La Frontera has filled its menu with classic Mexican dishes, such as a family recipe for beef picadillo, since its founding in 1985. Huevos rancheros and chorizo burritos grace the breakfast menu, and flautas join traditional and soft nachos at lunchtime. Carne guisada, tostadas, and tacos crown dinner plates alongside rice, beans, and salad, and paletas (Mexican popsicles) in flavors such as watermelon and coconut join buñuelos for dessert. La Frontera also serves American dishes, such as cheeseburgers and cheese fries, amid the dining room's inlaid ceramic tile and Coca-Cola ephemera, such as vintage bottles, cans, tins, and free-floating carbonation bubbles.
La Fiesta Grande's chefs populate a colossal menu with authentic south-of-the-border dishes, earning their eatery a top-five spot in CityVoter's Best Mexican Restaurant 2009. Beef, chicken, or shrimp conductors direct the steaming fajita skillet's sizzling ballad, soothing appetites and inspiring star-crossed veggies, guacamole, and pico de gallo to fall in love with teeth (beef or chicken $10.99, beef and chicken $11.99, shrimp $14.99, trio platter $13.99). Sic seafaring chompers on the baja crispy fish tacos' triumvirate of tortilla-breaded ocean dwellers, reigning over swells of house-made baja sauce ($10.99). Meanwhile, a dollop of sour cream as fluffy as a pillow stuffed with cumulus clouds tops the spinach enchilada platter's cheesy trio of vitamin-packed cylinders ($8.99).
The grillmasters at GJ's pursue palates with a menu that bursts at the seams with mouthwatering Mexican dishes, American classics, and breakfast that's served all day. The eatery's seven burrito selections, which include the brisket ($3.29) and verde chili ($2.29), transport diners to the guacamole-paved streets of Acapulco, and GJ's burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion ($5.99) serves as edible ammo against bellowing hunger pains. For a brawny breakfast, occupy your mandibles with biscuits and gravy ($2.99) or fluffy pancakes with crispy bacon ($3.99)––guaranteed to win over tasters or they get their money back. The tot-sized chicken strips from the kids' menu ($4.59) mute children's mouths before they ask strangers awkward questions about their stock portfolios. Diners can celebrate a savory meal with a slice of New York–style cheesecake ($3.49) inside GJ's cozy confines or drive around and ask for their treats to go at the convenient drive-thru.
Despite the adage that warns against messing with Texas, Jaime and Alicia Santillan had no problem giving Tex-Mex cuisine the cold shoulder when they opened Los Braceros Mexican Bar & Grill. The couple amassed dishes from their home country into a menu that has since won praise from Amarillo Magazine for its unflagging devotion to authentic Mexican food.
When he’s not strolling around the dining room, making sure customers are enjoying their food and wearing matching socks, Jaime supervises his kitchen staff as they prep plenty of tacos, enchiladas, tamales, and seafood entrees. The restaurant's grill often sizzles with the signature parrillada platter: your choice of three meats, from lamb chops to chicken, served with sides of rice, beans, and guacamole. It also roasts more obscure south-of-the-border meals, such as codorniz, a 2- to 6-ounce marinated quail, and Mexican-style ribs.
The restaurant, which is housed in a restored Route 66 building, stocks an impressive supply of tequila to augment its spicy eats. Patrons can sip on fiery samples or order beer from the full bar, which provides seating for live musical shows on Fridays and Saturdays.
Under the hands of a chef with 30 years of experience, the classic Mexican and American dishes at Ferndando’s become a flavorful meal for all ages. While kids can try out their taste buds with the introductory Mexican flavors in the taco with beans and rice or the mini-quesadilla, adults can test out their spice tolerance with the ten flavors of salsa on the hot sauce bar. These sauces can be drizzled over everything from the burritos layered inside two eight-inch tortillas or the house’s spicy seafood dishes such as shrimp cooked in pico de gallo. Outside traditional entrees, the chefs also cook sirloin steaks accented with jalapenos and American classics such as fried chicken and hamburgers.