Dining Guide: Habaneros

Chris Hobson always knew he would own a restaurant one day. His Italian mom taught him and his siblings to cook, inspiring their culinary passions, leading most of his family into the restaurant business.

For nearly four years now, Hobson has split his time between his contracting business and running one of Edmond’s finest Mexican restaurants, Habaneros. Hobson knew first-hand of the need for a quality eatery in the area. “At the time the closest restaurant was several miles away,” he said. He surveyed hundreds of area residents and discovered that the majority of folks hungered for Mexican food.

Today, Habaneros is booming. “It’s amazing how far people will travel when you have good food and friendly service,” Hobson said. Habaneros offers a traditional Mexican cuisine, a full bar and extensive offering of imported and domestic beer. All the food here is made fresh daily, even the guacamole.

Menu favorites include the fajita enchiladas and chile rellenos. Hobson credits the outstanding fajitas to the talents of his chef and the higher grade beef used in their fajitas. “The fajita meat is a little more expensive, but it’s outstanding,” Hobson said. Customers also love the chile rellenos. “They are plump and crisp. They tell us they are the best in town.”

Start your Mexican feast with any of the classic nacho selections, veggie quesadilla or even a delicious 7-layer dip. Lunch specials are around $7 and dinner averages around $10. While you enjoy a single order of fajitas under $14, kids can enjoy a taco, enchilada or quesadilla.

The delicious food attracts the diners, but it’s the friendly service that keeps them coming back. Hobson focuses on service, earning Habaneros the business of hundreds of regular customers. It’s something that he has diligently worked to improve each year and encourages diners that may have come in when they first opened to stop in again and experience the difference. “We’ve had lots of devoted diners that have helped us succeed. We’re very appreciative of them.”

To show his gratitude and commemorate their 4th birthday, Habaneros plans to hold a customer appreciation bash at the end of the year. “When we know we have provided someone with a great experience and they go out of their way to let us know they are pleased, it makes it all worthwhile.”

For delicious Mexican food, take the short drive up Broadway to Waterloo and visit Habaneros Mexican Restaurant at 6833 N. Broadway. Or visit www.habanerosok.com to view their menu online.

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