Since 1951, the chefs at Rose Café on the Mesa have been mixing and forming their own chorizo according to a family recipe. The sausage clings to cheese inside gooey quesadillas and spices up tortilla strips, eggs, and veggies in chilaquiles. A collection of other family recipes guides chefs as they make flan, enchiladas, and jam-packed chilies rellenos. Patrons can also order breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros all day inside the golden-hued dining room or take their meals outside to the brick-paved patio.
Frequented by guests of the adjacent Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, Las Aves Cafe strikes a perpetually rich note with its earth-toned furnishings and tall windows reliably ushering in natural light, greenery, and a view of the hotel's outdoor pool. In the kitchen, inventive chefs specialize in melding the highlights of American fare with bold Mexican flavors, creating plates both festive in presentation and on the palate. Diners converse over breakfast, lunch, or dinner while seated in the lounge area or bar area, where the sound of tall mojitos and margaritas clinking fills through the room as guests toast to the kindly staff for making them feel welcome and to their suits made out of welcome mats.
Margarita Villa's upstairs dining room showcases Mexican cuisine against expansive views of the harbor and colorful floor-to-ceiling murals portraying seaside and country life. The full bar's 18 different flavors of signature margaritas complement traditional mexican burritos and specialty plates adorned with local seafood. On select nights, diners gather beneath the high ceilings with exposed wooden beams or under cozy heat lamps on the patio to enjoy live music. The building's Spanish-tiled exterior boasts a tall tower that resembles an Old World villa or the windmill that Don Quixote used to revolutionize alternative energy in the 16th century.