Chew on This: Baja-Mexican delights at Barbudos Mexican Grill & Cantina

Top are Barbudos’ Fish Tacos. Bottom are Chile Relleno. (Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier)

Top are Barbudos’ Fish Tacos. Bottom are Chile Relleno. (Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier)

Featuring 45 different varieties of tequila, Barbudos Mexican Grill & Cantina is a local hotspot in the Prescott community.

The Baja-style Mexican restaurant, located at 1042 Willow Creek Road in number 107, continues to grow in 2014. That growth includes new outdoor seating, which is expected in the coming months.

Co-owner Rex Edwards took over Barbudos Cantina in September of last year with his partner Mike Dowling. The cantina has been a fixture in the area for the past six years, however. In February, the restaurant expanded to include additional space, new restrooms and a stylish bar that features bottle caps from all over the world, as well as other additions that make diners feel they're sitting near the ocean in a resort town.

"Opening a restaurant is a new venture for me and my partner," Edwards said. "We're settling in and getting used to the neighborhood. I would say we're about 90 percent locals here."

Baja-style Mexican cooking, he said, is described as food that is seasoned while it's cooking, as opposed to seasoned before it's cooked.

"Everybody seems to think it helps the flavor," Edwards said.

Specials are offered throughout the week, he added. Additional specials also are available during football season.

"We'll have the Direct TV package, we'll have the PAC 12 network and more," Edwards said. "Pretty much any football game that has a camera at it you can get here."

The menu

Featuring a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, made fresh daily, there are a number of options for those looking to sample the restaurant's offerings. Breakfast offerings include chorizo and eggs, breakfast burrito choices, Barbudos huevos rancheros, breakfast tacos, Mexican style eggs, French toast, pancakes and more.

Customer favorites at Barbudos include fish tacos and chili relleno, the latter made with Anaheim chili stuffed with Jack cheese, dipped in egg batter and deep-fried. The relleno dish is topped with spicy green tomatillo sauce. Taco choices also include hard shell tacos and Baja-style tacos.

"The fish tacos have grilled tilapia, with Baja sauce, pico and a lot of good stuff," Edwards said.

Other menu options include taquitos, made with rolled deep-fried tacos and served with a small side of guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo and cheese, with shredded chicken or beef; flautas, tortas, enchiladas, tostadas, chimichangas; and their signature Barbudos bowls, made with layered rice and beans, a choice of meat or veggie offerings, lettuce, cheese, pico de gallo and sour cream.

Nacho choices include cheese nachos, topped with melted cheese and pico de gallo; and super meat nachos, made with a pile of tortilla chips topped with a choice of shredded chicken or beef, or ground beef, with beans, melted cheese, sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo.

Party packs also are available for those looking to bring the cantina to the party. Party packs include tacos, taquitos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, nachos, mixed salad, rice, beans and salad. Edwards recommended calling ahead for party pack pricing options.

Dessert offerings include pineapple upside-down cake and fried ice cream. A kid's menu is also available for the younger members of the family, featuring a bean and cheese burrito, an egg and cheese burrito, a cheese quesadilla, and two taquitos and sour cream.

For more information, visit their website at barbudoscantina.com or find them on Facebook.