The main attraction at Juan’s Flaming Fajitas & Cantina is, well, the inferno rising from those fajitas. Every order of Juan’s namesake speciality gets wheeled up on a cart along with a tiny cup of vodka—which is tossed atop the meat and veggies and set aflame for few seconds.
It’s quite a show, but it’s not the reason I’ve been visiting Henderson’s new Water Street location of the five-year-old West Tropicana favorite with regularity these past few weeks. I go for the lunch specials, which are cheap, wide-ranging and pretty darn tasty. Where most Mexican joints seem to offer a handful of midday deals, Juan’s dedicates two pages of its menu to them. And they’re all priced between $9 and $13.
From the Platos section, choose among proteins like carnitas, chile Colorado, chicken Monterey and chile verde (served regular or picante) or, oh yeah, those fiery fajitas. Go for a torta (sandwich)—egg and cheese, carne asada and others—or customize a one-, two- or three-item combo from a long list of options. Chili relleno, shredded chicken tostada and pork tamale? Check. Fish taco, cheese enchilada and shredded beef chimichanga? Check (and when have you ever seen a chimi available as one-third of a combo plate?!). Basically, if you can dream it, Juan’s can do it—with rice, beans (ask for the whole pintos), chips (and an array of salsas)—for around 10 bucks. Think of the mini bonfires around you as bonus entertainment.
JUAN'S FLAMING FAJITAS & CANTINA 16 S. Water St., 702-476-4647. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday- Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.