Tijuana Taxi Co. invites guests to experience Mexico's vibrant spirit with hearty cuisine and frosty beverages. The extensive menu features a variety of Mexican and Tex-Mex classics, including carne asada enchiladas, shrimp fajitas, and mahi-mahi tacos spiced with chipotle mayo.The menu also incorporates a bit of international flair into some dishes. Miso-glazed salmon embraces trans-Pacific flavors, while the homemade madeira sauce spooned over the house-favorite chicken nods to more European culinary traditions. Drinks, however, skew firmly south-of-the-border, with options like margaritas, Coronas, and Dos XX.
The celebratory atmosphere is further emphasized by the colorful decor at Tijuana Taxi Co.'s stateside outposts. The dining rooms are decorated like cheerful cantinas, complete with colorful woodwork, vintage-style posters, and twinkling lights. UFC fights are aired on certain nights, and guests can also take advantage of an outdoor patio.
In the contemporary dining room, spherical lanterns hang from silvery ceiling tiles and cast gentle glow down on curvaceous wooden chairs. Purple and pale green stools add splashes of color to the bar, where empty glasses fill with frothy beer and wine to hold over patrons as they peruse the menu of Indian favorites.
When creating their northern Mughlai–style recipes and traditional South Indian dishes, the chefs at Chutney & Pickle strive to use local seafood, free-range chicken, and local, organic produce whenever possible. Kebabs of steak and salmon marinate in ginger, garlic, and masala, then bathe in the smoke of a traditional tandoor oven. Biryani rice dishes present flavors of mint, bay leaves, black cardamom, and onion, and paneer dishes serve up comfort in the form of homemade cheese. The menu also features a full vegan section, which, unlike the other sections, was originally written in pencil rather than squid ink.
The grilled cheese is the most basic sandwich: two slices of buttered bread and a few slices of melted cheese in the middle. Yet, the chefs at A'Dam Good Bar & Grill'd make it sing—using this simple template as a springboard, rather than a static recipe. The result is a selection of 10 gourmet grilled-cheese sandwiches that incorporate ingredients such as teriyaki glaze, grilled bratwurst, or wilted garlic-spinach.
The restaurant also offers three skinny sandwiches, which pack veggies, lean meats, and low-fat cheeses between slices of low-calorie bread. To quell an insatiable appetite, diners can take up the A'Dam Good Challenge, which dares them to consume 5 pounds of meat, cheese, bread, cole slaw, and french fries without leaving the table or using their second mouth. Those who conquer the hearty platter receive a T-shirt and their picture on the restaurant's Wall-O-Fame.
Lauded by the Sun Sentinel for its “expert sushi with eye candy presentations” and its “nice medley of cuisines,” Red Ginger Asian Bistro presents several star Asian cuisines. Chinese classics such as egg drop soup, moo goo gai pan, and moo shu pork mingle on a menu with Thai fare including red-curry shrimp and thai beef salad. The staff also prepares Japanese-inspired food, curating selections from the sushi bar such as unagi sashimi, shrimp-tempura rolls, and Sexy tuna rolls packed with white tuna, cucumber, asparagus, and the power to make people stare at them with mouths agape. Even drinks from the bar run the geographic gamut, from hot and cold sake to lychee martinis and Asian, European, and North American beers.
Indecision is a virtue at CG Burgers. It gives diners more time to peruse the menu of build-your-own burgers and design a mental blueprint of the perfect meal. The patties of certified Angus beef, all-natural turkey, or bison begin as blank canvases before diners adorn them with as many as 17 complimentary toppings and condiments. The cooks can also load down burgers with 15 premium fixings, such as avocado or a tiny gold crown. Made using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, the menu of all-American classics also distinguishes itself by including a vegetarian burger patty, zucchini fries, and silken gelato milk shakes. Even the fire-roasted wings present a bit of a spin on the original: they may arrive in a traditional buffalo sauce or glazed with a mixture of olive oil, garlic, herbs, and crushed red peppers.
Salsa Fiesta is where fast-casual convenience meets a five-star dining experience. The self-described "Urban Mex Grill" specializes in exactly that: tortas, tacos, burritos, and homemade salsas with a creatively urban edge. And while many of these foods may appear familiar to fans of Mexican cuisine, it's what's inside them that counts. Salsa Fiesta uses only all-natural steak, chicken, and pork in every meat-based dish, and the restaurant's many vegetarian options are grown naturally. Here, every dish has a story; when ordering nachos, you might discover that "Nacho" was actually the nickname for Ignacio, the man who invented nachos by accidentally spilling cheese on his favorite meal of plain chips.