Picoso Mexican Grill’s eight-entree menu is as no-frills as their mission—to serve fresh, authentic Mexican food. The kitchen executes this goal by charbroiling meats such as carne asada, chicken, and chorizo to juicy perfection before stuffing them into tacos and burritos. Crema fresca drizzles the torta—a Mexican-style sandwich on telera bread—and the eatery’s interpretation of nachos, dubbed simply “chips and meat,” lounges on a bed of lime-infused tortilla chips. Imported Jarritos sodas and horchata, a rice drink made with cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla, cool off a spice-coated tongue more effectively than sticking it out of a car window.
El Nuevo Mariscos Tampico honors its namesake seaside city with a menu full of ocean-fresh seafood, from whole fried snapper and tilapia to plump, juicy grilled shrimp. Meals of oysters Rockefeller and lobster served with tiny monocles and spats satisfy appetites for fancy dinners, and plates of chicken mole or pork ribs in green sauce appeal to landlubbers. A drink menu full of fruity tropical drinks and Mexican beers pair perfectly with fish tacos and shrimp cocktails.
The chefs at Los Cinco Puntos strive to correct the Americanized image of ground-beef tacos by marinating, braising, and frying a trove of traditional Mexican meats. Sizzling carne asada, spiced carnitas, and lengua, just to name a few, play starring roles in the eatery's authentic menu and get executive-producer credits for each movie made about the restaurant's quesadillas. Chefs roll these meaty specialties into burritos, layer them atop fluffy buns for their special tortas, or twist them in fried tortillas for perfectly crispy flautas. They also create tamales by the dozen, filling the husk-wrapped treats with a similar array of succulent meats.
Chefs at La Cocina pick fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding area to build Mexican and Cuban plates as colorful as the eatery's bright orange walls or a firework-filled piñata. After rounds of fresh ceviche or ham croquetas, rustic wooden tabletops fill with made-to-order rice dishes such as the palomilla empanizada—thin-pounded top sirloin steak breaded and pan-fried—or stone mortars known as molcajete filled with chorizo or seafood and fresh cheese. For dessert, chefs hand-craft creamy flan or natural shakes made with mango or tropical mamey fruit. A tiled chair rail runs along the restaurant's tangerine walls, which are studded with Mexican-style art and framed photographs of famous burritos that have visited the restaurant.