If you love great Mexican food (and who doesn’t?!), you can never get enough of trying new places or settling into a cozy booth at your favorite neighborhood restaurant for a delicious meal. Is there anything better than being instantly greeted with chips and salsa while you peruse a tasty menu? Add in a vacation-like atmosphere with rockin’ tunes from the 80’s, laid-back patio seating, a full bar, and sports on surrounding TVs and you’ve got pure dining pleasure.
After three years of delighting Edmond taste-seekers and serving up some of the most flavorful and inventive dishes, Hidalgo’s Restaurant has made its mark on the community. Owners Mariel and Juan Hidalgo, from Mexico and Ecuador, have crafted a diverse menu of Mexican favorites and Peruvian touches that keep customers coming back for more.
“The kitchen staff is excellent,” says Mariel. “They start cooking at 7-8am each day and make everything fresh daily.” One of the newest dishes gaining instant rave reviews is the Carne Asada Street Tacos. “The grilled steak is authentic, flavorful, and is plated with grilled onions and cilantro on the side and served with grilled mixed rice and beans,” Mariel explains.
Another house specialty, Hidalgo’s Parrilla, combines beef, chicken, shrimp, pork and Argentinian chorizo grilled with onions, tomatoes, bell peppers and crispy potatoes, served with guacamole, sour cream and Pico de Gallo. It’s everything you could wish for on a plate. Just kick back and dig in.
This on-trend eatery has also introduced an exciting new chimichanga stuffed with a chile relleno — no need to deliberate about what to order, just have both! “We started serving the ChimiChile a few months ago,” says Mariel. “Both items are so popular, so they are the perfect combo.”
With a general manager who is Peruvian, many of Hidalgo’s dishes incorporate the indigenous spicy flair in items such as the ceviche. “Every Latin American country has a signature ceviche—fish or seafood cooked in citrus juice—and Peruvian, with shrimp and fish in lime juice, is considered one of the best ceviches in the world,” Mariel notes.
All of the traditional Mexican food staples you love, from enchiladas and tacos, to burritos and fajitas headline the menu as well. Hidalgo’s hearty appetizer selection is also a mainstay, featuring diverse choices like empanadas, taco wraps, taquitos, quesadillas and the most delicious chicken salad stuffed avocado—a light-hearted must-try that eats like a meal!
Even vegan and low-carb diners will find special dishes full of flavor at Hidalgo’s, like rotisserie chicken, grilled tilapia, veggie entrees and the burrito verde. An extensive cocktail, beer and wine menu rounds out this excellent restaurant and makes Hidalgo’s a great hangout for friends and family.
Mariel and Juan Hidalgo have tapped into something truly special in the Edmond dining community. With their own growing family of six—with new baby Andre at two months old, Emiliano at seven, Carlos at 16 and Caren at 19—they know the challenges and rewards of building lasting memories over great food and good times. They see it every day in their customers and relish the camaraderie. Don’t be surprised if they greet you and get to know you. It’s what local dining is all about.
Hidalgo’s is located at 200 S. Santa Fe in Edmond. Call (405) 285-2424 or visit hidalgosrestaurant.com.