Guadalajara Cafe shies away from the Tex-Mex standards found at typical Mexican restaurants in favor of the authentic flavors and spices you?d expect to find simmering in a family cocina. Its chefs attended culinary training in Guadalajara, where they developed a special appreciation for the cuisine of Jalisco, a region that extends from central Mexico to the Pacific coast. They even spice up this Jalisciense style of cooking with exotic ingredients such as squash blossoms, nopal cactus, and shrimp wearing tiny safari hats to create dishes reminiscent of those first envisioned by the Aztecs.
The result of their dedication to tradition is a menu of central Mexican classics such as chilies rellenos drizzled in spicy tomatillo sauce, hand-rolled tamales, and tacos filled with charbroiled, citrus-marinated meats. In her blog Around the Block, Mary Bloch?the author of the Kansas City Star?s restaurant guide?lauds the eatery?s mole, calling it ?as good as it gets.? Diners can wash down these authentic morsels with a selection of Mexican beers or tequilas infused with jalape?o, cilantro, and tamarind.
As soon as guests enter Sorano's Sports Bar, they’re surrounded by 12 televisions, all tuned to premium sports channels. While fans cheer and whoop in the background, servers shuttle plates of pub-style finger foods, hamburgers, hot dogs, and Mexican fare to eager diners. Nearby, bartenders siphon drafts and crack open bottles of domestic and imported beers, and pool tables beckon guests to illustrate their favorite geometry proofs. In addition to brews and bites, the sports bar keeps spirits high by hosting free poker tournaments, karaoke nights, and DJ performances throughout the week.
At Las Chili's, you'll find beef and refried beans wrapped in tortillas, pork enchiladas served with Spanish rice, and enough guacamole to satisfy the hungriest of nachos. Specials spice up the week, with Super Burritos on Thursdays and all-you-can-eat tacos every Wednesday and Friday. Las Chili's offers burgers, hot dogs, and Texas spaghetti, too, as well as a children's menu to help the kids ease their way into the big wide world of chicken fingers and fries.
Maggie's Authentic Mexican Foods more than lives up to its name. Visitors to the restaurant peruse the colorful menu before feasting on orders of spicy queso and housemade chips and salsa. Mexican staples such as chicken mole, tamales, and enchiladas sail out of the kitchen alongside more inventive dishes, such as Steve-O's corn dip and the kids' hot-dog-in-a-tortilla. Like handing out $20 bills to kids who sit quietly, getting Maggie's quarts of rice and beans make family dinners a simple prospect.
Bombay Palace lays out a flavorful bounty of Northern Indian cuisine made with fresh and healthy ingredients. The menu reflects the diverse culinary stylings of the Indian subcontinent, from the succulent chicken tandoori ($9.99 half/$14.99 full) washed down with a brazen glass of mango lassi ($2.99) to the seductive siren song of the goa shrimp curry ($13.99) guiding lost palates toward a pool of coconut sauce. In addition to meaty temptations, Bombay Palace serves up a number of vegetarian dishes, such as creamy saag paneer ($10.99), chopped spinach with cheese, or tangy aloo gobi ($9.99), fresh cauliflower and potatoes marinated in an onion-infused, tomato-based sauce. Since each enticing dish is made ready-to-order from fresh, MSG-free ingredients, diners can rest assured that their marinated lamb shaslick ($12.99) and herby Mulligatawny soup ($2.99) will leave them satiated and satisfied and not frozen in a block of monosodium carbonite.
JD and Sarah Gardner's vacation to Cabo San Lucas on the Baja coast changed their lives. Both the fresh-made local cuisine and the surfside lifestyle inspired the pair to re-create their experience in their restaurant, Costa Vida. Now a chain, each location showcases videos of surfers on flat-screen TVs, upbeat music, and the award-winning cuisine of certified Executive Chef David Prows. The cooks in each kitchen handcraft fresh flour and stone-ground-wheat tortillas each day and slow-cook shredded pork and beef with all-natural ingredients. To accommodate a range of customers, Chef Prows recommends options for healthier eating and avoidance of allergens, as well as a nutrition calculator for almost all his offerings.