Mango's Mexican Grill and Bar's multitudinous menu of Mexican staples mixed with American favorites sates bellies with fresh tortillas and the delicious fillings that accompany them. Prime the palate with extreme nachos ($8.59) or Mango's taters, potato skins topped with steak or chicken, bacon, cheese, and more ($8.97). Starch-swathed staples include the burrito mexicano ($8.97) and the chori pollo platillo, a platter of grilled chorizo sausage and chicken topped with melted cheese ($9.89). Picky palates might enjoy a simple cheeseburger ($6.89), and culinary connoisseurs may prefer to abandon their PBJ-BLT hybrids in favor of the pollo ala pasta, breaded chicken breast stuffed with onion, cilantro, avocado, and cheese laid to rest on a bed of pasta teeming with veggies and chipotle-ranch sauce ($9.29).
Seasoned staffers wheel a small cart directly up to dining room tables, where they smash avocados into a palatable paste of fresh guacamole right before guests' eyes. This appetizer fuels treks through Cinco de Mayo Amigos Cantina's lengthy menu, which spotlights Mexican favorites infused with authentic ingredients such as pork carnitas, carne asada, and spicy mole sauce. The restaurant's exposed brick walls house weeknight karaoke, as well as other weekly events including Salsa Night on Saturday, Ladies' Night on Thursday, and Day Planner Appreciation Night on Tuesday. On the outdoor patio, guests can get their fill of fresh air and sunshine as they sample 20 varieties of margaritas.
Barcrawls.com and joonbug.com team up to throw themed parties at locations from New York to Los Angeles. Events are typically held at hip nightlife spots such as clubs, lounges, and restaurants. Each year's get-togethers typically include parties for holidays—including Thanksgiving Eve—and viewing parties for baseball's beloved home-run derby as well as the sport's lesser-known "Is It a Balk?" contest.
El Tapatio's chefs invest in their kitchen's culinary culture, prepping authentic Mexican platters that range from chimichangas to the impressive super burrito. Though they specialize in a repertoire of steak, chicken, and seafood dishes, they extend the culinary invitation to veggies with meat-free meals. The cantina side of the restaurant mixes citrusy libations—including margaritas, daiquiris, and piña coladas—that counterbalance the spicy salsas and the wounded pride of losing a salsa-guzzling competition.
Louie's Grill Fusion jazzes up everyday meals with south-of-the-border flavors from Mexico and Cuba that rouse snoozing, spice-craving taste buds. Dip a toe in the meal fountain with appetizers such as fried plantains ($5.49) or a towering plate of nachos ($6.99), or dive right in with a Fiesta burger ($9.79), a half pounder topped with fried onions, slivered avocado, and chipotle ranch with a side of sweet potato fries.