La Alianza Restaurant
Every meal at La Alianza Restaurant begins the same way. A basket of house-made tortilla chips, usually with the heat of the oven still on them, arrives at the table. That's usually where the similarities end, though. Sometimes, a bowl of spicy red salsa or fresh guacamole accompanies the chips. Appetizers may then follow, or for diners, they may opt to straight for the enticing array of entrees, which all feature a blend of authentic Mexican flavors with a bit of creative cooking. Dishes range from meaty dishes such as mesquite grilled lamb to lighter fare such as red snapper slathered in spicy salsa with a side of pineapple-infused rice. Throughout meals, the staff keep pitchers of sangria and 16-ounce margaritas flowing to wash down the hearty eats.
And when mouths aren't full of food, La Alianza’s owners encourage them to take up singing. They host participatory events in their karaoke bar, where technique matters less than enthusiasm and a killer stage name.