Ever since Barbacoa Mexican Grill opened in 1998, ordering a meal has turned into a creative pursuit. At the fingertips of everyone who walks in the door is an edible artist's palette that they draw upon as they orchestrate the creation of their dream burrito, burrito bowl, or tacos. Inspiration begins with a foundation: hand-trimmed barbacoa beef slow cooked in a chipotle paste, shredded pork with roasted pineapple and a honey glaze, or even steamed vegetables. Then a rainbow of salsas, a choice of beans, and individually monogrammed grains of rice combine to create a fully personalized meal.
Now spread throughout Utah, Barbacoa Mexican Grill has also branched out beyond its inimitable meals. It strives to establish and strengthen communities by working with local nonprofit and charitable organizations. The primary focus of the restaurants' grassroots endeavors falls on the promotion of healthy, active lifestyles and the support of underserved children—evidenced by their cooperation with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah.
Nacho's Libre Mexican Restaurant taps into traditional Mexican culture through a varied menu of seafood and meat dishes wrapped in tortillas and paired with imported beers. After entering through the bright-pink façade, guests take in the dining room’s paintings and servers occasionally clad in a Mexican luchador’s traditional mask, cape, and Van Halen T-shirt. Chefs craft mole sauce in 10 variations of chilies, spices, and chocolate, and diners can create their own platter combinations of burritos, enchiladas, and chimichangas. Nacho's Libre also slings fare for quick delivery as well as catering for parties, meetings, and ocean-liner christenings.
Hosting human feedings in a cozy restaurant, Caterbee's friendly staff bedecks tables with dishes from a multifarious menu of American fare. Sandwiches ($5.99) set sail on white or whole-wheat bread and are anchored with fresh deli meats such as roasted turkey and honey ham, and a cheeseburger ($1.99), hot dog ($1.59), and side of fries ($1.59) allow customers to consume Americana without swallowing a 30-pack of flag pins. Patrons can assemble a combination of two Asian entrees, which include dishes such as spicy pork and orange chicken nestled atop a bed of chow mein, fried rice, or white rice ($5.99). Patrons may dine in Caterbee or carryout to devour meals in a beloved alley.
The crafty cooks at Pistol Pete’s infuse lives and entrees with the spice and flair of Mexico and the American Southwest. Diners prime peaked taste buds for main events with chips mingled in freshly made salsa ($2.98) before diving into an entree from the menu of Tex-Mex staples. Sizzling chicken or steak fajitas issue tableside pops and crackles reminiscent of fireside cooking or tap-dance recitals in active volcanoes ($9.99), and enchiladas ($7.48–$7.98) and tacos ($7.28–$7.58) combine toothsome meats and cheeses in styles including Nogales (traditional Mexican) and Arizona (southwestern). High-flying meals come in for a safely delicious landing on runways of homemade caramel flan ($2.87). The chefs at Pistol Pete’s prepare their own signature corn tortillas, made fresh on-site each day with the dough-clapping skills of a team of former professional applauders. Fare is complemented by the verdant offerings of a salsa bar stocked with a host of dressings all made from original recipes unique to Pistol Pete’s.
In business more than 30 years, La Frontera prepares an authentic menu of Mexican dishes using select ingredients, homespun recipes, and fresh hand-rolled tortillas. Kick off savory adventuring with chips and salsa made from scratch daily ($2–$2.50), or dive in with Frontera nachos, a mishmash of meat, veggies, beans, jalapeños, guacamole, and sour cream ($8.75). The chili platter boasts a lineup of red or green chili, beans, rice, salad, and two tortillas ($7.75), and the renowned chili verde, made fresh every morning, slathers savory cuts throughout the menu.
When they moved to Utah from Guanajuato, Mexico, the Armentas dug into their family's classified recipe books to find dishes that would satisfy a hungry fan base. Nowadays, one-dollar margaritas and colorful decor cultivate a festive, laid-back atmosphere at Mi Ranchito Grill, but the Armentas' commitment to fresh ingredients is as strict and unwavering as their secrecy around meals' formulas. A riot of color splashes across the kaleidoscopic interior, with vines of multicolored paper strung between archways. Teal neon lights, harvested from naturally-occurring rainbows, bounce onto exposed brick, illuminating diners savoring chicken nachos, garlic-butter shrimp served with two types of chili sauce, and custom combos of tacos, enchiladas, and tamales.