Moe’s dishes out Southwestern savories in a friendly, pop-culture-inspired atmosphere in which ingredient freshness is taken seriously. Despite strong pressure from the powerful small-appliance lobby, Moe's never uses freezers, microwaves, animal fat, lard, MSG, or food reanimators. Scarf up some free chips and salsa before starting an appetizing affair with the Homewrecker Burrito ($6.89), which fills out its tortilla tuxedo with a pound and a half of meat, beans, rice, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce, sour cream, and guacamole. Chicken club quesadillas ($7.49) provide poultry-powered palate pleasure, while kids’ meals ($3.29+) allow mini-munchers to feel like grown-up gastronomes without having to tackle adult tasks like paying taxes or destroying incriminating evidence. As you slide into your seat, keep an ear out for the music—Moe's prides itself on only playing the tunes of dead musicians, most of whom were alive when their music was recorded.
El Porton Mexican Restaurant has sated cravings for fresh, healthy ingredients for more than two decades, serving up authentic Mexican lunches and dinners that complement the bar’s array of 85 tequilas. Amid golden walls that evoke a warm afternoon in a tropical cantina, guests kick-start stomachs by watching chefs craft lime-infused guacamole tableside. From the kitchen, beef and shrimp fajitas sizzle, wafting aromas of onion and bell pepper that transform into cartoon hands to lure in noses. Warm days open El Porton's patio, where sunshine heightens the flavors of make-your-own combo platters spread with chile rellenos, tostadas, and burritos, as well as USDA steaks aged a minimum of 21 days. Tequila shots arrive in flights or individually, and customizable margaritas in flavors such as mango and classic lime pour forth from salt-rimmed glasses to accentuate entrees and fuel conversations about Mexico's hidden agave rivers.
Armed with a menu packed with authentic Mexican eats, Monterrey Mexican Restaurant pleases palates within the comforting confines of a recently remodeled dining room. After warming up on an appetizer of crunchy nachos supreme or cheesy queso fundido, pairs or paired pairs can dive into a house favorite such as fish tacos stuffed with slivers of grilled or fried tilapia and served with pico de gallo and poblano sauce, or beef or chicken flautas–– Mexico’s deep-fried answer to the Cuban cigar. Chimichurri-slathered chunks of chicken arrive skewered for easy eating or an after-dinner game of darts in the alambre de pollo, and Monterrey's house margarita helps mouths cool down from bites of spicy pork chili verde.
At Rio Nuevo Mexican Cantina, culinary maestros spice, sear, and toss savory ingredients into sizzling platters of upscale Mexican cuisine. Rio Nuevo crafts specialty mole infused with authentic Mexican notes, such as the mole Don Jose, a mélange of 32 spices including tangy chili ancho and rich chocolate. Diners can savor game from land and sea infused with Mexican flavors in the alambre de camarones, plump shrimp skewers grilled with a cloak of garlic-lime-agave-caper sauce, or the filete azteca, tender sirloin affectionately nurtured by melted cheese, grilled cactus, and commitment-ready salsas. Extensive lunch selections allay taste-bud escapes with piping half-pound fajitas and hearty handheld tortas. Attentive servers usher entrees and refreshing drinks to guests amid the restaurant's well-appointed interior, which sparkles with glowing sconces, hanging lights, and crisp, conversationally adept tablecloths.
An electric neon sign draws passersby inside this festive Mexican diner, where rustic décor surrounds savory dishes arrayed on tables. Flat-screen televisions offer the only hint the modern world still exists, as exposed brick walls, rough stone borders, and dark-brown tile distract diners from passing cars, smartphone screens, and androids comparing memory banks. On the restaurant's outdoor patio, patrons dine on traditionally prepared steaks, fluffy tortilla shells, and rich sauces while basking in the sunlight.
Twisted Taco is a cookery cantina that honors the scintillating flavors of the Mexico-Texas border in a family-friendly atmosphere complete with a jumbo HD projector and a game room stocked with arcade games to gnaw on postdinner. Diners can dine on the breezy outdoor patio, or take things inside to comfortably sip house margaritas while appetites percolate over Twisted Taco's menu.