BBQ Mexicana Catering
Chips, Tomatillo Salsa, Smoky Chipotle Salsa
Border Guacamole – Hass Avocado, Jalapeño, Red Onion, Cilantro, Lime
Mexican Cobb Salad – Mesquite Smoked Chicken, Quinoa, Corn Relish, Pickled Vegetables, Black Beans, Heirloom Tomatoes, Queso Fresco, Hard Boiled Egg, Chipotle Bacon Blue Cheese Dressing
Smoked Hibster Bowl with Tofu – Cilantro Lime Rice, Habanero Bbq Sauce, Charred Corn Relish, Quinoa, Cowboy Caviar, Smoked Almonds
Brisket Lover Bowl – Slow Smoked Brisket, Barbacoa Sauce, Chile Lime Broccolini, Cowboy Caviar, Guacamole, Cilantro Coleslaw, Red Rice, Pickled Vegetables
Burnt Ends Burrito – Slow Smoked Brisket, Chipotle Coleslaw, Housemade Chips, Manchego Cheese, Bbq Mole Sauce
Chicken Avocado Burrito – Mesquite Smoked Chicken, Housemade Chips, Avocado, Red Rice, Black Beans, Avocado Cream
Tres Leches Bites with Cajeta, Blueberries, Strawberries
Rice Pudding with Citrus and Mint
Impressed by the Cuisine of Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger several times over it was placing trust in their newest concept headed by Mike Minor that lunch was catered on Thursday, Destiny Hampton again assisting in creating the menu and delivering a wide array of choices from BBQ Mexicana.
Open now for just a few weeks as a Monday through Friday lunch window at Mandalay Bay, the top quality sourcing of Border Grill combined with Chef Minor’s considerable smoking and braising skills, BBQ Mexicana focuses on the traditions of Mexico while also serving as a brick and mortar venue for ideas Mike developed while operating Truck U Barbeque.
Offering Beef, Chicken, Pork and even smoky Tofu in a variety of Bowls and Wraps with grab-n-go convenience, prices appropriate to ingredient quality and portions that will leave most sated for less than $20, it was after everything was delivered and laid out on-time that guests had their go at housemade Chips, Guac and fresh Salsa, many immediately also grabbing up Desserts from Border Grill that went quickly the first time and all universally impressed by Tres Leches as well as Rice Pudding that remains Las Vegas’ best.
Turning next to the new ideas from Minor, Milliken and Feniger, a collection of items that are healthy by design but full of flavor, those seeking the lightest option are probably best off looking at Salads offered with or without Meat, the Mexican Cobb one of three and immediately compelling even without Dressing thanks to a blend of toasty Grains with sweet Corn and Vegetables both pickled and fresh.
Next addressing two Bowls, those leery of Tofu unable to tell the difference between BBQ Mexicana’s firm cubes and Chicken on a blind taste test, one would be hard pressed to decide whether the base featuring Rice with thinly sliced Almonds or Chile Lime Broccolini beneath Brisket and Barbacoa Sauce was better, the fact that all which remained from either were a few grains indicating the staff could not make up their mind either.
Finishing up with several halved Burritos, the cutting done on-site maintaining heat and structural integrity for delivery, it was as expected that Minor’s famous Burnt Ends Burrito went first to the sound of universal praise for being rich but not too heavy thanks to Slaw where Rice normally resides while the Chicken-Avocado version also had its fans and a lot less heat for those who are sensitive to such.
N/A: Making it blog policy to not ‘rate’ places based on catering alone it seems BBQ Mexicana offers everything fans of Too Hot Tamales and Chef Minor might expect while Destiny and her team continue to offer the sort of Catering experience others should aspire to match.
RECOMMENDED: Chips and Guacamole, Smoked Hibster Bowl with Tofu, Brisket Lover Bowl, Burnt Ends Burrito, Tres Leches, Rice Pudding.
TIP: BBQ Mexicana is only open M-F 11a-4p, but use http://www.bordergrill.com/catering/event-catering/ to arrange catering if work schedule conflicts.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.