The Dish: Agavero Cantina

Agavero Cantina

4140 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn



· Open since: Jan. 5

· Location: Agavero Cantina is in Lilburn off Lawrenceville Highway

· Hours: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Lunch is served until 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

· Owners: Jesus Onate, 27, and Jose Lopez, 25, both of Smyrna, have grown up in their family's restaurant businesses, which span more than 30 years. Agavero Cantina is the cousins' first venture sans the rest of their family.

· Atmosphere: The atmosphere at Agavero Cantina is contemporary yet natural. While the bar boasts murals of masked Mexican wrestlers, the wooden chairs have a primitive, natural look. Most of the fixtures, decor, wood and stone in the restaurant were imported from Mexico.

Agavero Cantina offers booth, table and bar seating and a covered patio area for outdoor dining.

· Menu: Onate says Agavero Cantina has something for everyone. With just a glance at the restaurant's lengthy menu, one might wonder how anyone who enjoys Mexican-style food wouldn't find a dish to savor. Agavero Cantina offers all the staples of typical Mexican-style restaurants - tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos - and more. From the popular Tres Amigos - grilled steak, chicken breast and shrimp served with a choice of rice or beans and a guacamole salad - to the Pablos Chops - two grilled pork chops topped with grilled potatoes and tomatillo sauce served with rice and beans - choices of meats, beef, chicken, pork and seafood, are plenty.

Agavero Cantina's menu also offers a list of vegetarian options, including veggie nachos and Fajitas Vegetarian, bell peppers, onions, broccoli, mushrooms, cauliflower and tomatoes served with guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, beans and a choice of flour or corn tortillas.

The restaurant boasts what it calls the best margaritas in town and offers wine and various imported and domestic beers.

· Things you might not know: Onate's and Lopez's family is originally from Jalisco, Mexico, where the agave plant grows. Drawing on their family's heritage, the cousins named their restaurant for the agavero, a person who cultivates the agave plant and also a brand of tequila bottled in Jalisco.

SideBar: On the menu

· Mexican omelet (lunch) - A two-egg omelet filled with pico de gallo and cheese with a choice of chorizo or ham and a side of rice or beans, $5.65

· Burritos tapatios - Two flour tortillas stuffed with beans and grilled chicken or steak and a special sauce served with sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo and rice, $9.35

· Cancun special - Fish fillet and shrimp grilled and marinated with special ingredients served with rice and a guacamole salad, $12.95