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Authentic Mexican food in a flash
New Mexican restaurant with speedy lunch menu opens in Farragut

Gudalupe Hernandez, left, takes two entrees from cook Alejandro Garcia at El Azteca Mexican Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant opened Feb. 16 in Aspen Square at 11110 Kingston Pike, Suite 127/130.- Preston Flanders/farragutpress
Professionals looking for a speedy lunch may want to try El Azteca Mexican Restaurant & Bar, the manager of the recently opened restaurant said.

“We can get (lunch) to them in five to ten minutes,” Wilfredo Hernandez, restaurant manager, said. “Usually the food is ready and we are waiting on the customer.”

The new restaurant, which opened Feb. 16 in Aspen Square at 11110 Kingston Pike, Suite 127/130, boosts 17 lunch items ranging from combinations including a chili relleno, taco, refried beans and guacamole salad to beef or chicken fajitas with rice, beans, guacamole salad and tortillas.

All meals are authentic Mexican dishes, Hernandez said.

Nine-to-fivers don’t have to visit the restaurant to place an order either.

“Businesses can get our menu faxed to them. Then they can call in an order (for pick-up),” Hernandez said.

Call-in orders are taken for both lunch and dinner.

The lunch menu is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Prices for lunch menu items range from $4 to $5.75.

If a sit down dinner is more your niche, El Azteca’s restaurant has space to sit 95.

A typical meal starts off with a Mexican restaurant staple — chips and salsa. Customers can request cheese dip and sour cream to accompany the starter item, Hernandez said.

The dinner menu consists of 30 combination dinners and more than 30 entrees.

Combination dinners consist of a choice of tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, burritos, chalupas, chili rellenos, beans and Mexican rice.

“We can mix it up however they (customers) want it,” Hernandez said.

If meat is not your taste, El Azteca has seven vegetarian dinners and meat-free fajitas.

A vegetarian fajita consists of mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and bell peppers with rice, beans and guacamole salad as side items.

What sets El Azteca apart from other Mexican restaurants is its wide variety of spices, Hernandez said.

“We offer that to (the customer) if they want a spicier sauce,” the restaurant manager said.

The restaurant staff can also prepare Mexican desserts, such as sopapillas, a fried flour tortilla with butter and honey, flan and a banana chimichanga.

The restaurant is currently in the process of getting liquor license approval, which Hernandez said they should attain in 15 to 30 days. Once it is in place, they will offer different margaritas and other liquors.

When El Azteca receives it’s liquor license there will be a grand opening celebration, which will include a mariachi band and dinner specials.

The restaurant has attained a beer permit and offers several Mexican bottled beers such as Carta Blanca, Tecate, Dos Equis (on tap also), Corona, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo, Bohemia and Pacifico. El Azteca also has a selection of domestic beers.

The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

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