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Chew On This: Visit Barbudos for south-of-the-border fare

Rex Edwards co-owner of Barbudos Mexican Grill & Cantina on Willow Creek Road in Prescott, said it’s the quality of the food that keeps people coming back.

Rex Edwards co-owner of Barbudos Mexican Grill & Cantina on Willow Creek Road in Prescott, said it’s the quality of the food that keeps people coming back.

When it's time to take a siesta, it wouldn't hurt to eat a little bit beforehand. But if you have no desire to cook, then maybe the solution is a fiesta at Barbudos Cantina. Nestled off Willow Creek Road, the cantina is quite popular and even has some customers ordering the same thing nearly every day.

Co-owner Rex Edwards said he bought the place with his partner about two years ago. Back then, the cantina was very small but they expanded about a year and a half ago last February, he said.

Edwards said that new customers come into the cantina all the time, but the majority of the business comes from regular customers.

"We're probably 95 percent locals, and we'll get new people all the time," he said. "We don't get a whole lot of people from the Valley, it's mostly just the Prescott people."

What keeps bringing people back is the quality of the cantina's food, Edwards said, noting that everyone seems to be pretty happy with what they are eating. In fact, he mentioned one customer who comes in and eats the same thing nearly every day.

And with an average of three and a half stars out of five from sites such as tripadvisor.com (22 reviews), zomato.com (six reviews) and yelp.com (37 reviews), it's easy to see why so many people keep coming back to Barbudos.

"Love this place and will certainly go back often."

"Great service and everything reminds me of small Tex-Mex restaurants in Southern California."

"Very pleased with the quality of the food and the service ... we were well taken care of here and most certainly plan to return."

"The atmosphere is great and the food continues to make me want to come back every time I'm in Prescott."

"... this is some of my favorite Mexican food in Prescott."

"Eat here if you can. Whenever possible."

Edwards said the item that most people order is the chili relleno (Anaheim chili stuffed with jack cheese dipped in egg batter and deep fried, topped with spicy green tomatillo sauce, $7.19), while the specials are constantly running out. Combo plate specials include the No. 1 (two hard shell tacos, $8.79), No. 5 (two street tacos and half cheese quesadilla ($9.99) and No. 8 (beef taquito, street taco, bean tostada and chicken flauta, $13.49). On Friday nights, the walleye usually runs out within a couple hours, Edwards said.

Other items on the menu include tacos (Baja, hard shell or fish), burritos (breakfast, Baja, specialty or big), taquitos ($8.29 for three, shredded chicken or beef) and flautas ($7.89 for two, shredded chicken or beef), quesadillas ($5.99 for cheese, $7.29 for veggie, $8.99 for carne asada or carnitas, $8.99 for shredded chicken or beef, or $8.99 for ground beef), nachos ($5.99 for cheese or $8.79 for super meat) and taco salad (served in a tortilla shell with ground beef, cheese, sour cream and pico de gallo ($8.79).

Edwards said what he loves most about Barbudos is the people who come in, noting that "they're all really good people we've met so far."

Barbudos Cantina, 1042 Willow Creek Road, No. 107 is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Find them at www.barbudoscantina.com and reach them at 928-443-0102.

Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.