Patron Mexican Grill presents a colorful menu
The tortilla oven is the first thing you see at Patron, a new Mexican restaurant in Fort Smith. It’s the first sign that every ingredient here is authentic, fresh and made with care. When complimentary tortilla chips are served with three salsa choices, diners are going to experience an adventure in flavor.
“They are a regular salsa, a darker red with roasted tomatoes and very spicy one,” explained Thalia Mendez, sister of owner Raul Mendez. “We give some warning!”
The cuisine of western Pacific Mexico is reflected in seafood choices such as Tilapia Patron, lightly breaded tilapia on rice with a signature pineapple-lime sauce. Camarones Rancheros is grilled shrimp cooked with red colorado sauce, grilled onions, tomatoes and bell peppers. The Bahama Rock Shrimp Tacos have chipotle lime dressing over shrimp and Napa cabbage topped with cilantro and diced tomatoes. Oysters on the half shell are available from the appetizer menu.
For a new experience, order Molcajete, a combination of chicken and steak served with chipotle sauce, onions, fresh Mexican cheese and nopales, a prickly pear cactus leaf. “It is a lot like a green bean,” explained Mendez.
Enormous, fresh salads are a speciality of Patron. The Sol Y Luna salad is dressed in aged balsamic vinegar and topped with caramelized walnuts, dried cranberries, orange wedges and blue cheese crumbles.
Diners who love traditional dishes will find enchiladas, chimichangas, flautas, tamales and fajitas. Lunch specials are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Many specialties come A la Parilla (from the grill). Order Arachara, soften marinated skirted steak accompanied by a chicken habanera enchilada or Chile Verde, chucks of pork cooked in spicy tomatillo sauce. Grilled chicken also comes in a variety of dishes.
The drink menu is full of colorful margarita choices, including a beautiful hibiscus margarita with dried hibiscus flowers as a garnish. Tamarindo is a bittersweet flavor. A habanero lime variety is flavorful but not hot. Patron’s bar also serves mojitos and many Mexican beers. Several big screens in the bar area make it an inviting place to watch games with an order of nachos, cheese dip or Patron Gouda fondue, a sizzling skillet of melted Gouda and choice of chorizo, poblano rajas or mushrooms.
Children who only eat chicken strips can order chicken strips, but there also is a child’s taco plate, quesadillas or a burrito. The Kids Special is grilled chicken on a bed of rice with cheese sauce.
For dessert, the menu offers Tres Leches cake, Mexican flan, Margarita lime cake or sopapillas.