Spicy aromas waft from quesadillas, tender pork tamales & carnitas through restaurant run by mother & daughters
Up to 52% Off Mexican Food at Cafe del Sol
Cafe Del Sol
Up to 48% Off Mexican Food at Three Amigos
Enchiladas, deep-fried ice cream, and entrees coloured with green or red salsa pair with some of the biggest margaritas in the city
The clinking of cocktail glasses tinkles through Jeffrey's Cafe & Wine Bar as whiffs of baking pastries and grilling sandwiches drift out from the kitchen. Specialty sandwiches and wraps clasp gourmet fixings of wild smoked salmon, fresh vegetables, and melted cheeses; cinnamon-raisin buns, pies, and cakes await pairings with specialty coffee drinks. Red and white wines, beer, and more than 30 specialty martinis make evenings more relaxing than nap on an alpaca.
Beneath vibrant, framed paintings and hanging lights, upholstered chairs and plush leather couches scatter across the café's hardwood floors, and outside, red and green umbrellas shade an expansive patio. In lieu of animatronic banjo players, the cafe regularly hosts live bands and vocalists on weekends.
Natives of Huajuapan de León, the Rosales brothers transported recipes from their Oaxacan village to build a menu for Three Amigos that encompasses spicy, sweet, and savoury flavours. Seabreeze shrimp tacos arrive stuffed with tender seafood; nine specialty entrees boast proteins such as Corona-marinated steak. Patrons can cleanse palates with a variety of beverages, including Mexican sodas, cocktails mixed from one of 50 tequilas, or "old-school" milkshakes that shoulder a boom box upon their lids. Up to 60 patrons congregate in the dining room, where televisions buzz with soccer, hockey, basketball, and football games.
The founders of Taco Del Mar created their business to celebrate three culinary treasures of the West Coast: burritos from the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, crispy fish tacos from the Baja California border, and fresh fish from Seattle’s markets. They created a simple menu that their cooks bring to life by pairing burritos, nachos, quesadillas, and tacos with proteins such as carne asada and seasoned pork. To cater to all diners, they also have ample options for those on a vegetarian, vegan, low-calorie, or gluten-free diet.
The chefs at Julio's Barrio turn fresh ingredients into a menu of Mexican classics. An assemblage of four soft flour or hard corn tortillas lined with taco beef, ancho chicken, or veggies, the grande tacos sate bear-sized appetites faster than swallowing a bow-tied teddy bear ($17.50). The sole de limón takes taste buds on a flavourful detour from tortilla-based creations, tempting palates with flaky white fish encrusted in a lemon-pepper coating ($17). Alternatively, the vegetarian barrio chili coalesces zucchini, onions, celery, tomatoes, kidney beans, and chickpeas to create an herbivorous treat tempting to even the most carnivorous of man-eating super snakes ($11). Six signature salsas—from the traditional mild to the nuclear blending garlic, onion, and habanero—empower diners to customize their meals, and floor-to-ceilings windows funnel sunlight and moonlight into an interior of sunburned floors and tile-bordered orange walls.
Azucar Picante Restorante & Cantina pairs traditional Latin and Peruvian fare with upbeat salsa music and dancing. Weary explorers who have given up on the hunt for El Dorado's lost-and-found box can rest within the soft folds of Azucar's chimichanga, which envelops chicken, onions, peppers, and cheddar cheese in a grilled flour wrap ($17). Bistec a lo pobre accessorizes a juicy pane of fried steak with a fried egg-brooch ($17), and the lomo saltado plays a tasty trio of sautéed marinated beef strips, onions, and tomatoes ($16). Four varieties of taco dishes supply flavourful finger-food ($10–$11), and eyes and stomachs alike feast on the dessert menu's turron de chocolate in which a brownie cradles raisins and pecans ($6) in a luscious embrace.
The Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge move many tourists to snap photos or purchase souvenir key chains. For chef Paul Shufelt, these landmarks—and the cities that house them—aren’t an excuse to stock up on airbrushed T-shirts. Instead, they serve as inspirations for Hundred Bar & Kitchen’s contemporary comfort fare. At this upscale eatery and nightlife hotspot, Paul weaves hints of big-city art and architecture into a menu filled with house-cured meats and fresh, seasonal produce. In addition to showcasing Paul's culinary creativity, the cuisine serves as an homage to cultural cross-pollination. Polish perogies flaunt the flavors of bacon cheeseburgers, and lobster tacos sport Asian wonton shells. Top-grade Alberta beef stars in Prime burgers and tenderloin dinners, which pair nicely with gourmet sides such as truffle fries and green-pea risotto. Many meals unfold in candlelit booths trimmed with red leather seats and napkins as crisp and white as a freshly ironed snowflake. A semiprivate loft accommodates groups with seating for 50 and audio-visual capabilities.
Traditional Northern Indian cuisine revolves around the clay tandoor oven, a kitchen fixture that can reach temperatures up to 900 degrees. At The Tandoor, chefs stoke their own oven to re-create the region's flavourful recipes. Meats marinated in aromatic spices release savoury fragrances as they bake to trigger natural Pavlovian responses such as salivating or barking like a dog. Chefs also bake roti, naan, and paratha breads that help sop up curries or black lentil dahl topped with dollops of cream.
Aromas of steamed meats lure patrons into the family-run eatery Cafe del Sol, where the kitchens staff masters classic Mexican flavours. Every taco, quesadilla, and tamale that comes through the kitchen doors is anchored in tradition. Classic favourites such as carnitas and carne asada greet stomachs with the same amount of comfort as a belly rub from an old friend. To complete the experience, waiters top glasses with sangria and bubbly brews imported from Mexico.