Big, Cheesy Plates Fit in a Tiny Space at New Mexican Eatery Quetzally

This month, a Mexican restaurant called Quetzally took over the tiny space formerly occupied by the Asian fusion restaurant, Stix Asian Eatery. No more Korean style chicken wings. Instead, salsa and melty cheese. Apparently, Quetzali means beautiful in Nahuatl, and while the space isn’t exactly beautiful (currently photos of Mexican food cover up a giant poster of a Korean fried chicken wing), it is homey and comfortable.

Warm, salty chips supported scoopfuls of chunky, well seasoned guacamole and equally chunky tomato salsa ($6). It was good enough that we needed seconds.

Burritos are on the menu, or for a less carby and more shareable option, you can order a burrito bowl, we picked spicy pork for ours. I was happy to tackle the challenge of digging in to this big plate of rice and beans, cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream and meat.

Fried tilapia tacos were a little too heavily breaded and not crispy enough. Stix did a better job frying their tilapia. Not my favorite of the day, though the citrus cream and pico de gallo were a nice touch. Tacos come with limes and a carrot salad.

But there was absolutely nothing wrong with the choriqueso tacos though ($7)- three cheesy meaty messes were the perfect things to go with the margaritas we brought (Quetzally is BYO).

Quetzally is just starting out and I would love to see them succeed, so do check them out the next time you are in the mood for casual Mexican food.

THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)

  • Cheesy tacos and great guac

THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)

  • Fish taco breading not perfect
  • Very small space
Quetzally, 1225 Fitzwater St, 267 207-9850


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