Chino's Rock & Tacos pairs authentic Mexican eats with a socially conscious cooking philosophy, and serves them both in a party-minded rock 'n’ roll atmosphere. Two double-item combo plates can include crispy tacos and chimichangas that scale mountains of spanish rice with pinto beans led by chicken or beef sherpas. Mouthwatering fish tacos filled with grilled mahi-mahi, ahi tuna, or shrimp are fashioned with sustainable seafood practices, and the enchilada packs your choice of chicken, beef, or cheese into a pillowy tortilla. Popular bottled beers such as Corona wash down free chips and salsa, or supply the high notes during glass-bottle family-band showcases.
Since 1951, the chefs at Rose Caf? on the Mesa have been mixing and forming their own chorizo according to a family recipe. The sausage clings to cheese inside gooey quesadillas and spices up tortilla strips, eggs, and veggies in chilaquiles. A collection of other family recipes guides chefs as they make enchiladas with homemade tomatillo sauce and jam-packed chilies rellenos. Patrons can also order breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros all day inside the golden-hued dining room or take their meals outside to the brick-paved patio.
Frequented by guests of the adjacent Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, Las Aves Cafe strikes a perpetually rich note with its earth-toned furnishings and tall windows reliably ushering in natural light, greenery, and a view of the hotel's outdoor pool. In the kitchen, inventive chefs specialize in melding the highlights of American fare with bold Mexican flavors, creating plates both festive in presentation and on the palate. Diners converse over breakfast, lunch, or dinner while seated in the lounge area or bar area, where the sound of tall mojitos and margaritas clinking fills through the room as guests toast to the kindly staff for making them feel welcome and to their suits made out of welcome mats.
Margarita Villa's upstairs dining room showcases Mexican cuisine against expansive views of the harbor and colorful floor-to-ceiling murals portraying seaside and country life. The full bar's 18 different flavors of signature margaritas complement traditional mexican burritos and specialty plates adorned with local seafood. On select nights, diners gather beneath the high ceilings with exposed wooden beams or under cozy heat lamps on the patio to enjoy live music. The building's Spanish-tiled exterior boasts a tall tower that resembles an Old World villa or the windmill that Don Quixote used to revolutionize alternative energy in the 16th century.
Composed of 100% certified organic rice and beans, all-natural beef and chicken, and wild salmon, Sharky's menu swarms with savory Mexican delights. Without the assistance of microwave smoke, MSG mirrors, or lardy assistants, Sharky's meal magicians assemble made-to-order entrees in an open-air kitchen boasting a stone-fire oven and mesquite grill. Make hunger vanish with a fiesta burrito laden with tasty guacamole and your choice of protein accessories ($7.29), a four-cheese quesadilla with optional add-ons of chicken, steak, and tofu ($4.99+), or tostada salad loaded with vegetables to please herbivores and salsas to satisfy spiceavores ($6.49). Taco temptations include tempura battered mahi-mahi bedazzled with cabbage, cheese, pico de gallo, and creamy salsa blanca ($3.59).
Recognized by the Ventura County Star for trading hands between five generations since 1936, Familia Diaz has evolved with changing tastes to dish out classic yet modern Mexican fare. Within the historic eatery, family recipes and in-house soothsayers dictate the construction of signature tacos, burritos, fajitas, and other south-of-the-border staples. Exposed bricks, emerald vines, and exotic accents including a colorful Mexican cart feed eyes and recall the pastoral architecture in Mexico. A lounge nestled under a semicircular window, lined with mosaic tiles, sets a tropical scene for sipping signature cocktails and sampling a colossal list of tequilas. In the evenings, the glossy wooden bar blazes to life like a birthday cake for a giant sequoia under the glow of a mounted TV.