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Recently, my kids and I had the pleasure of dining with fellow bloggers Kara Noel of Elis Lids, Deb Lavdas of Debbie in the OC and Caryn Bailey of Rockinmama and their adorable families at Ztejas Southwestern Grill in South Coast Plaza (near the carousel!)

We had a grand old time — we enjoyed the bottomless chips and three salsas (the cheese dip was addicting), cast iron skillet dumplings, and grilled shrimp and guacamole tostada bites. We samples various quesadillas and gorged on the cornbread as well so that by the time it was time to order our entrees we were stuffed!  I had to take home nearly 3/4 of my steak salad w/ mango chili dressing (not sure exactly what the name of the dish was but it was delicious).

Meanwhile, the kids had the usual kids’ menu offerings including chicken strips, chicken tacos, quesadillas, and yes, mac and cheese.  But what made the kids meals different (besides the simple yet colorful presentations), were the very fresh and flavorful ingredients! Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill offers innovative menu items inspired by culinary influences from Louisiana, Texas, California and Mexico.  Delicioso! 

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