Moreno’s Mexican Grill
Moreno’s Express is Your New Favorite Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant
by Tony Pontecorvo
For over 17 years, East Valley residents have enjoyed Moreno’s Mexican Grill at an increasing number of locations. With their eighth restaurant – Moreno’s Express, located at 4981 South Arizona Avenue in Chandler – owner Martina Moreno gives fans the same excellent, locally-owned experience they’ve come to expect, but in the fast-casual atmosphere that’s so popular right now.
Moreno’s has become a staple in the area thanks to its addictive street tacos and Sonoran-style hot dogs. Moreno’s Express has both of these popular items and traditional Mexican dishes, but they also keep things fresh. “Innovation is very important,” said Moreno. “Accommodating customers’ changing food needs and being open to change” is what helps set them apart. Part of that accommodation is having gluten-free and vegetarian items available and working hard to make sure guests’ other dietary restrictions can be handled.
In addition to the street tacos and hot dogs that made them famous, the salad bowls at the new location have become popular in a short amount of time. Moreno’s Express has beer and wine available, as well as margaritas. The food comes quickly, but you can relax and take your time with your meal and enjoy an adult beverage with it.
Breakfast is available at Moreno’s Express from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. The breakfast burritos are filled to capacity and are a great way to start the day. One surprise for Moreno has been one of the other breakfast items that has quickly become a huge hit. “People get the Banana Pecan French Toast in the morning all the time.” she said. “It really snuck up on us. We expect to sell a lot of the breakfast burritos but the French toast was a surprise.”
There are daily specials that range from six-to-nine dollars and include a non-alcoholic drink. The menu is a reflection of traditional favorites and modern takes on Mexican cuisine. There are also rotating specials so you’ll always have something fresh to try. There is a salsa bar with a variety of options to choose from so you can customize your meal with your favorite one.
Moreno’s Express has quickly become an integral part of the community. They have already worked with local schools and other charitable organizations and are enjoying the process of getting to know all of their new neighbors. “We’re very excited to be in the community and grow here,” said Moreno.
At Moreno’s Express, you can get top-quality Mexican food at a good price whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Moreno’s Express opens everyday at 8 a.m. They close at 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, visit morenosmexicangrillaz.com or call (480) 494-5473.
MORENO’S MEXICAN GRILL
4981 S. Arizona Ave. Suite 6
Chandler, AZ 85248