Located on Trop off of Fort Apache, Juan's Flaming Fajitas & Cantina resides in Buzz BBQ's old pad. Their outside is obviously a work in progress; Their sign is a vinyl banner and they still have stickers on the window from Buzz BBQ. But aside from the exterior, there actually is a lot of charm inside. The wall decorations are of simple Mexican scenes and it really is understated very well compared to many Mexican places that plaster the walls with trinkets and murals everywhere you look. Also I do like the color scheme, just simple yellows, purples, and reds filling in without being abrasive. The dining room is decently open and they even have a small stage in the corner. It feels cozy to be there.
Unbeknownst to us, this restaurant had only been open about five weeks when we checked it out, so for a new place that no one has heard of, it was actually quite good.
We were there in the middle of the day so obviously... I got a Margarita with my meal. The margarita was large and presented nicely. At first taste it was pretty sweet. I stirred it around a bit and it remained sweet. Although it was of decent size, I think it could have used a little more tequila. It seemed as if it was a perfectly measured 2oz of tequila with the rest all lime and simple syrup. So, it could use some work, but for $4 during happy hour, I can't really complain.
I ordered the the Flaming Shrimp Fajitas and it came with Fideo Soup. I love fideo soup. And this one is pretty close to the best I've had. At first glance I could tell I'd like this version because I could see it was a tad oily and that's just how I like it. Once my spoon dove in and cupped what was beneath the surface, I got to see that this soup had another benefit, it was chock full noodles! A lot of places skimp out on the noodles, not here! The broth was hearty and allowed the tomato flavor and aroma to be king with the noodles and seasoning as queens. I really enjoyed this fideo soup.
After my soup it was time for my Flaming Shrimp Fajitas. And when they say flaming, they mean FLAMING! Take a look at the picture below! They brought the fajita caldron quasi-tableside (Close enough to feel the heat, far enough to not worry about my shirt combusting.) and lit it on fire. The three foot tall flame only stays around for a sec and then subsides, but it sure is fun to watch. Also, it grabs the attention of all the other patrons, so it's a good "sizzle" technic. Inside of the caldron is a lit flame that continues to cook everything as they sit it on the table.
My fajitas came with tortillas as well as Spanish rice, beans with cheese, sour cream, and guacamole. All of the ingredients were fresh and held to their own flavors very well. The shrimp were very tasty and all of the veggies they cooked with mixed well with each other. What I really enjoyed was there was no sauces to mask any flavors. Each tortilla I filled with rice, beans, shrimp, and veggies tasted very authentic and were flavorful. The rice and beans were pretty solid, but the guac was pretty damn good. Overall, this is a very fun and delicious dish. I couldn't resist to not order a flaming fajita at a place that has it in their name!
I definitely will go back here and try the rest of the menu as they all of the items look like they're made with the same quality and presentation standards as the fajitas. Also, a 3pm-7pm, 7 days a week Happy Hour ain't to shabby!
Once they get a legitimate sign out front it will be easier to find, otherwise it's pretty simple to get to and parking is easy too.
I really like the décor here. It's simple yet fun.
Everything is priced very well. I thought $17 was a little high for my fajitas at first, but it was worth it after it was all said and eaten. I don't think anything on the menu is more than $17 for one serving.
For what I had, they fell flat. But these is a full bar and more choices, I'll have to try more.
I loved everything I ate. I ate it all. And I can remember it all. All good things.
A Sin City Foodie favorite!