At Perico’s, the faux parrots that perch over the dining room may not greet you when you arrive, but the din of live music will. Musicians take the stage five days a week, playing in front of a silver curtain that glitters under the twinkling lights that stretch across the restaurant’s lofty ceilings. As rock 'n' roll, doo-wop, and '80s covers fill the air, guests have been known to stand up and dance off the hearty Tex-Mex dinners that emerge from Perico’s kitchen. Classic platters feature such Mexican favorites as burritos, enchiladas, tacos, and flautas with a pile of rice and beans. More innovative eats such as the quesadilla burger, a hamburger patty wrapped in a flour tortilla and smothered in cheese and pico de gallo, unite Mexican and American flavors more tastily than a bacon-wrapped peso.
Inside La Terraza 47’s dining room, walls with faux windows, shutters, and flowerboxes recreate the feeling of sitting in a Spanish courtyard. Underneath strings of twinkling lights, servers deliver homemade chicken croquettes and sesame-crusted ahi tuna in tapas-sized dishes. Heartier appetites can attack beef enchiladas or a new york strip flavored with garlic or spanish herb butter. At night, La Terraza 47 evokes Madrid nightlife with DJs spinning tunes or musicians strumming classical guitars.
For three generations, Burritos Mexican Grill's culinary team has made its authentic Mexican food the same way: with fresh ingredients free of preservatives or anything from a can. The results include the restaurant's namesake burritos, which can be filled with ingredients such as lean ground beef, philly-cheesesteak fixings, or a medley of cauliflower, broccoli, and carrot. Mexican staples such as tamales, spicy shrimp tacos, and nachos smothered in beans, melted cheese, and cilantro round out the menu, which includes copious options for vegetarian and gluten-free diners.
Succulent steaks and seafood serve as the foundation of Acapulco Mexican Restaurant’s menu—an eye-watering read that also includes descriptions of housemade salsas, cheese-smothered burritos, and combination plates and lunch specials. Such combos unite multiple popular dishes on the same plate, highlighting anything from quail to charbroiled chicken to top-sirloin steak. The restaurant also gives diners the chance to spice things up with fried ice cream, a bold dessert that proves once and for all that there’s more than one way to skin a snowman.
At Hacienda Mexican Grill & Cantina, waiters ferry zesty entrees throughout the dining room and umbrella-shaded outdoor patio. Pico de gallo and guacamole accompany shrimp and steak quesadillas, and plates of fajitas are flanked by tortillas, rice, and beans. Flan, churros, and cocktails help top off each meal.