The cooks at each of El Parral Mexican Restaurant's locations follow traditional recipes to yield a menu of Mexican fare. Armed with fresh ingredients, they plate tender steak and seafood dishes and reintroduce taste buds to south-of-the-border favorites, such as tortas and burritos. Behind the bar, bartenders concoct signature margaritas and pour them into glasses rimmed with salt, like the eyelids of a sad teenage poet.
With a signature pizza size called the Monster, you’d expect Pudge Brothers Pizza to be more focused on quantity than quality. But in fact, the chefs create their signature varieties of hand-tossed pies by blending together the flavors of three sauces, a range of meats, and fresh veggies. From within sizzling ovens, chefs pull out creations such as the Jersey Girl—a pizza featuring italian sausage and green peppers—or the White Delight—a ham, chicken, and garlic-sauce combination. Pies range in size from 10 inches to 18 inches, with a range of garlic bread, wings, and cinnamon bread to fill in a meal. The shop also offers delivery service, ensuring clients can have a hot, hearty meal when time is short or when the paparazzi won’t leave their front yard.
Cold Stone's ice cream inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4 and $6, depending on size.
Hailing from Guadalajara, A Taste of Mexico's top chef prepares authentic Mexican dishes in an eatery boasting brightly hued walls, a saltwater fish tank, and a patio with sweeping mountain views. Diners can select from the menu's expansive selection of tortilla-wrapped fare, such as a pork-and-avocado burrito ($7.95) or grilled fajita chicken tacos sprinkled with special chipotle mushroom cream sauce ($10.95). Like the stealthiest food critics, house-made 007 enchiladas ($11.75) hide underneath a cloak of guacamole and fajita steak or chicken while at the table. Diners can opt for the house favorite, carne asada ($13.85), or dive into a special platter, such as camarones rancheros—strips of bacon cinching jumbo shrimp at the waist and adorned with ham, pepper jack cheese, and crab cream sauce ($14.95). A Taste of Mexico cures parched pouts with a margarita based on the chef's secret recipe ($9.95), which will only be shared if the imbiber can correctly guess the number between one and Mexico.
Tequila Joe’s, which was voted Best Mexican Restaurant and Best Margarita by the Parker Chronicle, serves up authentic Mexican eats, all accompanied by an extensive collection of spirited tequilas. Whet an appetite with the roasted jalapeños ($7) before diving into more traditional Mexican fare including burritos, chimichangas, or the highly revered chimichanga burrito. Tequila Joe’s innovative specialties include the Margarita Shrimp, served with spring vegetables ($15), and the Steak Ranchero, accompanied by beans and rice ($13).