Inside the Lexington Market, Mexican Delight’s chef draws on more than 20 years of experience to build a simple menu of fresh entrees, including halal options. Steamed tortillas fold around three kinds of burritos, including a breakfast version with spicy eggs and a queso option with two kinds of cheese. Fajita plates sizzle with hand-cut meat, and diners can bookend their meals with an appetizer of chicken-stuffed jalapeños and deep-fried ice cream sweetened with honey and whipping cream. On Fridays and Saturdays, live musicians play blues, motown, and jazz tunes to entertain guests and help couples chew their meals in perfect rhythm.
At each Moe's Southwest Grill location, the same signature three-word greeting tickles the eardrums of each diner who enters the doors: ?Welcome to Moe?s!? Inside, chefs prepare a bounty of fresh burritos, fajitas, and tacos filled with grass-fed beef, cage-free chicken, grain-fed pork, and fresh veggies. The staff caters to diets of all sorts with high-fiber guacamole, gluten-free sour cream, and hand-diced pico de gallo made in-house every day, all of which complements hormone-free meats and organic tofu. In all, they use more than 20 wholesome and often sustainably acquired ingredients?one for each subliminal but positive message in the average PSA. As a mellifluous embellishment to the ambience, a sound system plays songs solely performed by deceased artists to honor their musical legacy.
Blue Agave's menu features upscale, authentic Mexican cuisine that rotates to include fresh, seasonal ingredients common to the region. Take off your shoes and glide across the floor to your tile-top table beneath exposed brick walls decorated with relics of turquoise and terra cotta affectations. Once seated, you can start with chicken flautas with serrano chiles and mole chatino ($7) or a platter of mussels with smoked chile cream sauce and habanero rouille ($10). Try to practice your pronunciation with dishes such as the enchiladas en salsa de huitlacoche with chihuahua and cotija cheese and agave rice ($15) or the chuletas de cordero, spicy lamb chops with ancho-port reduction and sweet-potato puree ($28).
Shareable creamy crab dip, hummus with goat cheese, and fried broccoli and cheese bites bring groups together inside the cozy 2110 Bistro. After whetting their appetites, diners move on to homestyle bistro entrees.
Chargrilled steaks and crab-stuffed salmon share menu space with vegetarian, vegan, and halal selections, including vegan ribs with Asian-inspired root vegetables and veggie Mojo sandwiches dressed with creamy horseradish. Meals conclude with rotating desserts made by the owner's grandmother.
In addition to catering to the surrounding diverse community with a variety of meals, the 2110 Bistro celebrates it by showcasing the work of local artists. And on select nights, comedians tell saucy jokes and musicians display the ocarinas they've fashioned out of hairdryers.
With a diverse mix of events, a roster of live music, a pool league, and a full kitchen?plus a new sushi bar?it's hard not to find something to like about Fish Head Cantina. The back patio houses a two-stage venue accommodates up to 1,000 music lovers, as well as a full tiki bar and koi pond. Inside, patrons can sidle up to a table to peruse the enormous menu, which ranges from wings to tacos to more than 20 maki rolls on a sushi menu.
The best thing about visiting the "little" versions of other regions is the food. The second-best thing is that the little versions of grown-up animals still look like baby animals. Today’s Groupon muddles the experience with tropical tastes, splashes it with Latin locomotion, and garnishes it with extended metaphors. For $10, you get $25 worth of scrumptious Cuban cuisine and drinks at Little Havana Restaurant y Cantina Cubana, a casual Federal Hill eatery that's been serving authentic cuisine for more than a decade. Little Havana's is open Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.), Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (kitchen closes at 11 p.m.), and Sundays for brunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.).