Keso Mexican Grill rouses the palates of Johns Creek and its surrounding communities with sizzling Mexican dishes that pack bold flavors. Inside, a contemporary vibe seeps from the restaurant’s stone walls. Standing guard as the dining room’s centerpiece, a large stone Olmec head watches over meals with far more authority than the mustached scarecrow that also tried out for the job. As a group of friends crisscrosses forks over shared tapas at one table, a waiter delivers a still-steaming steak to another. Along the dark marble bar, glasses of wine, beer, and tequila clink beneath the flickering glow of flat-screen TVs, which are perched above rows of bottles behind the bar.
An electric neon sign draws passersby inside this festive Mexican diner, where rustic décor surrounds savory dishes arrayed on tables. Flat-screen televisions offer the only hint the modern world still exists, as exposed brick walls, rough stone borders, and dark-brown tile distract diners from passing cars, smartphone screens, and androids comparing memory banks. On the restaurant's outdoor patio, patrons dine on traditionally prepared steaks, fluffy tortilla shells, and rich sauces while basking in the sunlight.
El Porton Mexican Restaurant has sated cravings for fresh, healthy ingredients for more than two decades, serving up authentic Mexican lunches and dinners that complement the bar’s array of 85 tequilas. Amid golden walls that evoke a warm afternoon in a tropical cantina, guests kick-start stomachs by watching chefs craft lime-infused guacamole tableside. From the kitchen, beef and shrimp fajitas sizzle, wafting aromas of onion and bell pepper that transform into cartoon hands to lure in noses. Warm days open El Porton's patio, where sunshine heightens the flavors of make-your-own combo platters spread with chile rellenos, tostadas, and burritos, as well as USDA steaks aged a minimum of 21 days. Tequila shots arrive in flights or individually, and customizable margaritas in flavors such as mango and classic lime pour forth from salt-rimmed glasses to accentuate entrees and fuel conversations about Mexico's hidden agave rivers.
At Rio Nuevo Mexican Cantina, culinary maestros spice, sear, and toss savory ingredients into sizzling platters of upscale Mexican cuisine. Rio Nuevo crafts specialty mole infused with authentic Mexican notes, such as the mole Don Jose, a mélange of 32 spices including tangy chili ancho and rich chocolate. Diners can savor game from land and sea infused with Mexican flavors in the alambre de camarones, plump shrimp skewers grilled with a cloak of garlic-lime-agave-caper sauce, or the filete azteca, tender sirloin affectionately nurtured by melted cheese, grilled cactus, and commitment-ready salsas. Extensive lunch selections allay taste-bud escapes with piping half-pound fajitas and hearty handheld tortas. Attentive servers usher entrees and refreshing drinks to guests amid the restaurant's well-appointed interior, which sparkles with glowing sconces, hanging lights, and crisp, conversationally adept tablecloths.