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Viva Mercado’s Restaurant will Surprise You

July 5th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

Viva Mercado’s Restaurant will Surprise You                                  By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

Of course you will find all of your favorites at Viva Mercado’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, but open your mind to discovering the new culinary thrills awaiting you.

Robert “Bobby”

Mercado, the

owner, not only

spent time


the best

dishes from all over Mexico, but he has

been collecting recipes for over 20 years.   Always seeking to

dazzle his guests, Bobby may combine elements of one recipe

with another resulting in a completely different taste and

maybe even a different look!  Or Bobby experiments until he has

a unique slant on a popular dish.  That is what makes dining so

exciting.  It will never be boring here.

Just look at the

menu to see the

difference.  Bobby

even uses

some ingredients

you would not

normally find in

Mexican food.

In Mexico City, Tacos are prepared with cabbage, cilantro and

onions, yet cooks in other sections of Mexico only use cilantro

and onions.  Another example, he offers special turkey tamales

with cheese sauce during the Christmas holiday, keeping with

the traditions of Mexico.  I have never heard of

turkey tamales before!

Bobby proudly commented, “Our Margaritas are second to

none!  We are the only Mexican Restaurant recognized by Bon

Appetite Magazine.”  Winner of the Review Journal’s “Best of Las

Vegas,” and rated excellent by Zagat Survey, AAA, and the

Mobile Travel Guide.

Bobby described his food.  “You will be sure everything is fresh,

all down to earth home cooking.  We never used lard, even

before it was fashionable not to.  Everything is cooked to order.

My philosophy can be compared with a triangle’s three points-

atmosphere, service and great food.

You cannot have one without the other.




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Viva Mercado's Restaurant Will Surprise You (Continued)

His taste tempting dishes make you wonder how the different flavors are combined.  Bobby cuts his own meats.  The Carne Asada is prepared with New York steak and the Fajitas with filet mignon. You usually do not receive that quality of meat in those dishes.

On Friday and Saturday nights, you are invited to enjoy entertainment at no cover, no minimum.  The strolling singing guitarist tells stories about each of the songs.   

I enjoy a meal better when there are more choices.  Instead of just having an enchilada or just tamales, you can choose one, two or three of 11 combinations (enchilada, taco, burrito, chimichanga, chile relleno, tamales, flautas, veggie burrito, veggie tamale, tostada, and soft Mexico style tacos).  The Build Your Own Combinations give us the freedom to choose exactly what we want.  Not many restaurants offer that.  Everyone has different tastes, in this way each person can be satisfied.   

He raves about using Poblano chile peppers, ?They are larger, meatier and richer than the other types. These peppers can be spicier at certain times of the year.?

Bobby is even creative with eggs.  If you just feel like having eggs, why not try one of his four egg dishes?  Huevos (eggs) with your choice of shredded pork, beef or chicken, grilled with pico de gallo mixed in the scrambled eggs.  Chef Jose also prepares fried or scrambled egg sandwiches, as well as eggs with Mexican sausage, and eggs with Ranchero sauce salsa.  His Mexican sandwiches (Tortas) are different from our sandwiches because the bread is similar to a French roll and it is grilled. 

Bobby explains, ?Because of today?s bad economy, I am trying to give everyone a good deal.?

His full catering service brings the party to your home or office for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, events, and other special occasions. Bobby?s catering service handles from 20 to 600 people. 

I like the way the restaurant is sectioned off, so convenient for families or friends, with banquet rooms for small or large groups and parties.  Even though Mercado?s Restaurant is large (1,700 square feet), sitting in any of these sections give the feeling of being a smaller restaurant.  The Viva Mercado?s Restaurant seats 200 people comfortably.  

Bobby also offers a bulk menu with pans of 24 enchilada, or anything else from the menu.  There are family pack dinners for four people with appetizer, including 2 different items for the main course and dessert.

Bobby?s Motto:  ?There are many Vivas but only ONE Viva Mercado Restaurant!?

Lunch Menu

Bobby?s Stimulus Package: Lunch Specials, from $7.95, with 11 selections; Dinner Specials from $8.95 with 7 selections;

Mexican sandwiches: $9.50;   Mexican favorites: $10.50; Specialties: $9.50-11.50;                       

Vegetarian Specialties                                                  (White chicken, not meatless): $9.50-  11.50; 

Build your own combinations, order one-two-or-three items with 11 choices: $9.50-13.50;  

Lunch:  11 am ? 4 pm, Monday-Thursday, with Dinner until 9:30 pm;  Open Fridays and Saturdays:  11 am-10 pm;  

 For information, call 871-8826.  Viva Mercado?s Restaurant and Cantina, 3553 South Rainbow, in the Walmart Shopping Center, off Spring Mountain Road.      www.vivamercados.com