Saturday, July 25, 2009

Review: Mojo's Express Grill

"We have Chinese restaurant. No business. Too many Chinese restaurant. What do stupid American want?"


"Stupid American want taco. Stupid American want French fry. We make new restaurant. Taco, French fry!"

And so was born Mojo's...Though I'm probably pretty far off.

Mojo's is a Mexican place next to Wal-Mart in Islandia, off Vets Highway. Mojo's looks like a Chinese place. It has a Chinese-style paper menu. Chinese-style price listings behind the counter. And it's run by Chinese people. But it serves Mexcan food.

And for some reason most of the combo meals come with French fries. And and the place sells hot dogs!

How can Butter Lover not love a place like this? Well, because it sucks.

Trust me, I want to root for a Mexican place that is run by Chinese people and serves fries and hot dogs and wings and a lot of other crap that doesn't make any sense. I love that. I want to root for this place, but the food just isn't any good. At least the Mexican stuff.

I've been there a few times. First a couple years ago, again a few days ago. On the most recent trip I got the taco combo with fries and the nachos grande with grilled chicken and cheese.

The tacos were OK. Very Old El Paso, home-made tasting.

The nachos were aw-ful. First, they crammed the nachos into one of those styrofaom Chinese food boxes, so the chips steamed inside and got soft. Second, the cheese sauce was bland, and the nachos were drowning in it. I'm sure the nachos would have been better without it. The black beans looked gross.

Believe it or not, the best thing was the fries, after I threw some salt on them at home. Crispy and not bad. Probably dredged in corn starch.

Poor Mojo's. I want to root for them, but I'm not a fan.


Interior shot (don't know the ppl-but this does answer the question
"do chicks grow up to look like their moms?"...that butt is starting to get a little big)

Taco combo with fries and nachos

2 1/2 out of 5 stars


1826 Vets Hwy

Islandia, NY 11749


At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chinese run mexican places have beem all over manhattan for awhile now. The generally look like those generic takeout places with 20 different kinds of taco/tostata/burrito options (which are really just chicken/beef/veg or chorizo)

At 11:19 AM, Blogger Butter Lover said...

Interesting. BUT do they sell fries and hot dogs?

At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey if u want great mexican served by chinese there are few places 1 is in queens in forest hills on 25 the other is on like 8th ave in NYC the place is called fresco tortilla i dont know if there are more of these but the food is great..

b man c

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At 8:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out MOJO's in Granby, CT even tho they both are not related but I hear the food is as good as the MOJO's in Granby, CT I will eat there when im in town.


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