The real deal at Rey Azteca


Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Rey Azteca has emerged out of the remains of an abandoned Pizza Hut along York Road in Warminster, Pa. In fact, from the inside, one would hardly recognize that Rey Azteca previously served as a pizza chain. Quaint, retro tables and chairs fill the dining room while the adobe-style walls are warm and relaxing. The Mexican decorations are not overdone, with only a few zarapes and sombreros tastefully accenting the room.

The waitstaff has warm and easy-going attitudes and their attentiveness will leave you feeling well taken care of. However, if you’re having trouble placing an order, there’s always the no-fail “order by number system” to make things a little easier.

The menu of Rey Azteca is extensive (translation: there’s something for everyone). Each dining experience starts with freshly made tortilla chips served with a flavorful salsa. They’re so delicious that it’s easy to go through three servings.

Meal options include all of your Mexican favorites, such as burritos and fajitas and specialties such as mole pablano ranchero (chicken breast topped with mole pablano sauce, served with rice, guacamole salad in flour tortillas, $7.50) or the chimichanga de Camaron (flour tortillas deep fried, filled with shrimp and fried beans topped with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese and guacamole, $10). There’s also an array of a la carte items like the trio of Chile rellenos ($5.75) and tamales ($4.75), just to name a few.

There is also an entire section of the menu dedicated to vegetarian combinations, including spinach quesadillas ($6.5O) or fajitas served sizzling hot with mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, onions, bell peppers, rice, refried beans, lettuce, sour cream and tortillas ($6.50). The bean burrito, quesadilla and chalupa are the perfect array of Mexican favorites, not to mention a steal for only $6.50. The bean burrito is filled with well-seasoned refried beans, while the quesadilla is made with one of the creamiest, richest queso Oaxaca you’ll ever taste. The chalupa is loaded with refried beans and topped with homemade guacamole and fresh lettuce.

At Rey Azteca it’s OK to splurge on dessert. Sopapillas (fried flour tortillas with honey, cinnamon and butter, $2.25), flan Mexican custard ($2.25) and chimichanga fried banana ($3) make it really hard to resist.

With such cheap prices, this restaurant contradicts the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” At Rey Azteca you’ll get so much more.

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