Take a moment to feel the tortillas when they arrive on your table at Mercado Juarez Cafe—the soft, handmade wraps are still warm from the griddle. So it's no surprise that these freshly made flour tortillas serve as a base for the menu's selection of mesquite-grilled meats, crisp vegetables, and fiery salsas. These foods are prepared fresh in the kitchen, where skilled chefs extend their culinary expertise to a variety of traditional Mexican dishes, from plump beef burritos to crispy chicken flautas. To craft their signature steak divorciado, they charbroil a 16-ounce steak before drenching the meat in smoky chipotle and flavorful poblano sauce. Meanwhile, behind the bar, servers blend frozen margaritas and uncap cold bottles of imported Mexican beers. After meals, customers can purchase entire cases of the restaurant's signature salsa to share with their friends or serve with the world's largest chip.
The flavorful sauces, marinades, and spice blends made fresh every day transform pieces of meat and piles of rice into classic Mexican meals at Habaneros Grill and Cantina. Anchiote sauce spreads across grilled pork chops and tomatillo sauce joins hand-rolled tamales. Chefs fill empty spaces on plates with pico de gallo and cilantro- and lime-infused rice. The menu doesn't leave out favorites such as tacos and fajitas while highlighting eclectic shrimp dishes, including bacon-wrapped shrimp and grilled shrimp-stuffed avocados. Additionally, a special catering menu supersizes dishes for gatherings that celebrate birthdays and national nacho cheese month.
The aroma of meat cooking in a pot of thick, flavorful broth once filled Chalio’s grandparents’ kitchen in Mexico. Though he was just a child at the time, that aroma never left his head. When he immigrated to the United States half a century later, he took with him the recipe for his grandparents’ birria—an heirloom that dates back to the 1800s. Shortly after he began selling that delicious birria in his backyard, word got out and hoards of people began showing up each weekend for a taste.
Sensing an opportunity, Chalio took his business to the next level and opened Chalio Mexican Restaurant. Today, alongside the ever-popular birria, the eatery serves Mexican staples such as chopped asada and pico de gallo in homestyle tortillas. Tacos, burritos, and enchiladas have all staked out a presence on the lunch and dinner menus, and a breakfast menu of huevos rancheros and mexican omelets fuels guests before a long morning spent walking the family piñata around the block.