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Salty’s Fresh Mex: Where fun and flavor meet

By: DeAnne LeBlanc


Salty’s Fresh Mex taco

Salty’s Fresh Mex has earned a glowing reputation since its debut in 2016 – and that says a lot.

Tasty Mexican food with an American flare isn’t easily attained in the Midwest, but Salty’s remedies that problem by serving up delicious “Fresh-Mex” in the Cottleville-O’Fallon area. In fact, Salty’s Fresh Mex has become an endearing local staple in the last few years as a fun place to meet friends, enjoy tasty tacos and indulge in mouth-watering margaritas – all at a great price.

Located at 5045 Hwy. N, the restaurant is co-owned by husband and wife, Paul and Angie Wegeng, who are committed to providing excellent service and amazing food every day. 

Everything is made fresh to order at Salty’s, including the salsa, guacamole and even the refried beans. The beans are soaked and cooked every day with a special in-house recipe.

Menu favorites include tacos, nachos, fajitas and burritos as well as specialty plates like the Mango Habanero Chicken Taco Platter. Generously portioned, Mango Habanero Chicken Taco Platter includes seasoned grilled chicken drizzled with mango habanero sauce and served with pico de gallo and a choice of two sides, either black beans, house-made refried beans, taco pasta salad [a Salty’s original], cilantro lime rice or sautéed vegetables.

Paul said his personal favorite is one everyone should try.

“The Surf and Turf Tacos are my favorite by far,” Paul said. “They are filled with pan-seared garlic shrimp on top of tender grilled steak, with avocado poblano ranch sauce covered with Cotija cheese and cilantro.”

Salty’s menu features bold spices and savory options, served up in large colorful portions.

They’re famous for their hearty burritos made with either ground beef, shredded beef, chicken or steak along with cilantro lime rice and cheddar cheese – all wrapped in a flour tortilla that is drizzled with queso and topped with a house-made taco sauce and sour cream.

The restaurant is closed on Mondays, “to give our crew and their families a little break,” Paul explained, but that hasn’t affected its growing business. In fact, the restaurant recently expanded to accommodate more guests. The addition gave Salty’s needed restaurant space and casual seating as well as an outdoor patio.

The timing couldn’t have been better for the expansion because the menu is getting bigger as well.

“We plan to start breakfast in October, starting at 7:30 a.m., every morning,” Paul said. Breakfast tacos, breakfast quesadillas, breakfast burritos, burrito bowls and more will be included in the breakfast menu.

Salty’s also installed a golf cart parking area this year in the front of the building to accommodate some of the local golf cart drivers. Paul and Angie believe Salty’s is the first and only restaurant in the area with golf cart parking.

Looking for a truly Happy Hour? Drive your golf cart, or standard vehicle, to Salty’s Tuesday through Friday for some tasty adult beverages. Salty’s offers domestic and imported beer, coladas, daiquiris and 10 different margaritas, including watermelon, peach, mango, strawberry, pomegranate and prickly pear. Salty’s guarantees they’re the best margaritas this side of Texas.

“New menu items are coming soon,” Paul said. “So be sure to stop in to Salty’s to see what’s being cooked up fresh!”

Salty’s Fresh Mex

5045 Hwy. N • Cottleville • (636) 477-6520 • Facebook/saltyfreshmexcottleville Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday; closed Mondays

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