Food Friday: Botanas Restaurant & Bar

BotanasBranson is home to a host of Mexican restaurants but this one is worth stopping by for some authentic Latin American cuisine.

Botanas Restaurant & Bar has a relaxed atmosphere that’s perfect for a casual dinner out with the family. Latin-inspired art hangs framed on the walls and the featured live country music just barely fills the space, making it easy to hold a conversation over dinner.

I also have to mention that this is a fantastic place to watch the World Cup! And you can bet that the two televisions hanging over each corner of the bar will be tuned in for the next 24 days.Botanas

This restaurant provides guests with a fantastic menu of reasonably priced classic Mexican entrees including tacos, burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas, fajitas and more. The menu is extremely vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free friendly, making it a great option for family members who have allergies or need special accommodations for their diets.

The drink options are extensive too, with options like sodas, coffee and tea, horchata, lemonade, imported sodas and a whole separate menu for alcoholic beverages.

To start, you are greeted with a basket of lightly salted tortilla chips and a small bowl of salsa. This is customary at most Mexican restaurants, but Botanas’ salsa is the kind that you can easily accidentally fill up on before you meal even reaches the table. This salsa is a mild one, with fresh chunks of tomatoes, onions and chiles and it tastes strongly of chopped cilantro. If you’d prefer a more spicy option, you can ask your server and he/she will bring it out the “REAL” salsa, as certain members of my family would say. The latter has a fiery taste that I don’t prefer but can appreciate.Botanas

For my dinner entrée, I decided to go with one of my favorite Mexican food staples: classic enchiladas. They came served on a large plate with refried beans, Mexican rice, pico de gallo and a dollop of both sour cream and guacamole. The refried beans were pureed and smooth but not one bit watery, and came topped with shredded mozzarella cheese.

The classic enchilada meal comes with three of them and you can choose chicken, beef or cheese. I tried all three kinds, each mouthwatering corn tortilla filled with either savory chicken, perfectly seasoned beef or hot, melty cheese and then topped with a creamy, white queso for a scrumptious combination that I can’t describe as anything but perfection.Botanas

For dessert, I ordered the Café de Olla Flan, a homemade Mexican coffee custard with caramel drizzle. Its smooth texture and rich, milky flavor with a hint of coffee bean was the perfect way to end my meal.

There wasn’t one thing I tasted at Botanas Restaurant & Bar that was bad and it’s official; I’ve been hooked.

Botanas Restaurant & Bar is located at 3515 W. Highway 76, Branson right next to White Water.

Hours of operation are:

Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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