Begun by the Fuentes family, who traces their culinary roots to La Piedad, Mexico, El Toro Mexican Restaurant serves up time-tested Mexican dishes that range from tamales and chiles poblanos to chimichangas stuffed with beef tips. Their peppery fajitas can be made either with beef or with selections from the seafood menu, such as a combo of shrimp, crab, and tilapia. Patrons wash down their spicy medleys with drinks that include Dos Equis beer and specialty margaritas such as the Margarona, which adds Corona and acapella renditions of "My Sharona" to the classic beverage. The eatery surrounds its appetite-satisfying food with a similarly bright atmosphere, allowing diners to tear into burritos and tostadas amid sunny-yellow walls and colorful murals.
Though the family-oriented grill's atmosphere mostly recalls a comfy Mexican restaurant (down to the homemade chips and salsa greeting you at the table), the menu touts tastes from across the globe. Try the signature Hawaiian-style ribs ($13.99 half order, $24.99 whole) marinated and grilled in a secret-recipe Jack Daniel’s barbecue sauce, or take a Bavarian turn with the mett-n-kraut ($12.99), a German-style minced pork with sauerkraut on rye bread. Otherwise, opt for something more Italian such as the homemade meat or vegetarian lasagna ($12.99). Classic Tostado's burgers ($8.49) with your choice of toppings (including mushrooms, bacon, barbecue, and Swiss, Provolone, or American cheese) and reubens ($8.99) bring the around-the-world menu back home. True to its name, though, Tostado’s also serves up Mexican dishes that range from familiar burritos ($9.99–$11.99, depending on filling) and quesadillas ($9.99–$11.99) to the creative Mexican hot dog ($6.99), which comes with sour cream, mustard, and pico de gallo.
Patrick Bowling and John Kimzey conspire with nearby farmers to concoct the locally sourced dishes—all imaginative interpretations of Latin fare—that populate Poco a Poco’s brunch and dinner menus. Dinner entrees include “The” cheeseburger ($14), which upgrades a classic formula by fashioning a heaping, house-ground beef patty in tomato confit, grilled onions, and aromatic Thai basil and mint. The pork-belly-laden puerco tacos ($9) arrive at tables accompanied by helpings of slaw and lime crema made at home, like counterfeit money, and the vegetales tacos ($9) fill herbivorious bellies. Though not included in this Groupon, the chef’s specialty is a whole roasted suckling pig, large enough to feed up to 22 people and perfect for extended-family gatherings or settling a tied soccer match with a suckling-pig-eating contest.
Anita's Mexican Bar & Grill creates memorable dining experiences. It's a casual, comfortable place to go out with kids for dinner, to share a pitcher of margaritas, or to grab a beer and watch a game. The menu is packed with quesadillas, tacos, nachos, and other Mexican specialties. As for the family-friendly part, the eatery offers a kids menu with mini nachos, quesadilla or burrito plates, as well as hamburgers and chicken tenders. In the cantina, televisions are always playing sporting events and the bar is stocked with domestic and Mexican beers such as Dos Equis and Carta Blanca. An expansive, shaded patio lures diners away from the television and outside, where the margaritas taste just as delicious.
When polling fans of La Mexicana Restaurant, a few words show up again and again. "Authentic" is one; "fresh" is another; "delicious" shows up a lot. It's not surprising?eschewing a busy decorating scheme and comically sized margarita glasses for a simple focus on high-quality meals, La Mexicana is the subject of many local conversations. Dishes include classics from tacos and burritos to quesadillas and flautas, and the cargo clasped between corn tortillas include goat, pork, beef, beef tongue, and tripe. Toppings often spotlight cilantro, onions, and house-blended tomatillo salsa, and sides feature refried beans, rice, and guacamole. Diners can round out the meals with homemade margaritas and finish on a sweet note with flan, while others go through a wormhole in the kitchen so they can travel back in time and enjoy their entrees all over again.
Willie's is a neighborhood eatery dedicated to classic American menu items, with a bevy of comfy-as-a-favorite-flannel appetizers and pub grub such as burgers, pizza, sandwiches, salads, wraps, and more. Adventurous appetites, however, will uncover exotic flavors sprinkled amongst the chicken stir fry ($12.95); the half-pound southwest burger ($8.95) smothered in Monterey Jack and cheddar, barbecue sauce, and pico de gallo; the tropical topical Hawaiian chicken sandwich ($8.95); and ethereal delicacies known as "wings" ($4.95–$11.95). Bulk up for the season's mixed martial shuffleboarding tournaments with the Monte Cristo sandwich ($8.95), a hearty helping of turkey, ham, and swiss in egg-battered bread that's deep-fried and served with powdered sugar and a strawberry jam session. Willie's has also tailored a summer menu meant to be enjoyed on its sunny outdoor patio, along with a slenderizing, sundress-flattering lighter side menu, where all meals are less than 500 calories.