Restaurant, or order take out or delivery for a fun and spicy night in with your amor.
Over the years, we’ve heard it all... Here are a few of our favorite reasons why we’ll see you this holiday season
Are you aware of just how healthy avocado is for you? As if you needed another reason to eat at Amigo Mexican Restaurant, this delicious key player in guacamole has a lot going for it other than incredible taste. The health benefits of avocado are actually pretty incredible, and they may just make you say “si, claro,” next time you ponder ordering that beloved guacamole before dinner!
One of the draws of eating avocado is these little, green dudes are packed with vitamins and minerals like vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, riboflavin, niacin, folate, magnesium, and potassium. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one serving of avocado contains 64 calories, almost 6 grams of fat, 3.4 grams of carbohydrate, less than a gram of sugar, and nearly 3 grams of fiber.
Another health benefit of avocado is the omega-3 fatty acids it provides for the body. Avocados are full of healthy fats that are beneficial to the body in many ways. Healthy fat consumption supports skin health, boosts the immune system, and helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins and nutrients. Avocados also contain beta-sitosterol which can help the body maintain healthy cholesterol levels for improved heart health.
Avocados are also high in fiber, despite the creamy texture they’re known for. In fact one half of an avocado has approximately 6 to 7 grams of fiber. These natural fibers are great for maintaining a healthy, functioning digestive tract, and potentially lowering the risk of colon cancer.
So it’s no secret that avocado, particularly in the form of guac on your tac, has the power to make you do a little happy food dance, but it’s actually good for your brain. High in folate, avocado can actually help decrease the risk of depression. Folate helps to prevent the building up of homocysteine, which is a substance that can impair circulation in the body preventing the successful delivery of vital nutrients to the brain. Excess homocysteine can also inhibit the production of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which all work to regulate mood, appetite, and sleep!
So if you needed any coaxing in the arena of guacamole consumption, you’ve come to the right place. And honestly, if you’re going to have an appetizer before your taco feast at your neighborhood Amigo, choosing that avocado-based magical concoction comes with great flavor and a myriad of health benefits so you can snack guilt free.
In effort to fuel your love for delicious Mexican take out while also inspiring your appreciation for Mexican culture, we’ve put together a little list of film suggestions to pair with your favorite tacos to go. Some are old and some are new, but they’re all a great way to spend a night in!
Couch, tacos to go, and Selena? Sign us up. This 1997 film celebrates the life and music of Tehano music star, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, a recording artist who was beloved in Mexico and the Latino communities across the United States. Perks: see J Lo in her breakout role as Selena, and get off the couch for a post-tacos dance party. ¡Baila Esta Cumbia!
Another film choice for your fiesta at home (con tacos) is the 2017 3D computer-animated film Coco. The concept for this film was inspired by the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, and it features an all-Latino principal cast. Praised for its animation, voice acting, emotional storyline, incredible score of music, and its respect for Mexican culture, Coco is a must see. Word to the wise: you may want to keep the tissues nearby when you view this one. Tears + tacos? No shame in that! Go ahead. Get in those feels.
Can’t leave this one out. This 2002 American biographical drama details aspects of the professional and private life of Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican surrealist artist. Starring Salma Hayek in the title role and Alfred Molina as Diego Rivera, Frida received positive reviews, and won two Academy Awards– Best Makeup and Best Original Score. Learn a little more about the life, love, work, and strange traumas of this Mexican artist, of course, with a side of tacos to go!
Unlike our very simple tacos-to-go instructions (literally step 1: order tacos to go from Amigos + step 2: enjoy them), babies don’t come with instructions. Instructions Not Included, a 2013 comedy-drama, follows the story of a Mexican playboy whose seductions must take pause when an ex-fling shows up at his doorstep with a baby she claims he fathered. The woman flees leaving our protagonist to figure out life as a dad. This unorthodox film stitches together moments of comedy with raw human emotion to tell a tale about life, love, courage, and parenthood. Give it a try with your next Amigo take out order!
If you’re looking for an uplifting film selection that’ll warm the heart, consider watching the 2009 film El Estudiante with your Amigos tacos to go. El Estudiante weaves the tale of a 70-year-old man, Chano, who enrolls in a local university, despite his age, to study literature. Chano’s love for literature, and particularly Don Quixote fuels his attempts to bridge the generation gap between himself and his much younger college counterparts. Love, hope, and solidarity are recurring themes in this film, as Chano gracefully plays both student and teacher.
Regardless of what you’re streaming, we hope you’ll pair it with delicious tacos to go from your neighborhood Amigos. And don’t forget the cheese dip!
Spring is in the air, and that means a few upcoming holidays are on our radar. Spring break is just around the corner, but our next big holiday on the calendar is St. Patrick’s Day. Green beer, parades, and sauerkraut. Kiss me, I’m Irish tees abound, and everyone is happy for an excuse to party on a weekday. But we’re here to tell you why Cinco de Mayo is a far superior holiday to this faux-religious celebration of a saint who– let’s face it– likely has little to nothing to do with you.
Wearing green or not, no one is going to pinch you during Cinco de Mayo! St. Patrick’s Day traditions involve a weird, seemingly pointless right to pinch those who choose not to wear green on the Irish holiday. I mean, talk about nonsense. Cinco is all about Amigos, celebration, margs, and friends. No violence allowed, dudes.
Let’s talk about green beer for a second. It’s actually kinda gross. Maybe it feels festive and fun, but at the end of the day, who wants to consume extra food dye just for the sake of a party? So for Cinco de Mayo, we keep it natural with delicious tequila! Salt, tequila, and lime the night away, or opt for traditional margaritas to celebrate the better holiday of the two. No one can argue that a little Patrón isn’t far classier than beer plus fast dye GREEN #3.
To put it simply, Mexican food is better than that traditional Irish fare. It just is. Ruebens and kraut take a backseat to enchiladas and fajitas any day of the week, period. You know there’s basically nothing better than cheese dip from Amigo Mexican Restaurant, and no better way to celebrate a holiday than dunkin’ dem chips like there’s no tomorrow.
Ok, seriously. Which is more fun? Giant, colorful sombreros with sequins and flair or just wearing green? No contest! Any holiday is only enhanced by the opportunity to wear something festive. Themed outfits are a great addition to any drinking excursion. The 4th brings American flag garb galore. Christmas comes wrapped in ugly sweaters. Cinco de Mayo begs sombreros. And St. Patty’s day? A pop of green? BORING. Plus, green is just not everyone’s color.
We’ll admit that with drinking holidays the reason isn’t necessarily paramount. That said, Cinco has a pretty dang cool reason behind it as holidays go. St. Patty’s is all about celebrating Saint Patrick who did who knows what and was important for who knows why. But did you know that Cinco de Mayo is a real underdog story? Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not a holiday to celebrate Mexico’s independence. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in remembrance of the Battle of Puebla, in which a way-outnumbered army defeated the French during the French-Mexican War. It was some real good vs evil stuff. A Neville Longbottom stands up to Voldemort type situation. A David and Goliath moment. This particular battle demonstrated Mexico’s ability to defend its sovereignty against those who would seek to compromise it. And let’s get real. Who wouldn’t wanna drink to that?
So, in conclusion, Cinco de Mayo is superior to St. Patty’s Day in many ways. Come drink with us at Amigo, and celebrate all the holidays, real or made up. But the way we see it, March 17th is basically just a pre-game opportunity for the main event– Cinco de Mayo!