La Fiesta Lounge and Bar
Executive chef Aaron Venezuela helms a cadre of culinary wizards to assemble La Fiesta's menu of fresh seafood and authentic regional dishes. Limber chomping muscles with appetizers such as toritos ($8.50 lunch; $10.95 dinner), which fill four mild yellow chilies with a duet of crab and shrimp that sings sea shanties on its way down the esophagus. Deep-fried chimichangas ($15.95 dinner) stuffed with chicken or beef turn the familiarity of a burrito on its head while the carnitas uruapan combines tender chunks of pork, cooked slowly in the traditional Mexican style, with an entourage of red onions, lime, and cilantro ($12.95 lunch; $16.95 dinner). Seafood dishes such as the pescado azteca ($16.95 lunch; $19.95 dinner), which drizzles its pan roasted mahi-mahi and tequila-flamed prawn with a roasted poblano pepper sauce, allows diners to sample the flavors of the Gulf without the hassle of raiding an orca's pantry. Post-meal cool-downs begin with mexican churros sidled up next to Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce ($7.95 dinner).