Meals at El Nortenos Restaurant begin with a complimentary serving of chips and salsa, whetting appetites for the authentic dishes being prepared in the kitchen. Chefs capture the flavors of Mexico in creations such as chiles poblanos, grilled steaks, and enchiladas, while bartenders pour glasses of ice-cold margaritas, daiquiris, and draft beer. Fajitas deliver Tex-Mex taste in a tortilla envelope, and the shrimp cocktail dazzles palates with the bold flavors of cilantro, tomatoes, onions, pepper, and guacamole.
A mural of a skateboarder towers over Burrito Boarder's outdoor patio, reflecting the restaurant's fusion of freshly made Mexican fare with boarding culture. Inside, skateboards hang from the ceiling as cooks kick flip into an open prep area and customize Mexican favorites using organic and hormone-free ingredients. Guests draw up a blueprint for their entrees, starting with a style, such as a Burrito Bomb or a salad bowl, before constructing an edible edifice from fillings that include carne asada and achiote-marinated mahi-mahi. In addition to the quick-order fare—which also includes dips and soups—the kitchen serves up imported sodas and specialty beers.
The restaurant's dining area harmonizes with the kitchen's eco-friendly practices, surrounding visitors with reclaimed and recycled materials, making it more environmentally responsible than most animals, which are made of all new materials. Additionally, all of Burrito Boarder's cutlery is stamped from 100% corn-based materials, making it biodegradable.
El Zarape Mexican Restaurant sates cravings for bold, spicy flavors all week long with homemade fajitas, seafood, and desserts. The kitchen refuels empty stomachs with hearty burritos, taco salads, and vegetarian quesadillas. Rice and refried beans complement meals and bartenders blend sangrias and margaritas according to Zarape’s own recipes, discovered by playing Jimmy Buffet cassettes backward.
Springing from the mindparts of CEO and founder John Kunkel, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill combines the tasty flavor of Mexican fare with a dedication to healthy eating and responsible food sourcing. After cutting its teeth in the mean streets of Miami's South Beach, Lime Fresh spread its delicious message across the country, stuffing organic beans, colorful veggies, homemade salsas, and humanely raised meats into tortillas made from non-genetically-modified corn and flour. Chefs grill quesadillas, roll burritos, and sizzle fajitas before customers' eyes, and they can easily convert each item on the menu into a vegetarian-friendly feast or a makeshift futon. As guests content themselves with mouthfuls of flavorful tacos, fresh salads, and cheesy scoops of nachos, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill's dedicated staff works hard behind the scenes to build strong community relationships through contributions to local charities and nonprofits.
The chefs and staff of Maria Bonita are eager to share. They want to introduce others to the flavors of Mexico and Cuba and the passion they have for fresh ingredients. Luckily, most visitors don't take much convincing. Cuervo and Patron tequilas swirl with amaretto, Grand Marnier, brandy, and fruit to create more than ten different margaritas, all of which are kept cool with ice, which is flavorless. The lineup of cervezas complement their signature queso fundido or fajitas fabulosas. Cuban entrees sail to tables alongside yuca, sweet plantains, or tostones, which take a supporting role to slow-roasted, marinated pork, stewed and shredded flank steak, or grilled fish topped with caramelized onions. The restaurant also serves Churrasco, Parrillada, and Mofongo dishes.
Within the confines of the recently renovated Chico's Dirty Tacos & Tequila, diners peruse executive chef Chris Sterna’s menu of Mexican specialties, all of which he flavors with tequila-based sauces. Sterna’s predisposition toward the Mexican liquor carries over onto the drink menu, where 63 tequilas and 244 shots await to lubricate palates and leave worms homeless.