|Trib Photo/Briana Lonas|
Owner Jorge Maravilla serves up a platter of authentic Mexican cuisine.
|Trib Photo/Briana Lonas|
Some of the offerings are listed on a chalkboard at Josie's.
Josie's Juice Bar and Mexican Food Restaurant may one day be known simply as "Josie's" because this name will say it all.
"I eat here every day," said Trent Barney, as he stood in line Monday afternoon waiting for a serving of the Super Quesadillas.
Barney said that since the place opened, he's been a huge fan and can't get enough of the food.
"I recommend everything," he said.
Josie's opened early in July and features a menu full of unique, but traditional options inspired by the central and northern cuisine of Mexico, explained owner Jorge Maravilla.
One of Josie's traditions is the hand-made corn tortilla. In fact, all of the food and specialty waters and juices are made from scratch.
The owner's personal favorite is the mulitas, a double tortilla filled with cheese, asada and only the freshest guacamole. He tops this treat with the restaurant's sumptuous salsa.
Josie's does not serve the typical tacos and burritos. The foreign sounding dishes on the menu soon may become like old friends once they've been enjoyed.
For example, the cochinita pibil is a Mexican slow-roasted pork dish. Another savory pork entrée is the chicharon prensado and the simple but hearty empanisados in either chicken or beef. In addition, the menu features vegetable dishes such as the calabacitas and rich sauces like mole.
The friendly restaurant staff also serves up a soup of the day, seasonal seafood, quesadillas, nachos, chilaquiles, kids hamburger or hot dog combos, menudo, combination platters and a delicious breakfast burrito selection offering choices of bacon, chorizo, machaca, potatoes and egg, beans and ham or steak.
Perhaps the most refreshing items are the seasonal shakes, fruit waters and natural juices.
"We actually make all of the drinks from fresh fruit and we make them just right," Maravilla said.
He laughed and said often customers ask if the drinks really are fresh as they are often used to restaurant or supermarket drinks made from powders or concentrate.
"Even the horchata is from scratch," he said.
Josie's also offers a lemon and chia drink rich in three different omegas, packed with protein, Maravilla explained. This specialty drink keeps the body hydrated.
The customers have been quick to embrace the tasty lemon drink and keep asking for more, Maravilla said.
If that were not enough, Maravilla introduced the famous "vampire" or vampiro drink to the menu made from beets, carrots, celery and oranges. Maravilla said that boxers in training often drink the blood-red juice for health and weight maintenance.
He also mixes up a nutritious green cocktail made from spinach, broccoli, celery, green apple, pineapple and parsley.
"This drink can replace a meal," Maravilla said.
"We're building quite a bit of clientele. A couple just ate here again today after coming here for breakfast. Our prices are good for the drinks and meals we sell," he said.
Maravilla found the inspiration to open a restaurant after eating out with his family and getting tired of the sports bar and burger fare.
"We were having a hard time finding authentic Mexican food. The food from Los Angeles pretty much gave me the idea to open the place...I wanted to bring a little bit of flavor from L.A.," he said.
Let's not forget about Taco Tuesdays! Josie's will serve $1 tacos from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on these days.
Maravilla said he would extend the operating hours based on customer demand.
Josie's is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the hours are: Monday though Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Josie's is at 3050 N. Windsong Drive, Suite 108. For more information, call 928-772-0822.