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.
Many of the menu's dishes infuse traditional Mexican fare with American flavors. Loco fries come smothered with homemade cheese sauce, pico de gallo, jalapeños, sour cream, and shredded cheese ($6.99, add $1 for beef or chicken). Margarita's famously fresh fajitas are served with rice, beans, tortillas, and salad and pack a meaty punch from marinated steak or chicken ($9.99) or the Cozumel's medley of steak, chicken, shrimp, chorizo and pineapples ($15.99). Chow on chimichangas ($9.99–$13.99), quesadillas ($6.99–$11.99), enchiladas ($11.99–$13.99), burritos ($9.99–$12.99), carne asada ($9.99), and vegetarian combinations ($9.99). Or build your own burger ($6.99) by choosing a beef, chicken, or turkey base and arming it with exotic toppings ($1 each).
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.
The regulars at Maya Mexican Restaurant know a thing or two about good Mexican food?some of them own or work at Mexican restaurants themselves. At this taqueria, they enjoy spicy plates of chorizo, tacos stuffed with tripe or tongue, and tortas stuffed with fixings. In addition to other entrees such as pozole and gorditas, signature Caribbean dishes such as tostones and rarroz con ganules round out the menu. Imported beers make for jovial meals that remind guests of the last time they travelled south of the border, or last week when they also ate here.
Citysearchers give Cactus Pear's Jefferson location a 3.5-star average. Nine Yelpers give the Jefferson location an average of three stars, while seven more Yelpers give the restaurant's Kenwood location an identical three-star rating. Seventy-eight percent of 119 Urbanspooners recommend the Cactus Pear on Jefferson, and 76% of 135 additional Urbanspooners like the Kenwood bistro.
Rincon Mexicano's resident tortilla technicians channel family recipes to bolster a menu of authentic Mexican dishes. Tune-up appetites with a prelude of house salsa or salsa verde before unlocking clenched jaws with the proper password⎯MichaelJordan&Baseball⎯to imbibe the burrito mexicano, which snuggles pork and vegetables in a flour-tortilla sleeping bag blanketed with cheese sauce. Chefs employ the aid of tender chicken breast smothered in house-made mole sauce to construct mole poblano, while seafood tacos unite shrimp and tilapia, affording diners the privilege of sampling seafaring flavors without the hassle of stealing a mermaid's lunchbox. Diners can enjoy their meals tucked cozily into dark-stained high-backed booths surrounding the original artwork that adorns the golden stucco walls.