Editor's Note: Our Sunday restaurant feature "Dining in Douglas" this week spotlights Blue Agave on Chapel Hill Road.

Atmosphere

Hidden away in a shopping center, Blue Agave is a unique Mexican restaurant with an interior that will stop any customer in their tracks.

The most notable and obvious feature of the eatery is the wall-to-wall mural that wraps around the entire restaurant, including the bar.

The mural represents a village in Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico, which is where the owner Abel Alvarez is from.

“People that come from Arandas, Jalisco, when they see the mural, they say, ‘That’s so and so,’” said General Manager Ofelia Valencia. “This is an actual mural from the old days; it’s from back before machines came. This is how they used to cultivate the agave to make tequila.”

The mural even depicts Centinela, which is the company that processes the agave.

More impressively, the painter of the mural, along with Alvarez, came from the village and hand painted the entire mural.

“It took the painter about a month-and-a-half, day and night,” said Valencia. “He is a recognized painter in that region.”

Once customers get over the jaw-dropping mural, they'll find that the rest of the interior is just as captivating. Star-shaped lights hang above, creating a heavenly affect. Light-colored booths and tables are offset by rich brown chairs. The restaurant reflects a rustic feel but is ultimately met with a comfort and homey persona. An outside patio offers seating for over 80 guests, perfect for parties and events.

As if the interior isn’t enough to impress customers, the owner’s background in restaurants only drives home the point that the establishment is a perfect blend of food and style.

“His father was part-owner of a restaurant in California,” said Valencia. “When his father got old, he divided his assets between him and his brother. That is how they started in the restaurant business. This is his first restaurant.”

His background in a family of restaurateurs is typical of a family from Arandas, Jalisco.

“A lot of people from this region are people that have restaurants either in Georgia, California or throughout the U.S.,” explained Valencia.

In addition to the rich history and atmosphere, Blue Agave does offer acoustic music on the patio on Thursday nights along with a massive Cinco de Mayo parking lot party each year.

Menu

The menu at Blue Agave is quite impressive. It doesn’t end at enchiladas and nachos for this restaurant.

The full-length monster of a menu covers lunch specials, appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, quesadillas, tacos, nachos, burritos and wraps, California style burritos, enchiladas, vegetarian dishes, a kids' menu, fajitas, beef and chicken entrees, seafood, dinner combinations and desserts.

To those who are wondering, the difference between a burrito and California style burrito is that a California style burrito has more sides in it.

“It is about a 12-inch burrito,” said Valencia. “It’s a pretty big burrito.”

The "others" category of food items specifically focuses on signature dishes.

Even though the menu covers almost any dish imaginable, the owner finds a way to change it out to introduce new items.

“Every year, we bring out the same menu but with new items,” explained Valencia. “We take out some of the items and we feature new items. It’s an update.”

Along with the extensive food menu is an equally impressive alcohol menu, complete with a full-service bar.

The menu covers imported beers, wines and sangrias, margaritas and domestic beers, but with the bar, any drink can be created.

“We are a full bar,” said Valencia. “We can make whatever you like. We can make cocktail drinks and we sell them all the time.”

With all the history behind the mural and restaurant itself, it only makes sense that the bar captures some of that as well. The tequila comes from the village memorialized throughout the establishment.

“The village is the one that has the premium tequila nectar,” explained Valencia. “In Mexico, there are certain regions that can only grow the best of the best nectar and this is that region.”

To complete the image of a high functioning restaurant, Blue Agave does offer catering for customers and even offers the food brought to the customer, though it comes with a fee.

“We don’t have a catering menu,” said Valencia. “What we do is we sit down with the customer and we say, ‘What do you want?’ We create our own menu for them. It all depends on the occasion or event.”

For catering, the management asks that the order be placed in advance.

In addition to catering, the eatery does allow large parties for birthdays, weddings and graduations to use the restaurant at no charge as long as the parties consume food and drinks.

 

Blue Agave

Open Since: 2010

Owners: Abel and Luz Alvarez

Location: 3000 Chapel Hill Rd., Douglasville, GA 30135

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Phone Number: 770-942-2844

Blue Agave

Open Since: 2010

Owners: Abel and Luz Alvarez

Location: 3000 Chapel Hill Rd., Douglasville, GA 30135

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Phone Number: 770-942-2844

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