At Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant's two locations, familiar enchiladas and corn tamales draped in rich chili sauces pour from the kitchen on rainbow-colored fiesta ware, which also delivers house specialties such as prawns sautéed with dungeness crab and vegetables and Cancun tacos filled with halibut and pico de gallo. Burgers and chicken strips provide a similarly hearty alternative to deep-fried chimichangas packed with beef, chicken, or pork chile verde, which is also available by the bowlful. The cantina's design adds to a festive atmosphere, its tangerine walls painted to resemble an arcade overlooking the sea and its carved, wooden chairs painted to resemble the hollowed-out burritos that carried the conquistadors across it.
Thirty years ago, the Ramos family set out to establish a Mexican eatery that would reflect the hospitality of their own home and feature a menu replete with south-of-the-border staples such as tacos, fajitas, and chimichangas. The fruits of their early labors have since multiplied, and today Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina flourishes in three locations. Known for its tangy margaritas and extensive selection of burritos and chimichangas, the restaurant also caters to heartier appetites with macho combos such as the El Presidente, a beef and cheese chili relleno served with a tamale, chicken flauta, and lengthy trade agreement to peruse throughout the meal.
At Chepo's Mexican Restaurant, cool margaritas wash down zesty appetizers and classic Mexican entrees. Diners can start off by sharing mini beef tacos, before moving on to main courses such as grilled chicken quesadillas or tamales made with tender, seasoned pork. Chepo's also accommodates vegetarians with dishes such as vegetable burritos.