With traditional dinner and lunch menus chock-full of seafood, poultry, and meat plates, Las Alamedas quells a litany of cravings in an elegant dining room. In the fajita prime-sliced entrée ($16 for lunch; $20 for dinner), slices of mesquite-grilled beef mingle with onions and poblano peppers on a plate flanked by guacamole, pico de gallo, charro beans, and flour tortillas that can be used to smuggle bottles of hot sauce out of the restaurant. A serving of camarones Cozumel fills bellies with coconut pan-fried shrimp, a habanero and mango dipping sauce, and a side of potatoes ($18 for lunch; $24 for dinner), while the robalo chileno coats a serving of sea bass in herbs and sundried-tomato sauce ($27; dinner only). The vegetarian plate accommodates meat-free diets, slinging spinach-and-cheese enchiladas with grilled vegetables, rice, and guacamole ($15, dinner only) . Though the high ceilings and elegant arched doorways might tempt diners to stay indoors, Las Alamedas offers patio seating for those who want to breathe fresh air or make fake mustaches out of plant life.
Within the sun-baked walls of Las Ventanas, experienced chefs create an authentic Mexican culinary retreat for diners. The lunch menu touts a bevy of light soups and salads, such as the sopa las ventanas, a brothy blend of homemade chicken and tomato soup garnished with fresh avocado, sour cream, queso fresco, and tortilla strips ($6). More filling midday sustenance can fuel complex siesta dream sequences, such as tacos al carbon, two soft fajitas wrapped around chicken or beef and stuffed with guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, and charro beans ($12.50). Lasso a decadent dish off the dinner menu, such as beef tenderloin, a 7.5-ounce swatch of succulent beef marinated in a chipotle sauce with garlic and mushrooms ($26.95), or swan dive pout-first into tropical pescado al mango, featuring sautéed mahi-mahi over a rice pancake and topped with dry vermouth mango-habanero sauce ($18.95).
La Cocina’s chefs fill out its menu with house-made tortillas bulging with fresh ingredients, served in an atmosphere that calls upon its culinary influences with paintings of Mexican villages. The chicken, beef, or pork in the Carlitos Treat fajitas ($10.99) wears a crown of cheese, guac, and pico de gallo, just like the one worn by the good witch in the land of Oz. Carne Guisada, a south-of-the-border stew with Tex-Mex roots, comes with buoys of beef tips and veggies bobbing in a savory brown sauce ($8.99). Sauce infused with bacon, jalapeños, and wine bathes quail in the quail-and-fajita combo ($13.49).
Beneath the soft whirring of ceiling fans at all three Houston-area locations, chefs transform fresh ingredients into meat-centric and vegetarian Mexican dishes. Dark wooden beams hover over the sprawling, sunlit dining rooms, framing artfully plated seafood and steaks with dramatic architectural details. Spy conventions furtively crunch their nachos in private dining rooms, and visitors to the Cypress location can toast to tortillas on the outdoor patio.