My husband and I have been fans of the Perdomo family for years. Jose used to work for a local Mexican restaurant. He managed it in a way that made you feel welcome. If he saw you more than a time or two, he knew you by name, knew your preferred drink, and more often knew what you wanted before you did.
When we heard that he was going out on his own and opening his own restaurant, we were happy for him. We knew anything he did would prosper.
When the doors opened and we went to see what Jose and his wife, Mandy, had accomplished, we were excited for them. He’d made a beautiful restaurant. The colors were warm, the staff wonderful, and the menu was varied with items that sounded so good, it was hard to choose.They offer an array of favorites from tacos, burritos, and enchiladas to hamburgers, steak, and baked potatoes. If I start talking about the fajitas, we’ll be here all day.
I remember the first time we went to Jose’s, the salsa was the first pleasant surprise of many. It was bold with highlighted flavors of lime and cilantro. Most places skimp on the cilantro, but Jose knows his stuff. Tony is a guacamole man. He is disappointed in the whole meal if the guacamole isn’t good. With the first bite of Jose’s guacamole his eyes lit up and a slow smile made it’s way across his face. He became an absolute fan. I got the blackened shrimp tacos and black bean soup. I like to consider myself a foodie, but I was so unprepared for those tacos! The shrimp was seasoned and cooked to perfection. Shrimp is so easy to overcook, and Jose’s has it down to an art. The subtle spice of the shrimp paired with the tangy mango salsa blew me away.
As a testament to their success, Mandy and Jose soon got a bigger building across the highway from their original location. It’s even more lovely and has a lot more seating. It’s light with great atmosphere. The dark wood and metal gives it a modern feel. I believe it is exactly what our small town needs. Any time the doors are open, there are cars in the parking lot. I’ve never seen it have a slow day, and I pass by pretty often.
Our most recent visit solidified what I know about Jose and his staff. Everything they do is consistently good. The salsa is always my favorite. The chips are seasoned and warm. They work hard to keep your glass full and always have a smile.
I really guess I should not call myself a foodie. I’m from Mississippi and up until now, I’d never had shrimp and grits. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit this.
I remedied my shaming situation at Jose’s. I’ve heard nothing but good about the shrimp and grits. However, I was not prepared. The grits were some of the creamiest I’ve had. Some creamy grits tend to be too thin, but not these. The consistency was just right. The grits were covered with cheese, remoulade, bacon, and green onions. In proud positions on top were six large grilled shrimp. My taste buds went into overdrive as I enjoyed spoonful after spoonful.
Tony got the chile rellenos which are a personal favorite of mine. They came so hot from the kitchen that even the last bite was warm. The rellenos are covered in melty, gooey cheese. The rice and beans are flavorful on their own. Tony mixes them and swears it’s the best thing ever. He also got some grilled jalapenos. I stole a few and added them to my shrimp and grits. I know I’ll definitely ask for them next time. We didn’t have room for dessert, but we sometimes get the fried cheesecake. It’s always spectacular.
At the end of your meal at Jose’s, you feel at home, you have a full belly, and you leave happy. Also, the salsa is good enough to drink, and no one will judge you for it. If you don’t believe me, ask Tony.
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Jose’s Restaurant & Grill
834 Franklin Dr. SW, Magee, MS 39111