Cielito Lindo Mexican Restaurant's chefs specialize in producing the bold flavors of our national next-door neighbors. A complimentary basket of chips 'n' salsa greets diners, and entrees include the camarones al mojo de ajo, in which grilled shrimp join forces with a healthy portion of rice and beans. Margaritas complement dinners or serve as a tongue-loosening agent for lectures on the history of shredded lettuce. The restaurant’s outdoor dining area offers open-air eating and allows pets, and it regularly hosts special events and live mariachi music, saving diners the trouble of bringing their shoulder-mounted boom boxes.
At first glance, passersby may think that the wood-paneled exterior and wagon wheels of El Charro Mexican Restaurant were transplanted from the Wild West. But when diners dig into cheese-smothered burritos, spicy seafood, and chicken and beef brought to life with Mexican spices, they know they've traveled south of the border. The sprawling menu satisfies cravings for everything from chimichangas and quesadillas to traditional shrimp soup and huevos rancheros. For dessert, servers bring out puffy sopapillas or supply churros for diners to joust with.
For more than 25 years, the Avila family showcased their family recipes and from-scratch salsas at Pepe and Chela's. These days, new Aliva family owners, run the Mexican eatery, though they stick closely to the Avila?s legacy. That means serving up more than 35 entrees, including the El Jefe burrito, a 12-inch flour tortilla chock-full of rice, beans, cheese, and your choice of meat.
Said entrees merely skim the surface of Pepe and Chela?s menu options, which range from tortas with housemade chorizo to fried poblano peppers stuffed with cheese. Besides continuing the tradition of from-scratch salsas, the culinary team pairs housemade chips with a signature guacamole, made from hand-selected avocados, diced tomatoes, and jalape?os. Each zesty feast unfolds amidst the restaurant's warm red walls, Spanish ceramics, and a booth reserved exclusively for Zorro.