CHECK IT OUT: Chihuahua Mexican Grill on Makati Avenue


Chihuahua is home to Tex-Mex style tacos, nachos, burritos, margaritas and the Michelada. Click for more.


Chihuahua Mexican Grill
7838 Makati Avenue (across from A-Venue)
Makati City
Tel. Nos. 897-0087, (0916) 373-7308
Open 11 a.m.. - 3 a.m. (weekdays); 11 a.m.. - 5 a.m. (Saturdays); 11 a.m. - 12 midnight (Sundays)


The menu at Chihuahua is decidedly straightforward: tacos, burritos, salads  and burrito bowls (P295 each) can be ordered with steak, chicken, pulled pork or veggies. "We serve Tex-Mex food," shares DJ-turned-restaurateur Elian Habayeb. "We don’t even try to say we’re serving authentic Mexican fare." Habayeb, who lived in Texas before moving to the Philippines, co-owns Chihuahua with wine expert and Sugi general manager, Ines Cabarrus.



Chihuahua is currently in "soft opening" mode but curious foodies have been hightailing to this Makati Avenue spot for the tacos, the huge burritos and side orders such as the Nacho Grande, which by itself, is fit for a mini-Mexican fiesta. The nacho chips come topped with fresh salsa, chili, guacamole, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, and drizzled with sour cream.


Chihuahua also boasts of an eat-all-you-can salsa bar that includes salsa choices like tongue-scorching habanero, chipotle sauce with milder flavors and tomatillo jalapeno sauce. Right by the salsa bar is Chihuahua’s "sauce library," a collection of bottles of hot sauce from all over the world, including bottles with quirky names like "Blair’s Beyond Death sauce" and "Crazy Mother Pucker’s hot sauce." Habayeb says only a few bottles are open at a time and diners may grab an open bottle and bring it to their table.


Margaritas, are of course, a Tex-Mex menu staple and Chihuahua serves them their way-frozen and unsweetened. For adventurous folks who like their brews with a kick, Chihuahua's Michelada is a must-try: draft beer on the rocks is mixed with a dash of Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and Knorr seasoning. Also on the beverage list are imported beers (all at P160 each whether you order the Portuguese brew Super Bock or go for the Stella Artois) and hard-to-find drinks like Coke Cherry.

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All orders are prepared fresh, healthy and fast.  "We don’t have a fryer and everything is grilled," Habayeb said. "We also use light sour cream and USDA-certified beef. And we try to serve your food in three minutes."


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