La Frontera Mexican Grill?s chefs craft a robust menu of Mexican dishes from fresh ingredients to sate the appetites of diners waiting in the cozy eatery. The menu offers up a selection of classic Mexican items including quesadillas, burritos, flautas, fajitas, and enchiladas that help guests to experience the authentic flavors of Mexico without nibbling on a peso.
El Norte Restaurant’s owners use their more than 35 years of experience working at restaurants in Texas and Northern Mexico to create authentic Mexican dishes to their exact specifications. Surrounded by Aztec-inspired paintings and sombreros hung on the walls, diners dig into pork carnitas, enchiladas suizas, and bowls of chopino. Whether bellied up to one of the restaurant’s two bars or seated at a table blanketed by a colorful tablecloth, guests enjoy the serenades of a mariachi band or the sound of a live harp player politely ordering a burrito. On weekends, karaoke and DJ-fueled dance sessions take over the restaurant’s spare room.
Masters of impromptu rocking, the three-man band of Particle braids funky undertones of bass guitar with energetic keyboards and drums in an electronic-backed jam session. Bolstered by an underground following and a decade of playing together, the band grooves through hits from its album Launchpad with more chemistry than hydrogen and oxygen had on their first date. The seasoned trio, which has performed with Blackalicious and Grateful Dead founder Phil Lesh, will razzle and dazzle Mexicali Club's intimate lounge after openers Shwizz and The 45's warm up the stage with tunes as catchy as chicken pox.
To say that you can order nearly any Mexican dish you want at Cinco de Mayo isn't an exaggeration. Not only do they have a seemingly endless menu that includes burritos, sopas, enchiladas, and nearly 20 platos principales, but they even give you the option to build your own fajitas. The sizzling skillets are brought to your table with your choice of meat, such as lean grilled chicken or strips of skirt steak. If choosing from all these dishes feels like an impossible task, then opt for one of the many combination options, including Pancho's Trio, which has three different burritos blanketed in three different sauces.
One bite of Gabriela Hernandez’s cooking and restaurateur Artie Cutler knew he had to open a restaurant with her. Cutler, the mastermind behind such revolutionary restaurants as the Italian-inspired Carmine's and the Southern-inflected Virgil's Real BBQ, began devising the eatery. Meanwhile, Hernandez got to work on an authentic menu with the help of her family who, like the recipes that Cutler loved so much, came from the heart of Mexico. The doors of Gabriela’s Restaurant opened in 1992, and, despite Hernandez’s retirement, the staff continues to follow her traditional recipes today. The menu features such south-of-the-border favorites as fish tacos, empanadas filled with organic chicken, fajitas, enchiladas, and vegetarian chile rellenos, each in what Time Out New York describes as “heaping portions." To crown the zesty feasts, the staff curates a classic dessert menu of flan and fried ice cream, as well as an after-dinner tequila selection from their well-stocked bar.
La Fortaleza Mexican Restaurant's menu brims with quality ingredients and salsas made fresh throughout the day. Staff members prepare each appetizer of guacamole at the table, pulverizing the verdant michoacáno avocados, onion, and cilantro in a traditional stone molcajete. Cooks stuff cheeses and the customer's choice of chicken, steak, or shrimp inside a 10-inch flour tortilla before frying the creation to create a golden brown chimichanga, and the arrachera al anafre's flame-kissed skirt steak arrives with a side of tender cactus instead of the customary ficus plant. After sautéing shrimp in onions and butter, chefs douse the camarones a la diabla with a salsa hot enough to make penguins evolve. La Fortaleza Mexican Restaurant's dining room surrounds guests with a kaleidoscope of green, pink, and orange walls that sport Mayan-inspired murals.