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“Ask for the "special" menu!”

Zacatecas Mexican Grill & Tequila Lounge
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Ranked #9 of 87 Restaurants in Neenah
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $29
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed July 8, 2013

I would have to categorize myself as a "foodie". I love cooking, eating great and interesting food and am in a gourmet group where we cook gourmet foods from specified different countries globally.

If you are in Neenah, Menasha, Appleton Wisconsin and seeking great food and like interesting and special dishes, I strongly recommend this restaurant with the connotation that you ask for the "special" menu.

With the special menu, this is not a typical Mexican American restaurant, but a gourmet Mexican cuisine restaurant. Not tacos, burritos, refried beans and too much cheese we get at all the other "Mexican" restaurants.

Fresh produce, fresh fruit, specially prepared (ie. properly prepared) meats, etc. . .

We ordered 3 dishes:

An incredible marinated pork chop served with a great mole which inlcuded peaches, pineapple and plums. The pork chop itself was technically properly prepared, juicy, flavor-ful, ideal. The made on site, fresh mole was incredible.

A Shrimp dish prepared with a dry rub unique to the Yucatan Penn. region which was served with a pumpkin seed based mole on a bed of fresh fruit and coconut milk rice. Terrific.

A Cerviche dish with shrimp, scallops and grouper prepared and served with interesting crisp vegetables. When was the last time you saw or were served kohlrabi at a restaurant? The nice thing for many people is that they actually allow one to order the cerviche grilled (after the marinading process), which is nice for those less adventurous people who are not crazy about the texture of cerviche.

This is the type of restaurant one can expect to find in San Francisco, not the Midwest. Had I been in San Francisco and dined here, I would have been exceptionally pleased with my selection.

If you are seeking a great meal, chef'd with love, expertise and food knowledge, I recommend the "special" menu at Zacatecas.

Don't forget to ask for the special menu and go with creativity in mind and be prepared to experience real, Mexican gourmet cuisine.

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Thank chriskof
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

This is one of the higher quality Mexican restaurants in the area. The food isn't reheated and ready in 5 minutes like at El Azteca, which is a good thing. The menu items are more creative and well-exectued. It is the most expensive Mexican restaurant in the area, however.

Thank chwtom
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

We have been going to Zacatecas for a very long time. It use to be a nice family regular Mexican restaurant. Food was good as was the service. It was low end but pleasant. Ruben and Lolo were and are still our friends. But with new owners comes new ideas and Ernesto and Heidi have their dream of what a great Mexican restaurant should be.
And believe me they have done a great job in transforming that dream into a reality. We still go there and we still love it, but in a different way. The new entree's are visually pleasing as well as fantastically flavored. Fresh flavors make this place a must stop for exciting dining.
We have stopped at many Mexican places in the valley. They seem to share the same menu as well as flavor profile. Some, to be honest are very bland and boring. And to some residents of the valley that is what they think authentic Mexican is. So when they go to Zacatecas, they see things not normally seen on a Mexican menu. So they bock at the idea of something different, and want to stay in their ruts of bland Mexican food. And that is what you are seeing in a couple of reviews of this place. Well too bad for them. Enjoy your Taco Bell.

Zacatecas provides a fantastic alternative to the bland Mexican fare we are seeing in the Fox Valley. Oh they have a regular menu, but the special menu presented on the I pad, gives a great visual experience as well as an explanation of what you will be getting.

You will pay a little more for these specials but we have found them to be well worth it. Ernesto and Heidi have turned the bland into the upscale in flavor and dining, but still keeping that casual atmosphere.
IF you do not like the food here, then all I can say is keep going to Taco Bell.

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2  Thank jerry m
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

First of all if you are looking for a delicious margarita made from fruit infused tequilas.this is the place t go. You have to try a Scratch margarita. Be warned - they taste so good you won't realize how much tequila you are drinking.
The food has been good both times we visited also. They have a unique way of displaying their specials with pictures on Ipads. Nice to see what you are ordering looks like. They also have a large standard menu you can also order from.
My husband had a scallops dish last time and it was very good from the scallops to the sauce. I had their popular shrimp fajitas which I thought lacked a little flavor but were still pretty good.
Service has always been excellent too. Love the atmosphere even with the cheesy music videos

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1  Thank mrsweedo18
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

This restaurant consistently provides great food, service, and presents a great theme atmosphere.

The entire facility is ultra clean. What more could on desire? Oh yea...the fare is priced fairly.

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Thank Wazoo3
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