Good Taste: Iguana Mexican Grill - 405 Magazine

Good Taste: Iguana Mexican Grill

The recently renovated Iguana Mexican Grill remains a prime locale for savory favorites old and new.


It’s been almost 10 years and innumerable tortillas since Iguana Mexican Grill opened the doors of its location down by the railroad tracks on NW 9th Street in OKC – and while that means it certainly qualifies as an established favorite (especially on Tuesdays), a recent revitalizing renovation has given it a whole new feel.

“This is a new era for Iguana Mexican Grill,” says operating partner Marc Dunham, “and we are ready to celebrate our new look and new menu.”

Those nascent flavors include Shrimp Tacos a la Tuma  (they’re elevated with mango slaw, Oaxaca cheese and a chile de arbol aioli); handmade guacamole laced with pomegranate, pineapple or bacon; or the Cochinita Pibil – pork marinated in orange and achiote, cooked in a banana leaf and served with cilantro, pickled onions and flour tortillas.

But for those anxious to savor an old favorite, never fear – Iguana still specializes in fajitas, and chef Juan Quixtan will be happy to whip up a sizzling heap of steak, chicken or shrimp for devouring.

Whatever you order, we recommend you try the Cantarito as an accompaniment – it’s a traditional Mexican cocktail of tequila and fruit juices, served in a handmade clay jug that’s integral to the drink’s tradition. It’s always a good idea to try new things, especially if they’re old favorites.