501 W. Holly St.
Bellingham , WA 98225
(360) 671-3099


Mon-Fri 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Sat-Sun Noon - 10:30 PM


Do you ever find yourself craving Mexican food? Tri-colored nachos with spicy salsa? Enchiladas covered in Monterey Jack cheese? If so, then just head downtown to Jalapenos Family Mexican Restaurant and Lounge on W. Holly St.

I went there on a recent evening to satisfy just such a craving. When I was seated, the waiter informed me that burritos, tacos, and enchiladas were the special. With a beer on the way, I snacked on the large complimentary plate of tri-colored nachos with freshly made salsa and contemplated the diverse menu, which offers typical Mexican dishes as well as new, innovative ones such as a Mexican version of Spanish Paella. For a group of guests, you can even order Fiesta Trays consisting of a combination of tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, shrimp and fish. In addition to the diverse menu, Jalapenos has a wide selection of Chilean and Spanish wines, Mexican beer and --don't let me forget-- margaritas. The staff can recommend a great wine to go with your dinner. Actually, looking at the menu and the Specials list, every night at Jalapenos is Specials Night. Don't miss the fresh made salsa bar with la casa de salsas and the salsa sampler.

I satisfied my craving with a generous portion of chicken enchiladas, refried beans, and Mexican rice. In addition to being very tasty, spicy, and yet not too mind-blowing, it was such a good deal that I treated myself to dessert - a delicious Flan made of custard with caramel sauce and a dab of whipped cream and raspberry sauce.

While I was enjoying my meal, I noticed many impressive charcoal drawings with varying Mexican themes hanging on the walls. The artist had backed the drawings with rough and jagged plywood, which not only complements the beauty of the drawings, but also gives Jalapenos an authentic feel. The large windows looking out onto the small beer garden, the bay, and Lummi Island add to the comfortable and friendly atmosphere.

All in all, Jalapenos is an ideal place to enjoy high quality Mexican cuisine in a friendly place without breaking the bank.
Written By: Hilary Higgins
On: 8/11/1999


From downtown Bellingham, drive down W. Holly St., on left hand side of road, across from Maritime Heritage Park.


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