Bite of the Week: Chicken Fajitas at Familia Dominguez

Chicken Fajitas at Familia Dominguez // Photo by Tj Turner

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler.

Along with chimichangas, chicken fajitas get a bad rap—just because they’re so often overpriced and phoned in by a host of sub-par Tex Mex spots misses the point that the original dish can be a total banger. Fajitas most often go wrong when they’re dressed up and complicated, fussed over and priced near the $20 mark. The best fajitas we’ve had have been at small, casual, family spots, and the best of those spots has to be the little South Minneapolis gem Familia Dominguez.

For $12.50 (it was less than $10 until recently!) you get the basics: a spectacularly sizzling platter of nicely browned chicken, peppers, and onions (with lime wedge), plus tortillas, refried beans, sour cream, shredded lettuce, and salsa. Combine those elements in the proportions that suit your mood, and you’re on a fast train to comfort food: the balance of soft, crispy, warm, cool, rich, and delicate is lovely, and the dish is far more than the sum of its parts. Dominguez pours a mean horchata and does some of the best pescado tacos in town, so even if you’re not a fajitas person, it merits a visit—warm, unpretentious spots like this are far too rare.

Chicken Fajitas at Familia Dominguez // Photo by Tj Turner

THE DISH: Chicken Fajitas, $12.50

THE PLACE: Familia Dominguez, 3313 E. 50th St., Minneapolis

THE REASON: A classic version of a simple, satisfying dish