With the wacky weather lately, the saying, “Chilly today, Hot Tamale” applies here. Of all of the Mexican eateries in town, only a handful can claim to be “authentic” to the Mexican people’s tastes. These menus are not Americanized, but are true to the way people dine in Mexico City or Chiapas, Mexico. Simple, fresh ingredients and simple, homemade recipes. Authentic is the case of Chiapas Mexican Grill in Centerville on State Route 48. The small diner is a perfect atmosphere for an authentic, Mexican Food Adventure.
As you know, what makes our food blog different, is that we visit a restaurant many times before we write a thorough article. If a place shows promise, we revisit, and go on different hours, and different days and try almost every dish on the menu. That way, one can
REALLY get the feel of the place. Not just a one or two plates and a forkful of a friend’s dish, we are talking full Food Adventure experiences. That is our philosophy to share with you reliable feedback on the very best spots in the Miami Valley. After at least a half dozen visits to Chiapas Mexican Grill, we are here to give you the full scoop and some incredible photos.
From Horchata cinnamon like milk drinks with our friend Elsa, to Chimichangas and Enchiladas during Sunday football, we ate it all and are ready to share the goods.
HERE’S THE SKINNY on CHIAPAS MEXICAN GRILL:
—Located in the heart of Centerville at 298 N Main St. The quaint dining room seats about 50 people.
—Locally owned operation by a family from Chiapas, Mexico. One of the owners used to work at Las Piramides restaurant in Centerville. He finally convinced family members to get in on his plan to own their own authentic restaurant.
—Menu features family recipes and dishes from their town of Chiapas, which is at the most southeastern part of Mexico, near Guatemala.
—They are open 7 days a week with special prices on Margaritas on Mondays and Fridays. All tacos
are just $1.99 on Mondays.
This place is definitely one for your Food Adventure hit list. Each meal starts out right, with warm tortilla chips and some excellent salsa, packed with fresh cilantro. Now that your tastebuds are warmed up… We present to you the best of the best of their menu… our patented feature ………… MUST EATS !
MUST EATS at CHIAPAS MEXICAN GRILL:
The best tamales we have ever had, hands down, Chico. We know their secret. They use banana leaves instead of corn leaves. The bbq sauce, the corn mush and the pulled pork combine for a taste we have never experienced before. Our mouths are watering for more.
—IN HOUSE HOT SAUCES: IMPORTANT! Take advantage of the 2 homemade in house hot sauces, one red one green. They are great to add to your salsa to thicken things up, or squirt across your dinner of choice. Also dive into the bottled sauces on the table called El YucatecoXXX and Cholula
—TACO’S – SOFT and CRUNCHY:
The soft tacos are incredibly authentic, and are made with soft CORN tortillas which is, of course, the difference. No cheese on the soft ones, just meat, onions and cilantro. All tacos are served with lime quarters. Grab these quarters, and squeeze every bit of lime juice onto your taco meat. It makes the whole thing. All the taco meats are good, but our top 4 soft taco meat choices you “must eat” are : a) Chorizo, b) Shepard Style (rotisserie pulled pork), c) Chicken and d) Carnitas (steak). Don’t forget to add some salsa or house hot sauce.
The crunchy ground beef taco is delicious and loaded with lettuce and shredded, white, Mexican cheese. Don’t forget to order one of those.
Get your butt in here on Mondays, when all tacos are $1.99, for a feast you will not soon forget.
—CAMARONES ALA DIABLA (Spicy shrimp): Large, perfectly pan seared shrimp, in a plate with hot sauce, rice and beans. We got lost for a moment in our plate. What woke us up was the powerful flavor and HEAT! This is definitely a MUST EAT. Good dish, make sure a soft drink, water or beer is near, Gringo. Wow, was this dish something to write home about.
—CHICKEN FAJITAS: Served sizzling from the kitchen, the result is a nicely seared collection of chicken, green peppers, onions and tomatoes. Served with lettuce and tortillas on the side, along with sour cream and guacamole, you have the building blocks for an epic fajita creation.
—CHILE RELLENOS CHIAPANECOS:
Oh man, this dish is the best of both worlds. It is two, large stuffed peppers on a plate. One is filled
with cheese, and the other is filled with ground beef and potatoes. The results are one of the best chile rellenos plates we have ever eaten. It has plenty of cheese sauce, salsa and rice so you can use the extra tortilla chips to make your own nacho scooping end to this dinner.
—TORTA DE MILANESE (chicken):
A huge sandwich, with a lightly deep fried chicken breast inside. This is a big, delicious sesame seed roll, with all the fixins. Each half could be a lunch sandwich on its own. Eating this will have you yelling “Arrriba.”
A delicate little dessert. Like carmalized vanilla pudding with whip cream and cherry, the caramel drizzle sauce is naughty too. We are not going to lie, we each could have eaten four of these, they were that good.
The owner’s favorite. It is a spicy soup filled with chicken and hominy. The warm, red broth will soothe your soul. The recipe is a family tradition from Mexico and like almost all of the menu items, a recipe from their Grandmother.
—THE GOLD MARGARITA:
A family favorite. Try it frozen, walk out smiling. No shortness of tequila here.
**Note: We learned something on our trip to Chiapas. Every table has a ketchup bottle from a company called “Tip Top Ketchup.” We read the label and realized it was a local condiment company from Tipp City. It went perfect with the fries on the Torta plates and kids cheese quesadilla plate. We have found ourselves a new ketchup alternative.
That does it for our rundown of what you gotta try at this new hot spot.
The small sign in the window says Taqueria, which means a place where tacos, burritos, and other Mexican dishes are made and sold. That is an understatement. This place is a treasure. The building has housed eateries from Poor Richards and the Hungry Elk to Wrapsody, Roc-a-Fellas, and House of Kabab. We look to see this one stay a while. Chiapas Mexican Grill, you’ve come a long way, baby!
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Feel free to browse more photos below from our multiple visits to CHIAPAS MEXICAN GRILL.