Ghost Chili Mexican Grill, named for the most potent of chili peppers, is serving a Tex-Mex menu in the Islandia space that formerly housed Starbucks.
The concept is similar to that of Chipotle Mexican Grill. You move along a line and pick the ingredients you want in your taco, burrito, burrito bowl or salad, each of which cost $6.99. Fillings include fire-grilled chicken, steak or shrimp, apple wood bacon, slow-roasted pork, also called carnitas, and slow-roasted beef, known as barbacoa.
There’s also a vegetarian option for $5.99. Salsa toppings range from a mild pico de gallo to a medium tomatillo green salsa to a “crazy hot” ghost chili salsa. Also included are sour cream, lettuce and cheese. Optional: guacamole ($1.75) and extra meat ($1.75).
Burritos come in white, whole wheat, habanero and tomato basil flavors; tacos come in soft flour, soft corn or crisp corn.
Owner Bob Fischer said everything but the cheese and tortillas is made in-house and is low in sodium. Interestingly, Fischer expects to open two Ghost Chili restaurants in St. Petersburg, Russia. This explains why the Ghost Chili website is also viewable in Russian. Fischer added that his wife is Russian by birth.
Ghost Chili Mexican Grill is at 1706 Veterans Hwy., Islandia, 631-909-8081.