Pastoral services take place daily at the nonprofit Café El Meson, which provides literature and camaraderie in order to bridge the gap between Christian religious practice and daily life. Beyond a nook containing the sandwich counter and the espresso machine, wood tables spread out under an A-frame ceiling, and armchairs cozy up to a fireplace. Visitors sup on the El Meson sandwich, a ham, turkey, and pepper-jack shindig held on a focaccia-bread dance floor, and they imbibe blended drinks flavored with mango, peach, and other fruit flavors. Musical instruments displayed near the entrance evince a commitment to creative collaboration, and a gurgling fountain on the patio reveals what regular speech therapy can do for a puddle.
Carnitas Don Rafa's owner Rafael Vega transforms the knowledge he inherited from his father, a butcher turned restaurateur, into a menu of homestyle Mexican fare. Staffers lovingly stuff tortillas and tortas with a variety of proteins, including carne asada, milanesa, or the house specialty, the eponymous carnitas, made from a family recipe. A parking lot next door keeps faithful chariots and dune buggies safe as patrons pick up their doggie bags.
PRP Wine International backs up its name by stocking more than 200 different wines from around the globe. A team of vino connoisseurs showcases the shop's international selection during in-home wine tastings and wine-tasting events, held in local hotels, warehouses, and deep-sea bunkers. Personalized wine labels and etched wine glasses and bottles can complement newly discovered wines.
Maddanthony's Bar & Grill sports a newly renovated 6,000 square feet of lounging space with plasma televisions. Waiters pile plates with food from sister restaurant LaCoco's Pizza & Pasta next door and pour suds until 4 a.m. Sunday–Friday, 5 a.m. on Saturdays, and forever during a time warp. Karaoke enthusiasts belt tunes on Tuesday nights and guests with dance fever hustle onto the dance-floor Wednesday–Saturday nights with a live DJ spinning the most current tunes. The bar maintains a young, energetic vibe with abundant events and eats, hosting nights centered around UFC matchups, boxing tournaments, and high-octane city-council meetings.
For more than 26 years, the LaCoco family has piled crusts with fresh toppings and served house-made italian ice and sandwiches. Beginning with thin, pan, or deep-dish crusts and 19 toppings, LaCoco's pie tossers craft all manner of regional pizza styles, including gourmet specialty pizzas that bury nontraditional toppings in melted cheese, such as the BLT or buffalo-chicken pizza. LaCoco's recently-added large dining room better hosts larger parties and standard-issue pizza launchers. For off-site occasions, the restaurant proffers a catering menu of hearty Italian entrees.
To call Machetes' quesadillas "big" is almost an understatement. After all, these "machete-looking" quesadillas measure in at 20 inches. The list of flavor options is huge too: diners can opt for shredded chicken in chipotle, chorizo with potatoes, or pressed pork rinds in red or green sauce, just to name a few. And vegetarians will find more than just a standard cheese option, with meat-free fillings like squash blossoms, poblano peppers, and maize mushrooms.