The chefs at Mesilla Valley Kitchen don't play favorites when it comes to chilies. They smother their Mexican dishes in both red and green varieties, adding extra spice and color to burritos, quesadillas, and huevos rancheros. They split their passions elsewhere in the kitchen, too. Not content to only serve Mexican cuisine, they also plate up all-American classics such as giant cinnamon rolls, club sandwiches, and housemade potato chips.
Hot Dog on a Stick Founder Dave Barham opened his first Hot Dog on a Stick in Santa Monica in 1946, and the company has since burgeoned into an employee-owned franchise that's more than 100 eateries strong and spans 11 states. Best known for a 100% turkey hot dog dunked in corn-bread batter made from Dave's mother's recipe and cooked in soy oil, Hot Dog on a Stick also pioneered the dipping and be-sticking of mild american and spicy jalapeño jack cheese. Smiling employees in red-, white-, and blue-striped uniforms with, as Dave put it, "a splash of lemonade," hand over cherry, lime, sugar-free, or original lemonade that they make fresh every two hours by squeezing Ventura County lemons until they cry.
Buffalo roam across sprawling flatlands as Hereford cattle munch mountain grasses on The Bowen Ranch, the working farmstead that houses The Edge of Texas Steakhouse and Saloon. In addition to lending the horizon a bucolic vibe, these herds suggest just how fresh a steak can be. Nearby, inside the train depot-turned-restaurant, guests can shake hands with a real cowboy before slicing into grilled-to-order beef and bison. This wrangler is Jim Bowen, founder of the eatery and leader of the Bowen clan that’s owned the ranch since the 1800s, when cattle landed in Texas by leaping over Saturn’s moons. The menu also brims with chuck-wagon classics such as barbecued brisket and Tex-Mex fare such as tortilla soup and chicken fajitas.
A large selection of classic, authentic Mexican cuisine makes up the menu at El Toro Bronco. Quesadillas are stuffed with molten cheese and chorizo, whereas hot skillets lug sizzling cuts of pork, beef, or chicken, and tacos carry bounties of the same. Breakfast items include huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, and omelets, and the drink menu offers aguas frescas and cold beer.
At Martita's Lunch Box, guests settle in for hearty breakfasts of huevos rancheros and chilaquiles, or zesty lunches comprised of steak, enchiladas, and tacos. Despite its name, the eatery is open well into the evening, when you can enjoy plates of fried milanesa sirloin with Mexican beers, potent fruit-flavored margaritas, and live music on the weekends.
Mexican-style street food populates the tables at Cabo Joe’s, a relaxed eatery inspired by the atmosphere and cuisine of Mexico and the Caribbean. Inside a vibrant space designed to evoke a cantina-like feel, waiters unload trays filled with tortas, tacos, and wood-fired burgers, and set down helpings of freshly made salsas and guacamole.