Thursday, September 18, 2014
NLR Restaurant Review: Cactus Jack's
You know this girl loves Mexican food, so I am always down to try out a new restaurant. Josh and I headed out to the McCain area to do some shopping a few weeks back, and we decided to give Cactus Jack's a try.
We were immediately taken by how large and nice the interior of the restaurant looked. From the outside, the restaurant is fairly unassuming. It's tucked into a large shopping block, right off a really busy street. Inside, though, is calm and inviting. We ordered some guac, large beers and the extra spicy salsa.
It's not often that salsa is too spicy for me, but this one was. It was blow-your-face-off hot. I mixed a little with my regular salsa, but I couldn't go for too much. There is definitely a line when hot is too hot. The guac was tasty, though. It wasn't as chunky as I would like, but it was still really flavorful and delicious.
The real test for me in how much I'm going to like a Mexican restaurant is how they prepare their veggie fajitas. If it comes out with stringy, over cooked tomatoes and a few onions, I won't be coming back. If it comes out with veggies piled high, seasoned well and not too greasy, I'll be a regular customer. Cactus Jack's veggie fajitas did not disappoint. They were definitely piled high, with sweet bell peppers, big mushrooms and plenty of spice. The real star for me was something I spied on the "sides" portion of the menu that I knew I had to try. The boasted "fried jalapeno rings," so I ordered some to top my fajitas.
These alone will have me coming back. They were spicy, crispy and just the right amount of fried. They weren't overly oily or burned, and they were perfect when topping my yummy fajitas.
It's nice to have another restaurant in the McCain Mall area to put in our dining out rotation. North Little Rock lacks a variety of restaurant choices, but when we want some good Mexican food, we'll know where to go.