Family expands Jalisco  tradition to 12th restaurant

True Mexican cuisine will be the calling card for patrons checking out Mi Jalisco in Suntree, slated to open in a couple of weeks.

Natives of the western Mexican state of Jalisco, the owners have plenty of experience serving their traditional food in the U.S.

Elizabeth and Rafael Rodriguez visited Melbourne and decided to open a restaurant. Five brothers and extended family own several Mexican restaurants in North Carolina. When the couple found the Space Coast to their liking and saw opportunity, they decided to open the

12th one.

“The area food here and the taste is different,” said Elizabeth Rodriguez, who assists her husband, Rafael, in management. Cooking for American clientele dials back the spiciness from what Mexicans prepare and serve their own families. “Where there are more Latins, the food is much spicier. I think here, there are more people who don’t like it as spicy.

“We will have a great menu selection, including tacos and fajitas, chicken, steak and cheese quesadillas, and not as spicy as found in the Mexican dishes, but we’ll make homemade hot salsa,” Elizabeth Rodriguez said.

To add to their Mexican fare, the couple’s restaurant offers colorful alcoholic beverages and margaritas.

“We will have around 25 different margaritas made with different tequilas,” Elizabeth Rodriguez said. “The state of Jalisco is the primary tequila distilling area. We will feature a great variety of tequilas from there.”

The family-oriented Mi Jalisco at 7700 N. Wickham Road will feature an outside patio and inside dining. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.