Bejeweled sombreros hang from Tequila Sunrise’s ceiling, their gems glinting next to strands of hanging lights. In keeping with this flashy, festive atmosphere, bartenders dole out award-winning margaritas, which are blended from freshly squeezed sour mix and served in glasses that dwarf the circumference of their customers’ heads. Though Tequila Sunrise specializes in libations, it doesn’t shirk cuisine: chefs sauté fresh seafood in Mexican spices and drizzle tender chunks of meat with homemade sauces. Their dedication to high-quality, fresh ingredients helped earn the eatery its spot as one of 2011’s best Mexican restaurants in South Florida, a poll determined by Local 10 viewers and one guacamole-obsessed Magic 8 ball.
Cancun Mexican Grill throws sensory fiestas for taste buds of all shapes and saliva-levels. Delectable edibles range from Mexican specialties, such as meaty chimichangas ($9.95), to traditional Spanish dishes, such as palomilla, which pairs grilled skirt steak with onions, cilantro, and mojo aside black beans and fried plantains ($9.95). To sate dulce-teeth, Cancun Mexican Grill also outputs desserts, including deep-fried ice cream ($3.95) and apple burritos ($6.95). Likewise, sweet and fruity margaritas can arrive tableside in small ($7.95) or 46-ounce ($13.95) glasses. The Cancun Mexican Grill's signature Cran margarita—Don Julio Anejo tequila, cranberry juice, and sweet and sour mix—is a fitting companion during live music performances, which blow through the restaurant on select Fridays and Saturdays.
Native Mexican and owner Juan Rodriguez serves a bevy of authentic stomach-stuffers to Floridian feasters with the help of an attentive service staff. Savvy snackers bombard embedded taste buds and online Scrabble nemeses with first-course forkfuls of tostadas de ceviche, shrimp, pico de gallo, and avocado seasoned with fresh lime juice on a flat, fried tortilla ($7.95). Hungry diners gladly muscle through main courses such as the hot and spicy burrito, topped with beef tips and Orale sauce ($10.95), or sizzling trios of marinated pork-filled tacos de carnitas ($9.59). The pollo de poncho features fiery chorizo sausage plucked directly from Florida’s finest encased-meat groves and spread across a grilled chicken breast with rice, beans, and three tortillas ($11.95). Finish off satiation symphonies with a cooling crescendo of fried ice cream ($3.99) or an order of fried churros ($3.50).
Paquito's Mexican Restaurant entertains taste buds with a broad menu of dishes that follow family recipes that won the Best Taco award from the Miami New Times in 2009. Twosomes design outfits for tortilla chips, stylishly jacketing them with guacamole dip made from freshly mashed avocados and spices or disguising them beneath the Paquito's nachos' chorizo and sour cream. A handful of entrees take their inspiration from the chef's grandmother, including the banderilla de carne, a pair of charbroiled fillets skewered with bacon and mushrooms before being tossed through fires by an Olympic javelin thrower. Seafood lovers sing the praises of the Ixtapa-style jumbo shrimp marinated in garlic and simmered in tomato sauce with olives and capers. Patrons share desserts including deep-fried vanilla ice cream, which creates a more refreshing combination of hot and cold than a lemonade stand in a sauna.
Sabor Latino packs the Incan, Spanish, African, and Asian flavors that influence Peruvian cuisine into a menu of traditional dishes. Plates of fresh ceviche cure pieces of fish, shrimp, or black mussels in lime juice with a mixture of vegetables, and causas stack grilled octopus and other meats between mashed-potato patties. Heartier fare includes lomo saltado, tender skirt steak sautéed with tomatoes and cilantro, as well as corvine a la criolla, a breaded sea bass topped with a salsa of fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime. The cozy restaurant creates an intimate atmosphere as patrons sit around small white-clothed tables. A wrought-iron fence surrounds the brick and stone patio, where guests enjoy refreshing breezes and views of the nearby lake.