Call me crazy, but we decided to go to a Mexican restaurant on Cinco de Mayo, their busiest day of the year. But it could be a real test of their service as well as the kitchen crew.
The dining room was packed at 5:30pm and the tents in the parking lot were full as well, but Jose Penos passed with flying colors!
We were quickly seated and the service was incredibly fast. So much so that we told them we were not in a hurry.
There are three dining rooms and you can make reservation for twenty or more people. There is also a nice bar area which has a huge selection of premium tequilas and numerous imported and domestic beers. A must see is the margarita tower, a large, clear plastic tube of margaritas with a spigot at the bottom. It is large enough for a group of people but doesn't take up a lot of table space. Beside that, it's just really cool!
Our first item was Guacamole prepared table side. Very fresh and tasty, and we were asked if we wanted it chunky or smooth. That was a nice touch.
Jose Penos menu is large and has everything you would find in a typical St. Louis Mexican restaurant, but, you should definitely look at the last page before you order. It is titled “El Sabor De Mi Tierra”, “the flavor of my country”. Here you will find items that come from family recipes. I was not familiar with many of these items, but they all sounded delicious.
I chose the Pollo Con Rajas, chicken cooked in a cream sauce with corn, onions and roasted pablano peppers, which are very mild. It was served with rice, re-fried beans, sour cream and tortillas. It was amazing!
Another item I considered was the Torta, a Mexican sandwich, with steak, chicken, pork or Milanese with re-fried beans, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, tomatoes, onions and avocados. This is served with french fries. YUM
Many items on this page came with their own mole sauce which I will try the next time we visit Jose Penos.
Sue went with a more Tex-Mex three enchilada platter with rice and beans. The enchiladas were covered with a red sauce, white cheese sauce and a chili verge sauce and served with rice and re-fried beans. It was as colorful as it was delicious.
Sue had a house margarita and I had a Modelo beer on draft.
The servings were above average in size and I wish we had room to try a dessert, but we were too stuffed to even consider it.
They also feature live music on some nights. The musicians were very talented and played a number of songs other than La Bamba! The pan flute player was very good.
Jose Penos also has a very reasonably priced lunch menu and daily specials.
Here is an interesting addition to Jose Penos, they would love to cater your next event and have an umber of catering options to match your budget.
They have a Happy Hour as well! 3pm to 6pm and 9pm to Close Everyday with a $6.00 20oz Pitchers of House Margaritas, $13.00 Domestic Buckets and $15.00 Import Buckets, $2.50 - Well Drinks, 1.00 -off of Draft Beer, $4.00 - Select Silver and Reposado Tequila Shots and Monday through Friday Lunch - $3.50 Small Margaritas.
Jose Penos is a family run restaurant and when you dine at Jose Penos you are having dinner with family. Smile, relax and enjoy some of the best Mexican dining in the St. Louis area.
Jose Penos is located at 973 Waterbury Falls Dr, O'Fallon, MO63368. This just north of I-64 on highway K. Waterbury falls is one block north of Crusher St. Turn right on waterbury Falls and immediately left into a shopping ceter and it is straight ahead.
Phone (636) 477-6888 for reservations and more information. Jose Penos is open from
11:00 am ~ 10:00 pm. You can see their menus and learn more at josepenos.com.
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