Lined with lively Mexican tiles, The Border's alluring front door welcomes patrons to a spacious, two-story dining fortress filled with the aroma of authentic Mexican cuisine and enough spectral colors to build several dozen rainbows. Diners seated at a table, in a brightly painted booth, or underneath one of the bar's plush stools enjoy classic dishes such as crisp tacos, hearty burritos, and sizzling fajitas. Cool sips of a margarita, some sangria, or a draft or bottled beer hydrate throats parched from proclaiming the true meaning of the framed photos and art peppering The Border's vibrant walls. When the weather isn't too frightful, guests can enjoy their comestibles outdoors on the fully shaded patio or in a partially shaded area enclosed by mural-decorated walls. The Border also hosts weekly events, including trivia on Monday and karaoke on Thursday.
Locos Grill & Pub's hearty menu tickles the tummies of patty-craving patrons with any one of its nine specialty hamburgers within the familiarity of a laid-back neighborhood setting. Diners swamped in hunger can zoom free on a blackened Bayou burger cloaked in hot sauce, armored in monterey jack, and propelled by a fan of sautéed onion ($8.99). Chorizo burgers set mouths aflame with pico de gallo and a spicy chipotle sauce ($8.99), and the El Dorado yields its treasure of bacon, egg, mayo, and cheese ($9.49). Basted with a hoisin and soy-sauce glaze, the spicy thai burger spans culture gaps, much like the first towns of the American West, on a sturdy bridge of beef ($8.99).
Natives of Hawaii and California, Howard and Anita Hsu brought more than a love of surfing with them when they moved across the country. They also transported the west coast's blend of beach culture, healthy eating, and seafood-infused Mexican fare. At the locally owned and operated Gezzo's Surf & Grille, the brother-sister team oversees a staff committed to fresh in-house ingredients free of preservatives that crafts everything from salsa to tacos filled with seasoned tilapia, tofu, grilled steak, and chicken. The restaurant also recently launched a mobile food truck to serve its fare throughout Atlanta?another parallel to Hawaiian restaurants that send surfers out to deliver fish tacos to sharks off-shore.
The chefs at Toribio's Mexican Grill & Bar specialize in traditional Mexican entrees. But the restaurant isn't just a place for dinner; it's also a nightlife hotspot. Guests can sip on 14 flavors of margaritas before trying their voice at weekly karaoke. The staff adds to the merriment by hosting giant costume parties for major holidays. But they also keep normal weekends fun by serving up buckets of beer, shots of tequila, and snapping shut every guest's biochemistry textbook upon arrival.
The name says it all?Tipico de Mexico serves up traditional Mexican cuisine in an inviting dining room and out on a breezy patio. Diners devour cheese-drowned nachos Puerto Vallarta from the broiler, juicy carne asada dinners, and combination plates hoisting three Mexican eats, such as a tostada, a tamale, and a chile relleno. To wash away any hot spices lingering in their mouths, guests can sip a frosty housemade margarita or wipe their tongues vigorously with a napkin.