Cilantro Tamales blends authentic Mexican recipes with creative, modern touches to make its menu of entrees, appetizers, salads, and sides. Circle taste wagons around three varietals of tamales, all made fresh in-house, or clamp jaw joints around Cilantro's selection of enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, chimichangas, and fajitas. An offering from the dessert menu makes a sweet, crispy mealcap, and is preferable to ending the meal with a excessive bout of screeching.
The culinary artisans at Bajio Mexican Grill assemble fresh ingredients to craft flavorful, authentic fare inspired by the Bajío region of Mexico. Fresh, handmade tortillas wrap slow-cooked meat in the sweet pork burrito ($8.49), a warm packet of flavor more comforting than a pillow-top mattress softly cooing lullabies. Pineapple and shrimp cha-cha in a pan of honey butter before joining greens and cheese to compose the pineapple-shrimp salad ($8.99), and the grilled mesquite-lime-chicken enchilada platter lazes in freshly made sauce ($5.29 for one; $7.49 for two) as crispy chips sun themselves nearby. For simpler feasts from south of the border, mouths can dive, sink, or somersault into quesadilla platters ($7.99) or savory shrimp taco platters ($6.29 for one; $8.99 for two).
Family owned and operated, Perico's serves up Mexican favorites alongside classic American edibles in a family-friendly atmosphere. Tongue-peruse the menu's offerings, which include tacos, burritos, sandwiches, burgers, and wings . Start a dinner dissertation with a melty thesis statement of shrimp poppers, which mingle shrimp with mild white cheese and green chilies ($9.99), or saunter over to saucier pastures with the enchilada dinner, which blankets two beef, chicken, bean, or cheese enchiladas with melted cheese and tucks them into a downy bed of refried beans and rice ($8.99). With a full bar and live music, Perico's sates all senses and keeps warring factions of tongue and ear buds from spilling onto jalapeño-poppered streets.
Inside La Terraza 47’s dining room, walls with faux windows, shutters, and flowerboxes recreate the feeling of sitting in a Spanish courtyard. Underneath strings of twinkling lights, servers deliver homemade chicken croquettes and sesame-crusted ahi tuna in tapas-sized dishes. Heartier appetites can attack beef enchiladas or a new york strip flavored with garlic or spanish herb butter. At night, La Terraza 47 evokes Madrid nightlife with DJs spinning tunes or musicians strumming classical guitars.
Under the direction of chef-owner Roddy Domacassé, a Puerto Rican native, Restaurant Sabor features a seasonal menu of creative New American dishes sprinkled with traditional favorites from Chef Roddy's childhood. Jump-start your meal engine by passing around an order of halloumi cheese drizzled with honey and served with house bread and spicy nuts ($9), or graze on a vidalia onion salad with grilled oranges and roasted almonds ($7). Dive into a gastronomic sea with the roasted local wahoo, served alongside grilled vegetable ratatouille ($27), before paddling over to a coastline made of meat to taste the chorizo- and yucca-stuffed pork chop a la parilla ($26).
Solo Mexican Cantina isn’t owner Lirim Jacobi’s first attempt at opening a restaurant. Actually, he has spent the past 30 years establishing well-received eateries. With this kind of pedigree, it's no surprise that Solo Mexican Cantina hits all the right notes when it comes to trend, yet casual dining—from the dimly lit dining room festooned with geometric décor and pops of bright color to the perfectly concise menu crafted by celebrity chef Carlos Badaraco Herrmann and Executive Chef Greg Backman.
The duo puts a gourmet twist on traditional Mexican cuisine, crowning tacos with shreds of sweet plantains and transforming run-of-the-mill guacamole into spicy avocado aioli. The chefs also whip up a gluten-free menu as well as margaritas by the glass, pitcher, and claw-foot bathtub. These south-of-the-border flavors help enhance the eatery's already-festive atmosphere, as do happy hours and live entertainment.