If you're not sure what to order at San Jose Mexican Restaurant, then just get the Little Bit of Everything, a platter stacked with a chalupa, chile relleno, beef taco, enchilada, burrito, rice, and beans. Presumably the restaurant created this sampler because diners find it so hard to settle on a single dish from the extensive and unexpected menu. The seafood section, for instance, has nearly 20 dishes, including potato enchiladas topped with grilled shrimp. There are about a dozen more chicken creations, including a pan-roasted breast stuffed with saut?ed vegetables and cheese. The restaurant's innovation has hardly ceased over the years: not only do they keep finding more hungry people, but they've also debuted molcajete bowls, which are hot-stone bowls filled with three meats glazed in a honey-pasilla sauce.
Recently opened near the intersection of Interstate 40 and the Raleigh Beltline, Salsarita's speedily prepares all its taqueria-style Mexican meals fresh to order before customers' eyes before garnishing them with 16 saliva-stimulating condiments, such as jalapeños, cheese, two types of beans, and three kinds of salsas. Lunchers who are sick of flashing fake IDs to score free sloppy joes at the local middle school can instead savor a Salsarita's shrimp quesadilla ($5.19–$6.59), a steak burrito ($5.19–$6.59), or a zesty taco salad ($6.59) with a flurry of toppings atop a thick bed of beef. Salsarita's also caters to vegetarians with animal-absent versions of all its entrees. And for $1.99, patrons can upgrade lonely dishes to combo status, surrounding them with edible friends like a fountain drink, salsa, and stone-ground corn chips.
Bartenders pour and mix more than 30 tequilas as chefs craft elegant Tex-Mex dishes that follow Yucatán traditions. Upscale entrees range from pan-seared duck breast with roasted poblano-mashed potatoes to marinated steak swathed in pasilla and ancho chilies in hefty quesadillas. A sea of crystals cascades down a spiral-shaped chandelier that dangles above the fully stocked bar, where Cazadores and Patrón liquors head up an extensive tequila cache. Bartenders also craft numerous specialty margaritas, enhancing sips with such ingredients as fresh lime mixers and agave nectar. Patrons can feast eyes on multiple flat-screen TVs in the dining area, or venture to an outdoor patio to construct a canopy of tortilla chips that will guard against inclement weather.
The chefs at Sol Azteca Mexican Restaurant serve up chiles poblanos, tacos, and steaks that have been praised by the News & Observer and washed down by many a margarita. Combination plates offer medleys of quesadillas, enchiladas, and burritos and sweet sopapillas seal the meal at dessert.
A cavalcade of steamy soups and toasty empanadas marches forth from La Cocina Boricua’s kitchens, where chefs douse succulent cutlets of chicken, steak, and pork with the piquant sauces that characterize Puerto Rican cuisine. The menu bursts with fresh seafood, creamy custards, and tropical plantains that strike an accord between sweet and savory as glasses filled with sangria and flavored mojitos clink in approval. Walls flecked with traditional and modern artworks add color to the restaurant's earth-toned interior, which regularly comes to life with the sounds of live salsa music or poets reading the metered cadences of Roberto Clemente's batting averages.
Creating every ingredient in-house, Baja Burrito constructs burritos and tacos California?style, which means using fresh ingredients. Carnitas, carne asada, and or chicken verde dot the menu, lined with ingredients such as homemade chipotle-cream sauce, as well as fresh-made salsa sided by housemade chips.