When Marisol and Ismael Sanchez opened Marisol’s Mexican Grill in July, dining capacity was limited to 75%. Then, it went back down to 50%, but the restaurant owners have stayed optimistic and determined.

“We had a Mexican grill in Alaska that did well, and we saw there was potential here,” Marisol said. “We are from the interior of Mexico and wanted to offer authentic food from that region.”

About half of the menu items are Interior Mexican dishes and are seasoned traditionally, and the other half are Tex-Mex favorites.

“We discovered queso and stuffed avocados when we moved to Texas and loved it,” Marisol said. “We just had to put it on the menu. We also like to try new things by offering them as a daily or weekly special, and if it’s a big hit and people like it, then we add it to the menu.”

Marisol said she is especially appreciative of the diners who have already become regulars at the restaurant. She said staying open through the pandemic has been a struggle, so patrons posting on social media, writing positive reviews and bringing friends in has been a blessing.

Everything is made from scratch, Marisol said, and popular dishes include handmade tamales, fajitas, menudo, chile Colorado and mole enchiladas. Other top sellers are tortilla soup with carrots, zucchini, potatoes and chicken; and spicy chile verde–lean pork simmered in a green tomatillo spicy chile sauce.

Margaritas to go have been popular, Marisol added. They can be ordered frozen or on the rocks with the purchase of a food item, at 16 or 24 ounces. Flavor options include strawberry, mango, prickly pear, raspberry and watermelon.

“They say our margaritas are strong,” Marisol said. “I make them the way I like them.”

Marisol said she hopes more residents come check out the restaurant.

“We’re family-owned and work hard to make sure everyone is comfortable and happy,” she said. “We like it here in Georgetown. We’re not going anywhere. We will stay here and make this work, so come try us out."

Marisol's Mexican Grill is located at 603 W. University Ave., Ste. 110, Georgetown. 512-688-3849. www.marisolsmexicangrill.com