Though it sounds like a mixed drink, the campechana cocktail is actually a meal. Diners spear shrimp, octopus, and chunks of white abalone as they swim in cocktail sauce flavored with avocado and cilantro. The seafood stew is just one of Cabrera’s house specialties, which populate nearly half of the Mexican eatery’s menu. Other specialty dishes include steak ranchero, marinated sirloin served alongside grilled cactus and jalapeños, and salmon con salsa de arandano, a fresh, pan-roasted fish steeped in cranberry chipotle sauce. Traditionalists can take comfort in the eateries’ abidance to serving food on plates rather than mini hovercrafts, and south-of-the-border staples such as mole-drenched chicken and burritos blanketed with melted cheese.
Doña Rosa Bakery & Taqueria serves up fresh, fast, and authentic Mexican favorites derived from owner Blair Salisbury's 100-year-old family recipes. Enjoy breakfast all day long with sweet baked goods ($1.30–$1.60), huevos rancheros ($7.10), or chilaquiles, a plate of scrambled eggs and crispy tortilla chips drenched in red or green sauce, queso fresco, and sour cream ($7.25). Domestic and imported beers ($3.50) or salt-garnished margaritas ($1.95–$4) wash down lunch and dinner burritos ($7.25) and tortas ($7.50) customized with an array of marinated meats, and vegetarian nachos ($7.75) sate those whose teeth tremble in anticipation for non-meated meals. Late-night shrimp soft tacos ($3.35) perfectly fit into mouth openings shaped like a shrimp soft taco and can be capped off with flan ($4).
Although they specialize in cuisine from across the southern border, the chefs at Lupita's also craft many of their Mexican delicacies with ingredients from across another border: the one between land and sea. They fill enchiladas with crabmeat, toss shrimp in a spicy ranchera sauce, and roll grilled, boneless tilapia fillets in flour tortillas with bell pepper, onion, and tomato. To round out the menu, this culinary team whips up other Mexican staples, such as chili relleno, beef or chicken taquitos, and burritos filled with ingredients such as chorizo and chicken asada.
Hugo's Tacos' hard-working chefs combine traditional Mexican recipes with culinary techniques culled from Northern Italy, serving up an array of zesty dishes made from scratch and draped in seven flavorful salsas and fillings. The menu tempts diners with delicious tamales, tacos, tortas, and breakfasts fashioned with flavorings from culinary traditions across the Mexican landscape, from the traditional salsa negra of Michoacán to Tijuana's mysterious tomatillo mines. The flexible chefs delight diners of all diets with customizable meals often available in vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free varieties.
Helmed by the Alambres family, Alambres Fresh Mexican Grill brings south-of-the-border flavors north with a menu of house-made Mexican feasts. Every day, the chefs make fresh, from-scratch tortillas to stuff with flame-smacked carne asada or flavor-spiked grilled fish. The family caters to vegetarian tastes with a host of meat-free feasts, from fresh veggie-packed tacos and chimichangas to cheese enchiladas bursting with gooey cheese and seasoned balloon animals. The crew not only feeds hungry appetites inside the welcoming restaurant but also invites online orders for mobile nosh sessions.