Patron Mexican Grill

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The question arises, why is Mexican food so highly sought out? Let us dig deeper and explore why this type of food sparks so much excitement. The first fundamental reason is simple, appearance. Mexican cuisine typically has eye-striking, vibrant colors that catch one’s attention. Chances are if something looks appealing, most people are going to want to dive in and try it. Mexican food is also loaded with many unique ingredients and spices that truly makes it unique. Some of the most popular being garlic, onions, cilantro, oregano, cumin, and chilies. Add a vibrant and appealing margarita to the mix and you have yourself a recipe for a great night out. At Patron Mexican Grill, which has numerous locations in Allegheny County, you can enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine and a wide variety of margaritas, specialty beers, and liquors. Let us explore!

The philosophy – Patron uses an old family tradition to prepare authentic Mexican dishes. They pride themselves on not only the food but the bar selection as well. Although they strive to serve you recipes from the old country, they also want to keep their menu diverse and stay up to date on modern recipes as well.

Appetizers – Chips, nachos, salsa, and guacamole are traditional appetizers that can be found at Patron. They specialize in a variety of dips as well such as queso, spinach, bean and chile relleno which is a fire-roasted poblano pepper filled with chicken and sour cream and topped with cheese sauce, avocado, tomato, and cilantro.

The Patron fajita – The Patron Fajitas (captioned) are unique and bursting with flavor. They are unique in that you get all three proteins in one fajita which include steak, chicken, and shrimp. They provide ample amounts of green and bell peppers, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa. The portion size is substantial, and you can order them for two if you would like.

Specialty dishes – Patron has an abundant option of choices when it comes to specialty dishes. Some that catch your eye are the El Jefe Platter which features grilled chicken, steak, carnitas, chorizo, and shrimp over grilled peppers and onions. It is served with a spicy tomatillo sauce, limes, and fresh tortillas. The Chimichanga features beef and shredded chicken, which is stuffed inside a flour tortilla, then fried and topped with cheese sauce. It is served with rice, beans, lettuce, Pico de Gallo, sour cream, and guacamole.

Street tacos – Most people love tacos. When making a good taco, you need to make sure you are using a quality tortilla, a juicy and tender protein, and fresh vegetables. Finally, you need to bring all the flavors together with something acidic to give the taco balance. Patron has several taco options which includes your choice of grilled chicken, steak, carnitas, chorizo, or pastor. They are topped with cilantro and onions and served with rice, beans, spicy tomatillo sauce, and limes.

Other menu items – Patron also has tasty Quesadillas available in steak, shrimp, spinach, vegetable, chicken, cheese, and fish. If you are looking for traditional American dishes, try one of their steak and seafood options. The Patron Steak and Cameron features a grilled T-Bone steak which is seared to create a crust bursting with flavor and six grilled butterfly shrimp. It is served with lettuce, Pico de Gallo, sour cream, and your choice of rice or French fries.

The Margaritas – Patron has an extensive Margarita list with specials on most days of the week to cut you a break on the cost. Served frozen or on the rocks, try a traditional house Margarita or one of the many flavors such as strawberry, blue mango, raspberry, cherry, watermelon, melon, grape, or apple. Upsize it for a small charge and go with the Margarita “La Jefa” which features 18 ounces of goodness.

Patron Mexican Grill Final Take:
  • Taste and Flavor
  • Portion Size
  • Affordability - Entrees $12.00 - $19.00 Appetizers $4.00 - $14.00
  • Ambiance


My final take – Upon entry you notice that Patron operates like a well-oiled machine. The service is excellent, they seat you quickly, and your food comes out of the kitchen in no time. The ambience grabs your attention quickly and you feel like you are in Mexico. You are also reminded this place is legit as you enter the Wexford location and see all the pictures of celebrities and professional athletes that have dined here. If you are hungry for Mexican cuisine and delicious Margaritas, Patron will deliver!

Score rubric

  1. Taste and Flavor –

(1) Bland, no taste at all, under/overcooked/dry

(2) Edible, but below average, little to no spices, herbs, or seasonings, somewhat under/overcooked/dry

(3) Decent quality, spices/herbs/seasoning used. Not going to rave about the food but also not going to complain.

(4) Restaurant/dish lives up to reputation. Flavorful, it is clear spices/herbs, seasonings are used effectively. Dishes clearly thought out and well executed. What you would expect for your hard-earned dollar.

(5) Exceeds expectations. Not only are spices/herbs, and seasonings used to perfection, at this level, highest quality ingredients/meats used. Processes such as aging, brining, and marinating are used at this level. Food is cooked to perfection at this level and meat is unbelievably tender and juicy. You tell all your friends and family immediately about your food experience.

  1. Portion Size – How much food do you get, is there left-overs? 5s need to wow me.
  2. Affordability – Average cost of entree’s and appetizers
  3. Ambience – The mood or feeling of the restaurant. Decorations, history, memorabilia, etc. Is it an atmosphere you could spend hours at?

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