You'd never spot a cook uncapping a bottle of store-bought salsa or a robot frying up pork carnitas in the kitchen at El Guajillo Mexican Restaurant Bar & Grill. The chefs at this family-owned eatery insist on making their sauces and Mexican specialties themselves, from the pico de gallo to the crispy tortilla chips. When they're not chopping up fresh veggies for these house-made delicacies, they're folding fresh meats and veggies into enchiladas, burritos, and tortas, as well as showering tamales in red and green salsas. These versatile kitchen staffers also extend their culinary expertise towards pizzas, topping pies with homemade tomato sauce and specialty ingredients. To complement the diverse menu, the restaurant's bartenders blend a selection of tangy margaritas and fruity cocktails.
Though tamales are a staple of Mexican cuisine, they span a range of flavors and textures depending on who makes them. The Tamale House’s owners, Tony and Magdalena Jump, hold the keys to some of the category’s finest, earning second- and third-place standings at the national Best Darn Tamale Contest in 2011. They fill their tamales’ masa shells with ingredients such as pork sautéed in a green or red sauce, pork spiced with the house’s barbecue sauce, or a vegetarian-friendly combo of cheese and jalapeños.
Though the tamales have garnered national awards, regulars know that the rest of the menu is nothing to skim over. Every morning, Grandma Jump creates a limited number of chilies rellenos that sell out like hotcakes dipped in gold. The staff also fills freshly pressed tortillas with a range of traditional meats to create items such as chorizo-and-egg tacos, carne asada burritos, and cheese enchiladas.
Surrounded by bright shades of lime green and rose, La Fogata serves savory Mexican recipes that embody authentic Mayan and Oaxacan flavors as much as Tex-Mex standards. The chefs use made-from-scratch ingredients as much as possible, from the guacamole made regularly in small batches to their library of salsas sorted according to the Dewey decimal system. Patrons can customize massive burritos to their heart’s content or let La Fogata’s cooks pack them with chili rellenos, seafood medleys, or fajitas with vegetables and meats. A combination of mild anchiote sauce, orange juice, lime juice, and spices marinates the Mayan-style grilled pork steak to give it a sweet and spicy touch. In a lounge-esque bar area, visitors toast goblets filled with frosty margaritas and sip pours from a selection of more than two dozen types of tequila. Check La Fogata's Facebook page for menu and specials updates.
San Diego Taco Company’s mealsmiths conjure the authentic flavors of Southern California's Mexican cuisine and infuse them into savory dishes that beckon hungry stomachs from a mouthwatering menu of Baja-style eats. A horde of burritos, such as the hearty shrimp ($7.99), or the marinated pollo adobado ($6.49), model fashionably delicious tortillas with savory grace and style. Flavor-packed chicken, beef, pork, veggie, or seafood tacos ($2.59–$4.99) can be delivered to mouths via soft or crispy tortillas or miniature catapult. Tortas, such as the al pastor ($6.59), trap sandwich parts safely between slices of bread, and salads, such as the pepita caesar with carne asada ($7.49) unite rival factions of meat and greens in peaceful mealtime bliss
A family-friendly atmosphere housing 10 TVs, Home Field Grill provides a sport-themed menu that packs bellies with made-to-order American fare. Anytime eaters can chow down on a Slam Dunk chicago dog, bacon-wrapped and bedecked with chipotle mayo and poblano peppers ($8.49). Spicy bites of the half-pound Cajun burger with blue cheese ($8.99) help lackadaisical taste buds perk up faster than wilted roses placed in espresso, and the harmonious combo of salmon, shrimp, and white scallops shows off synchronized-swimming routines in the seafood fettuccine's cream sauce ($14.99).
Vibrant groves of trees and gardens provide a scenic backdrop for year-round driving range practice and miniature golf at Tualatin Island Greens. At the range, 43 synthetic hitting bays (including 25 covered and 12 heated stations) look out onto a vast field with plenty of real estate for Herculean drives and accuracy-testing target areas, including a green surrounded by a moat to keep area lawn gnomes from stealing the flagstick. The range also features target flags at 20, 30, and 40 yards to facilitate short-game practice or serve as the destination for balls hit out of the practice sand trap.
Water trickles over a tiny canyon of bedrock that runs alongside Tualatin Island Greens' mini-golf course. The 18-hole course is situated in the shade of towering pines that, paired with its well-manicured gardens, instill peace of mind as players read tricky slopes and avoid obstacles such as Lilliputian ponds, sand traps, and Olympic track hurdles. Golfers can improve their par-hunting prowess past sunset, as the entire complex has lights for nighttime use. Tualatin's Island Grill is also onsite to keep appetites at bay with burgers, chicken wings, and other savory fare.