The culinary team at Nuevo Southwest Grill concocts a menu of Mexican-American fusion cuisine that spurs taste buds onward through a land of tortilla vistas dotted with grilled veggies. Prepare palates for future forkfuls with the flavorsome crab-and-fish-cake appetizer, garnished with a fiery jalapeño tartar ($7.95). The sazonado grilled chicken breast arrives glazed with a zesty chipotle orange sauce and topped with goat cheese and mushrooms ($13.95). Lunchtime victuals, such as the burrito stuffed with salmon ($8.25), quells stomachs before they bellow like Luciano Pavarotti after stubbing his big toe. Served until 2 p.m. on weekends, Nuevo’s brunch engages freshly woken bellies with buttermilk pancakes topped with fresh fruit ($6.95).
Vivas's burrito builders wrap local, organic produce, all-natural meats, and organic rice and beans into bountiful burritos. Dining duos can peruse the menu's panoply of tortilla-wrapped options, including a fish burrito hewn from organic tilapia, beans, rice, cabbage, and fresh salsa. Meat eaters and brachiosauruses can choose the regular burrito with a choice of meat enlivened with dashes of fresh cilantro, and herbivores and health-conscious visitors can bite into meat- and dairy-free vegan burritos. Twosomes wash down these delectable eats with a pair of fountain drinks that are as sweet and bubbly as a chocolate statue of Katie Couric.
The Chefs at Pedro’s Restaurant & Cantina tantalize taste buds with a menu of authentic Mexican comestibles. Launch feast fiestas with a trio of mini handmade sopes chock-full of veggies, chicken, or beef and sprinkled in cotija cheese ($8). Patrons can stick with traditional entrees including chile verde, sautéed pork cutlets and chilies ($14.50) or can venture into new territory with special dishes, such as the steak de la casa’s grilled USDA Choice yew york steak disguised in adobo sauce and served with its partner in crime, the cheese enchilada ($24). Mix and match burritos, enchiladas, tacos, beef tamales, or chile rellenos with the combo option ($11.25 for one item; $13.25 for two; $15.25 for three), which comes with a choice of two sides, such as refried beans, spanish rice, or a palm reading by the wait staff. Pedro’s Restaurant & Cantina dazzles eyes with adobe-esque walls, outdoor seating, a plethora of plant life, and eclectic artwork.
At Alicia's Restaurant, chefs pull from time-honored family recipes to whip up authentic burritos, tacos, and seafood specialties. Within their bustling kitchen, they warm homemade tortillas and steam hand-crafted tamales, and shower enchiladas in red and green sauces. Meanwhile, behind the bar, bartenders blend margaritas from a selection of more than 85 different tequilas. The lively eatery is decorated with colorful flags and bright Mexican artwork.
At El Amigo, where a spacious, brightly colored indoors is met with an outdoor patio, patrons can feast on classic Mexican cuisine. Enchiladas arrive drenched in green or red salsas, or succulent mole sauce. Breaded pieces of fish fill tacos with coleslaw and chipotle sauce, while marinated chicken arrives with rice, beans, and pico de gallo. Soft French bread carries beef and chicken in tortas, as margaritas quench any underlying thirsts.
The barbecue masters at CJ BBQ Restaurant serve up slow-cooked meats including ribs, hot links, and pulled pork. They slather four types of ribs in housemade sauce, allowing guests to choose from pork, beef, baby back, and Korean-style versions. Other Korean specialties on the menu include kimchi ramen, hot spicy chicken, and bibimbap.