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Enjoy Mexican Food at El Tapatio in Moab
Traditional Menudo Served on Weekends
By Sharon Sullivan
El Tapatio Family Mexican Restaurant, located at 125 S. Main St. in Moab serves traditional Mexican cuisine seven days a week.

The menu is extensive, with various tacos, tortas and tostados, as well as burritos, enchiladas and fajitas with beef, pork, chicken or seafood. Vegetarian options are available, as well, plus an array of appetizers and combination plates.

Popular dishes include the rib-eye rancheros (steak served with rice and beans, jalapeño guacamole and pico de gallo), and, the crispy chile rellenos, said restaurant co-owner and manager Esveidi Palma. Palma shares ownership of the family-run franchise with her uncle Juan Carlos Medina.

The restaurant is also well-known for its coleslaw – which is served along with complimentary chips and salsa when guests first arrive, Palma added.

“People love it!” she said. “It’s freshly made every day with cabbage, tomato, onion, jalapeños, lime juice, orange juice and pineapple juice.”

Enjoy a late breakfast – or order eggs anytime – the menu includes huevos rancheros, or machaca con huevos (shredded beef scrambled with eggs, onions, and bell peppers). There’s also huevos a la Mexicana (scrambled eggs cooked with chopped tomatoes, onions and jalapeños). All egg dishes come served with rice and beans and your choice of flour or corn tortillas.

On Saturdays and Sundays, El Tapatio offers homemade menudo – a popular traditional Mexican soup made with beef tripe, a soup that their family grew up eating, says Palma.

Chicken tortilla soup, as well as various salads are available every day.

Lunch and dinner specials vary daily. There’s also a kids’ menu for the smaller appetites.

Additionally, you’ll find Mexican and American beers, as well as a full bar serving tropical fruit-based drinks such as margaritas, tequila sunrise, mojitos, piña coladas, and other specialty drinks.

Traditional Mexican nonalcoholic beverages – Horchata, Jamaica, and Tamarindo – are on the menu and are made fresh daily.

The family-run restaurant opened in June 2022. There are seven El Tapatio restaurants in the region, including in Grand Junction, Colorado where the first El Tapatio originated.

Winter hours are Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Spring, summer and fall the restaurant is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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