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The Brooklyn Paper / Daniel Krieger

“The menu?” asked Eva Sanchez, who opened the Mexicali Restaurant with her husband Guillermo in 2005. “Oh, there is so much.”

Indeed there is. In addition to a long list of standards like guacamole, quesadillas and fajitas (pictured), chef Hitolito Neneses cooks up plenty of Tex-Mex and Mexican dishes to satisfy meat-happy carnivores as well as vegetarians. There are several “carnes” (meats) with specials such as the “Bistec al Tequila,” a hearty sirloin steak spiked with the alcohol and accompanied by sauteed green peppers and onions. For those on a meat-free diet, Neneses brings 15 vegetarian entrees to the table including enchiladas with house-made mole sauce as well as “chiles rellenos,” (a roasted Mexican chile filled with cheese then deep fried) too.

Now that the weather has warmed, the dining room’s 18-foot windows are left open, letting the soft breezes take the sting out of the “sopa de ajo” (garlic soup). While you sit in the comfortable space with its wooden floors and chairs, white cloth-covered tables that seat 70, and one wall inlaid with handsome stones, order a beer or one of the special drinks.

“People like our Margaritas, Pina Coladas and sangria,” sighed Sanchez. “There is so much to drink, too.”

Mexicali (141 Court St. between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street in Cobble Hill) accepts American Express, Diners Club, Discover and Visa. Entrees: $10.25–$12.50. The restaurant serves dinner daily. Brunch is available on weekends from noon – 4 pm. Subway: F to Bergen Street. For information, call (718) 625-7370.

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