At Mauricio's Grill and Cantina, a festive atmosphere is just as important as a commitment to culinary tradition. Surrounded by palm trees, both brightly colored locations serve simple Mexican dishes ranging from classics to original house interpretations. Quesadillas and enchiladas are stuffed with ground beef or marinated chicken and then grilled. The aroma of shrimp sautéed with vegetables mingle with that of new york strip steak tossed in ranchero sauce. The kitchen also prepares a range of vegetarian dishes. At the cantina-style bar, servers blend margaritas and other tropical house cocktails.
Staple foods such as chili peppers, corn, and fresh cheese might seem ordinary, but the cooks at Geelaageessa Restaurant & Cantina transform these everyday ingredients into memorable Oaxacan specialties. Drawing on the rich culinary traditions of the Mexican state, they simmer chilies, nuts, and chocolate for a rich mole sauce to be ladled over chicken breasts. Diners can also savor traditional dishes such as tlayudas—fried tortillas spread with asiento and black bean paste, queso fresco, chorizo, and other savory ingredients—or expand culinary horizons with the chapulines, a dish of fried grasshoppers. Horchata topped with cantaloupe, chopped nuts, and cactus fruit rounds out meals with sweet, fruity notes.
To craft their signature dish?The New York Sizzle? the chefs of Steak & Grape Restaurant hand carve a choice cut of Angus steak. They sizzle up the meat in a special broiler until it's juicy and tender, and then serve it on a 600-degree plate with a decadent garlic butter. Servers bear the premium cuts out into the airy, rustic dining room, along with plates of handmade specialty burgers, fine pastas, and fresh seafood. Bartenders bustle about behind the sleek wood bar, uncorking bottles of fine wines beneath the glow of flat-screen TVs.
Mikey V's owner, Mike Vejar, is a master of casual, cafe-style Mexican cuisine. Often found helming the grill, Vejar cooks up breakfast, lunch, and dinner at his cozy and well-maintained little restaurant. The Tex-Mex style fare includes favorites such as sizzling fajitas, shrimp tacos, and tender carne asada.
Qdoba's burrito baristas handcraft a catering menu of Mexican-inspired cuisine, customizable with a panoply of fresh ingredients for a taco, nacho, or burrito bar. Qdoba's culinary crafters craft succulent fillings for burritos, tacos, nachos, and quesadillas, including protein-packing choices, such as slow-roasted pulled pork, adobo-marinated grilled steak or chicken, and spiced shredded or ground beef, with vegetarian options also available. Taste the gooey flavor accents of the signature queso sauce, a three-cheese blend with roasted poblanos, tomatoes, and jalapeños, the pinto or black beans simmered in cumin and onion, or the creamy, hand-smashed guacamole that's ideal for filling up Queen Elizabeth's diamond-studded guacamole chalice. Tortilla chips with salsa bar and desserts complete each catered event, and customers can opt for burrito-boxed lunches and any add-ons.
Pete's Breakfast House flips cakes, cracks eggs, and stirs up other farm-fresh ingredients for made-to-order breakfast and lunchtime eats. An extensive menu of daybreak chow pampers palates of off-duty owls and midday risers alike. Breakfast plates act as garage-door openers for the eyelids with options like the Biscuit Plate, on which eggs, bacon, sausage, and biscuits skinny dip in a slather of homemade gravy ($7.75). Fodder aficionados marvel at the use of culinary envelopes in the pesto omelet, which tucks spinach, mushrooms, pesto, parmesan, and jack cheese in a bed of eggs for a postrooster nap ($8.95). The frittata kicks the covers off fresh veggies and cheese to be served open-faced ($9.25).