Girasoles Mexican food is located at 505 South Armstrong in Denison. They’re open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed Sundays.
Facility: There is parking all around the building including the back of the lot. The location of the business is in close proximity to other businesses so in the evening, if you needed to park near the restaurant, you’re still in walking distance.
When I was younger, Armstrong Street was the place to be. We would cruise up and down for hours. For the life of me, I cannot recall what this building used to be. Maybe someone reading this can help me out.
You can tell the building has been completely remodeled from the outside painting to the entrance. It was clean and there is plenty of seating.
When we entered the building, my guest and I were instructed to sit wherever we wanted. Shortly there after, our waiter Ernesto, came to get our drink order. My guest opted for a Coke ($2.25) and I had a margarita ($3.50). This is another Mexican food restaurant option that doesn’t use the standard margarita mix. I will tell you that one drink was sufficient for me. Please drink responsibly.
Food: For our appetizer, we ordered the small Chori queso ($5.25). It was creamy white cheese, with crumbles of chorizo on top. The queso was very flavorful. The only thing for me with my queso is I love tomatoes. Their queso didn’t have tomatoes so I dumped their salsa in it. Their salsa is more like a pico de gallo so it was really good in conjunction with their queso. Their salsa has tomato, onion and cilantro, mixed in a spicy sauce.
For dinner, my guest ordered the shredded beef burrito ($6.99) with queso sauce (99 cents). This burrito is huge. It was a large tortilla, stuffed with shredded beef, beans and cheese. The beef was tender and very flavorful and there is plenty of it.
The only thing I would mention is if you order a burrito and you want additional beans and rice, you will need to ask for these items to be added as a side.
For my dinner, I ordered the No. 15 ($10.75), which was a cheese enchilada, taco and chili relleno combo dinner. The combo dinners are served with Spanish rice and beans. I ordered this particular plate so that I could try some of the different flavors that they offer in this restaurant.
The enchilada was filled with cheese. I could taste the corn of the tortilla. The cheese was melted and it was tender.
The taco was crunchy and filled with ground beef. All of the veggies were included and they were fresh. I liked that the taco shell wasn’t the typical corn shell. It appeared to be a fresh made tortilla. It was really good and really flavorful.
The chili relleno was a battered, deep-fried pepper, filled with cheese. This is one of my favorite items to order whenever I go out to eat Mexican food. The breading combined with the cheese, the pepper and covered in Ranchero sauce is just fantastic. I would rate this chili relleno, right up there with Arroyos and La Mesa. All of them serve them a little different but all three are very good.
For dessert, we ordered the churros ($3.99) and the chimichanga cheesecake ($5.25).
The churros were served hot and they have a caramel filling. They had cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top. These churros were amazing — crunchy exterior, with soft caramel sweetness inside, and just a hint of cinnamon and sugar. You can’t go wrong with this dessert.
The cheesecake chimichangas are a tortilla filled with cream cheese and deep fried. They cut it in half and drizzled it with a raspberry sauce and a chocolate sauce. Another wonderful flavor combination and the presentation was beautiful. The cream cheese was blended with the crunchy shell and the chocolate and raspberry flavors. It was just amazing.
Final thoughts: This dining experience was great. The food was great, the atmosphere was relaxed and our waiter Ernesto wasn’t overbearing. He watched our table but he didn’t ask us every five minutes if we needed something. The menu has plenty of options from house favorites to specialties to dinner combos.
Have you eaten at this restaurant? What did you order? What is your favorite meal?
They do honor taco Tuesday, Wednesday is 10 percent off for anyone in uniform and Thursdays is senior day with 10 percent off your meal if you are 55 and older. Happy hour is from 3-7 p.m.