Looking for some restaurants to grab delicious and authentic fajitas? Connecticut may be a long way from the Mexican border, but it’s not lacking in Mexican or Tex-Mex cuisine. Both Connecticut natives and visitors will enjoy the variety of Connecticut restaurants and bars with must-try fajitas.
Fajitas & Margaritas Restaurant
129 Danbury Road
New Milford, CT 06776
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun – 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
This local staple is both a restaurant and a bar, with two dining areas and an outside patio to enjoy your fajitas and margaritas in the summer months. The menu boasts a number of different fajitas, including Teriyaki Fajitas and even Extra Spicy Fajitas for customers who like their dishes hot. All ingredients are purchased from local farmer’s markets, so the food is both fresh and sustainable. Additionally, Monday night is Fajita night, offering chicken or beef fajitas for only $7.99.
184 Summer St
Stamford, CT 06901
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Sun – 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
A recent addition to Connecticut, Mary Ann’s is a small chain with only four locations, the other three of which are in New York. Connecticut is very lucky to have this addition of a family-run business that started small and has grown due to popular demand. With an extensive menu, a diverse tequila selection and a pleasant, traditional atmosphere, Mary Ann’s has everything to keep people coming back. Dive into one of the sizzling fajitas, which arrives with smoked jalapeño sauce. This flavorful addition makes the skirt steak, chicken or shrimp fajitas some of the spiciest in town. Mary Ann’s also offers Nacho Fajitas, topping traditional nachos with grilled beef or chicken fajita ingredients. On Mondays and Tuesdays, there is a special for sizzling fajitas and Mary Ann’s famous lime margaritas for only $14.95.
170 Slater St
Manchester, CT 06042
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun – 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Plaza Azteca provides an upscale dining experience while retaining authenticity in its Mexican dishes. The menu features 10 different types of fajitas, with options from Fajitas Veracruz to Del Mar Fajitas. Fajitas Veracruz is one of your more traditional options, packed with chicken, shrimp, peppers and onions. However, if you feel like something different, get fishy with it. The Del Mar Fajitas feature delectables from the sea with shrimp, tilapia and scallops making up the bulk of the plate. There are even fajitas for two, so you can share a mixed fajita with a friend. Enjoy live music with your meal on Tuesdays and a Mariachi band on Wednesdays and Sundays.
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43 Broadway St
North Haven, CT 06473
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun – 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This North Haven establishment is a recent addition to the local fare, having been established in 2008. In addition to seven different varieties of fajitas – including scallop fajitas – diners can also try a fajita salad or fajita sandwich. The sandwich is your best alternative. The bread acts as a denser tortilla, something everyone can appreciate. It soaks up the juices from the fajita mixings, making for an all-around tasty experience.
14 Mechanic St
New Haven, CT 06511
Hours: Mon – 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m, Tues to Thurs – 11:30 a.m to 9:30 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun – 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
You need go no farther than New Haven for authentic Mexican cuisine with a fun atmosphere and excellent fajitas. All Mexcal dishes are made in the traditional way; the restaurant distinguishes itself by serving quality food that bears no resemblance to commercial Americanized Mexican dishes. The chicken fajitas are dripping with flavor – literally dripping. Chicken is brought out in strips and soaked in a simple marinade that encompasses the exact amount of spice you’re looking for in a fajita. Each piece is tender and serves as a great starting point for the tortilla-meat-veggie-cheese-salsa assembly line of fun that goes into creating a delicious bite.
Elizabeth Claydon is a freelance writer from Hartford. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.