Caribbean Breeze sends forth bursts of flavor with its menu of Latin- and Caribbean-inspired meals. Inside the well-lit eatery, chefs prepare shrimp three ways: breaded in coconut, swimming in a champagne cream sauce, or wrapped in bacon and cheese. Salmon and tilapia filets evoke more delicate flavors straight from the grill. The kitchen also concocts Mexican classics such as carne asada, which is served with deep fried jalapenos alongside rice and beans.
For the last 12 years, the Real De Minas kitchens have tempted patrons with the aromas of sizzling meats, vegetables, and seafood, as the chefs whip up authentic Mexican dishes. At breakfast, chefs dish out traditional Mexican meals including huevos rancheros and chilaquiles, in addition to a varied lineup of omelets. Later, entrees such as burritos, lobster-tail fajitas, and steaks team up with 13 combination platters. Guests can pair bites with imported beers and 26-ounce margaritas, the ideal amount of liquid to spit take into an enemy’s face.
According to lore that has been passed down through the Lucio clan, one of the family progenitors was kidnapped from her native Chihuahua after Pancho Villa tasted her food and decided he needed her as his chef. That distant matron’s culinary wizardry trickled down the family tree and currently informs the cooking of her great-great-grandchildren at Armadillo Restaurants. Chefs at the restaurants use those generations-old recipes while gently patting cornhusks into place around meal and shredded pork or simmering red-chili sauce for enchiladas. Since the Lucios converted the first Armadillo Restaurant from a tough-guy bar into a restaurant in 1972, they’ve opened six additional locations in the Front Range.
Father-and-son team Liberato and Ricardo Garcia grew their family business into a local franchise rooted firmly in a passion for authentic Mexican recipes served in festive surroundings. To that end, the eatery takes its name from a joyous exclamation heard often in Mexico during lively nights on the town, when meeting a good friend on the street, or after successfully completing a high-five. This joie de vivre is evident in Ajuua’s colorful cuisine, from its guac-covered nachos to its top sirloin smothered in strips of bell pepper. Diners sip chilly margaritas as they tuck in to plates of bacon-wrapped prawns, sautéed pollo a la crema, or hearty chorizo con huevos.
Honing their skills in professional kitchens for more than 30 years, Dora and her family shuffled through a few different culinary homes before stumbling on a vacant building. Realizing the potential this raw space could have after a little love, the family renovated the space and transformed it into the present-day Dora's Mexican Restaurant & Lounge. Dora's tight-knit staff is composed of family and friends, some who have worked at the restaurant since its opening in 1994; the team tirelessly churns out Dora's authentic Mexican family recipes to the appreciation of a loyal following of customers and hopeful pups in nearby backyards. Hefty portions populate both lunch and dinner menus, including traditional chimichangas, tamales, and goblets of the restaurant's iconic, ever-popular margaritas, which patrons can sip in a spacious dining room that pays homage to the vibrant exterior architecture of Mexico with bright, coral-color walls.
Since its inception as a single Fort Collins eatery almost 20 years ago, Big City Burrito has spread its wings across Colorado and Nebraska, presenting a menu of create-your-own burritos, tacos, and the like composed of fresh fillings and made-from-scratch tortillas. Just as all buildings start with a steady foundation of flour and water, all burritos begin with a good tortilla. And Big City offers half a dozen options, such as tomato-chili and jalapeño-cheddar. After picking a tortilla, customers can start relaying their order to the kitchen crew, be it for a burrito packed with chicken mole and topped with mild pico de gallo or a carne asada taco with a dollop of salsa de lupe—the restaurant’s special blended hot salsa. Customers also can choose to have the decadent fillings and salsas served simply atop a plate of rice and beans or stuffed inside a fresh-made quesadilla. Besides crafting meals day and night, Big City also serves breakfast burritos for both adults and kids and offers catering services, which include burrito bars and boxed lunches for large groups or corporate events.
7 Leguas not only celebrates its Mexican heritage with its cuisine, but also with its name. The restaurant was named after Pancho Villa’s horse, which the famed general rode in several battles during the Mexican Revolution. Guests will find a photograph of Pancho Villa riding 7 Leguas on the front of the menu, and a candid shot of them high-fiving in midair on the back. Some of the menu’s most alluring items are the tacos, which chefs stuff with carnitas, beef tongue, or chorizo before adding a handful of cilantro and chopped onions. But there are plenty of other palate-pleasing options, including sizzling fajitas, enchilada plates, and chicken mole.