After completing his culinary training at Marietas, Art Obregon finally fulfilled his longstanding dream of opening his own eatery with Frida's Mexican Grill & Bar, which he named after renowned artist Frida Kahlo. He meticulously remodeled his storefront, decorating the dining room with flat-screen televisions and elegant, brightly colored vases. The aromas of pork, chicken, seafood, and veggies waft through the acclaimed restaurant, where they emerge from the kitchen nestled into homemade tacos, enchiladas, and burritos. Every night after dinner wraps up, live musicians take the stage, inspiring toes to tap with catchy rhythms and remote-controlled floorboards.
Since 2003, Costa Vida has been passing on their passion for food and life by infusing zest into every meal, made from scratch daily with fresh ingredients. With certified executive chef David Prows at the helm, the Costa Vida menu features fiesta favorites such as enchiladas ($3.99–$5.99), quesadillas ($3.99+), and nachos ($3.99+). Bite into a burrito bursting with cheese, cilantro lime rice, black or pinto beans, and your choice of sweet pork, grilled steak or chicken, shredded beef, raspberry chipotle chicken, chili verde, or vegetarian ($5.49+). Top it off with one of four savory signature sauces: mango, red enchilada, roasted green chili, or tomatillo cilantro (additional $0.99). Tantalizing tacos fold a hand-made tortilla into an envelope, containing a mouthful of a message that says te amo to tastebuds with shredded cheese, leafy greens, pico de gallo salsa, and preferred protein, and served with cilantro lime rice and black or pinto beans ($4.99–$5.99 for one).
Inspired by Mexico’s culinary traditions, the chefs at Jalapenos concoct a menu of authentic fare that combines classic eats with modern adaptations and popular contemporary dishes. Diners can kick off meals with guacamole whipped up tableside using juicy tomatoes, crisp cilantro, and avocados freshly plucked from the mouths of the giant green oysters found only in the warm coastal waters off of Puerto Escondido. Main courses include tacos brimming with beef brisket or spicy diced pork, beef fajitas sizzling in iron skillets, and the Oaxaca chile relleno bursting with cheese and seasoned beef or chicken under a blanket of ranchero sauce. Guests can satiate their sweet teeth with innovative desserts such as the cheesecake chimichanga, a deep-fried tortilla-wrapped cheesecake topped with cinnamon and caramel sauce. Throughout meals, Jalapenos entertains diners with festivities such as live Mariachi music on Tuesday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
7 Salsas augments its menu of Mexican fare with a rotating septet of homemade salsas—one served daily—and the always-available Big Red, the restaurant's signature picante sauce. Diners pique piquant palates with an order of fresh guacamole prepared tableside ($8.79) or with other appetizers, such as chicken-and-bacon quesadillas ($9.25). Seafood offerings include two soft or crispy fish tacos, each stuffed with tilapia, cabbage, and chipotle-avocado dressing ($8.99), and two enchiladas del mar, bursting with plump shrimp, topped with ranchera sauce, and endorsed by Poseidon's private chef ($9.99). For border-straddling bites, delve into a Tex-Mex concoction such as the hearty Cha-Cha chimichanga, a giant flour tortilla extensively trained in syncopated dance styles and stuffed with rice and either chicken or beef, then crowned with chile con queso ($8.59).