Mesa Street Bar & Grill won an Award of Distinction in Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2006. TripAdvisors give the restaurant an average of four owl eyes, Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars, and nine Citysearchers give it a four-star average.
As the emcees of The Garden's Independence Day weekend celebration, Steve Aoki and a bevy of supporting DJs light up the upscale restaurant with an explosive display of dance beats. From 6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Independence Eve, The Garden's chefs apply their culinary expertise to the grilling of complimentary hamburgers, hot dogs, and 8-track tapes. Later, music from artists such as Bulletproof Tigers and DJ Omar Garnica fills the restaurant, bouncing off the indoor trees and the outdoor patio's billowing cloth ceiling. DJ Steve Aoki takes the stage to finish the party, pumping out house music from his tour as well as his electronica remix of "God Bless America," recently voted by Congress to be the new national anthem.
Some enticing menu creations include the acclaimed Kobe Rib-eye and New York Strip steaks, Signiture appetizer Empanada's, the 1515 original Red Chili Shrimp Soup and of course the memorable Abuelita Creme Brulee that is prepared in house.
1515 has seasonal menus and specials to provide new tastes to tempt your palate.
“El Paso,” an old song by Marty Robbins, tells the story of a man who falls in love with a Mexican girl while dancing the night away at a cantina. Unfortunately, she flirts with a handsome cowboy, who the man shoots and kills in a jealous rage. It ends like most classic Wild West tales, in a deadly shootout inside the local watering hole. The name of that tavern? Rosa’s Cantina.
Rosa’s was made famous more than 50 years ago when the chart-topping song, which eventually went on to win a Grammy, reached the airwaves. Today, patrons from all across the world venture to the neighborhood bar to check out the cold drinks, the Mexican food, and, of course, the atmosphere that inspired Marty Robbins to use the bar as the setting for his hit song.
A bright red monster truck that wears the bar’s logo and lyrics from the song stands guard in the parking lot at Rosa's. Inside, tables draped in red or blue gingham tablecloths await red baskets of chips and plates of guacamole tostadas, chicken with green chilies, and burritos stuffed with meat and doused with chili and cheese. While patrons devour these treats, they listen to live performances from local musicians who just may one day take inspiration from the bar themselves and pen a hit song or dirty limerick.
"Luscious" is the word that the El Paso Times chose to describe the Quack Quack, a Square Cow Burgers, Beer & Wine creation that combines duck confit with dried cherries, chicharrones, and blue cheese. The lobster burger was another home run, with butter and chili mixed into the patty for a taste "similar to a lobster tail dipped in clarified butter." These are just two examples of the eatery's craft burgers, which also include bison, lamb, and chicken options—all made from meats that are freshly ground onsite each day.
No matter which meat they're working with, the chefs stick to a format that works: thick, not flat, quarter-pound patties that retain savory juices and stand up to toppings such as whole pickles and homemade mayos. Chefs deep-fry burgers on request and serve them with sides such as onion rings battered with Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout. Servers fill glasses and milk bottles with 100 draft beer choices, 60 types of wine, and cocktails for patrons to sip while watching sports games or doing jumping jacks to the DJ's tracks.
Giuliana Leardini knows Italian cuisine. Born and raised in Verona, she came to the U.S. more than 30 years ago and now shares her family’s recipes with the masses as owner and head chef at Trattoria Bella Sera. The eatery's name—compiled from words meaning “homemade,” “beautiful,” and “lovely evening”—also describes the picturesque decor in its 64-seat dining room, adorned with wooden latticework, hanging vines, and a prominently displayed Italian flag. Amid the pulse of Italian music, white tablecloths populate with the menu's traditional Venetian fare, including gooey pizzas, baked pastas, and fish and veal sautéed in delicate wine sauces. During warm-weather months, guests can retreat to the 40-seat outdoor patio for paninis or stockpile house-made sausage by the foot, as Rapunzel did before her orders of Rogaine came through.