With traditional dinner and lunch menus chock-full of seafood, poultry, and meat plates, Las Alamedas quells a litany of cravings in an elegant dining room. In the fajita prime-sliced entrée ($16 for lunch; $20 for dinner), slices of mesquite-grilled beef mingle with onions and poblano peppers on a plate flanked by guacamole, pico de gallo, charro beans, and flour tortillas that can be used to smuggle bottles of hot sauce out of the restaurant. A serving of camarones Cozumel fills bellies with coconut pan-fried shrimp, a habanero and mango dipping sauce, and a side of potatoes ($18 for lunch; $24 for dinner), while the robalo chileno coats a serving of sea bass in herbs and sundried-tomato sauce ($27; dinner only). The vegetarian plate accommodates meat-free diets, slinging spinach-and-cheese enchiladas with grilled vegetables, rice, and guacamole ($15, dinner only) . Though the high ceilings and elegant arched doorways might tempt diners to stay indoors, Las Alamedas offers patio seating for those who want to breathe fresh air or make fake mustaches out of plant life.
The soaring dining room of La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant resembles a splendid manor in Mexico, with vine-draped balconies, colorful mosaic walls, and tiled awnings. Vibrant murals of mariachis beam down from the upper-level balconies, their faces lit by glittering chandeliers. Servers bustle up and down the stairs of the multi-tiered dining area, bearing baskets of warm tortilla chips and fiery salsas. Outside in the restaurant’s playground, whippersnappers careen down colorful slides as their parents watch from the lush outdoor patio, sipping frozen margaritas.
In the kitchen of this colorful Mexican eatery, chefs whip up a menu of classics, including crispy tacos, sizzling fajitas, and cheesy enchiladas. They fold fresh seafood into a variety of specialties, including buttery shrimp Mazatlan and garlicky steamed snapper. The accommodating chefs even offer a menu of kid-friendly eats, including chicken fingers served with fries and quesadillas served with a few pages of completed homework assignments.