VIBE: Tucked into a small strip shopping center next to a popular book store in Arlington, Mijo’s typifies the adage “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” The non-assuming décor means the focus at this small eatery is on flavor. Since it opened in 1995, Mijo’s has become a neighborhood favorite, serving up Tex-Mex with a twist. The restaurant features “Fresh Mex” dishes without animal fats, preservatives or artificial colors. Mijo’s has a separate room that can accommodate groups and a covered patio for outside dining.
WHY IT'S TOT-FRIENDLY: You won’t find candlelight and linen tablecloths at Mijo’s. Instead, diners enjoy a relaxed, family atmosphere where friends gather before the big game or groups of families head before and after school activities. Kids' meals are priced at $3.25 for ages 12 and under, and $1.25 additional for children older than 12. Kids' dishes includes Mexican dishes like a bean and mozzarella burrito, cheese or chicken quesadillas or soft or crispy tacos, all served with rice and beans, or standard kiddie fare.
BE SURE TO TRY: Mijo’s salads are inspired creations, featuring unique, tantalizing taste combinations. The Caribbean Grilled Chicken Salad includes mixed greens, grilled chicken, fresh diced mangos and avocados, Pico de Gallo and mozzarella and anjeo cheeses, served with a tasty avocado lime dressing. The fajitas, served sizzling with the requisite grilled onions and peppers, are generously sized, and two can easily share if watching pennies or counting calories. Flan fans, don’t forget dessert. Mijo’s version is creamy and delicious, drizzled with just the right amount of caramel topping.
GOOD TO KNOW: Mijo’s also provides catering services if you’re planning a party, but don’t want the trouble of preparing all of the food yourself. Call for catering prices.
BEST TIMES TO GO WITH KIDS: Family time is any time at Mijo’s. Weekday lunches tend to draw the office crowd from nearby businesses, and the noon hour means a little longer wait for dishes to make their way to the table. Saturday afternoons and early evenings are great family dining times. Mijo’s also does a brisk take-out business.
Updated on 2/27/13