There's only one way to describe the drinks at Cantina La Mexicana: colorful. The bartending team specializes in fresh fruit margaritas, which they blend together and serve on the rocks with 30 different tequilas, instead of one tequila with 29 nicknames. They also squeeze limonada, melon, and other seasonal juices, serving up sweet counterpoints to the zesty cuisine.
That cuisine is inspired by a combination of family recipes and Boston-area chefs. On command, the kitchen springs into action to cook homemade chicken mole, pulled pork, and grilled chicken with pickled cactus, pairing these entrees with rice, beans, avocado, salad, and corn tortillas on the signature "Mexican Plate." At lunch time, the focus turns to satisfying meals such as chalupas and fish tacos.
Taking its name from the Spanish word for a young colt, El Potro treats diners to zesty feasts of sizzling steak fajitas, saucy chilaquiles, and tacos filled with spicy peppers and marinated meats. Festive Mexican d?cor surrounds diners, with red tile floors and orange walls framing chunky, solid-wood chairs that feature hand-painted images of horses, galloping vaqueros, and lasso-swinging centaurs. Alongside spreads of food and margaritas from the full bar, diners can revel in karaoke on Thursday or Sunday nights or swinging jams from the house band Mariachi Estampa de America on Fridays and Saturdays.
Even before you step inside, Tu Y Yo proves its authenticity. According to The Phoenix, a handwritten note on the door warns guests, “No burritos served here!” But with grasshopper tacos on the food menu, and micheladas (Mexican beer cocktails) on the drink list, the burritos will hardly be missed.
Border Cafe is ostensibly named after the border between the United States and Mexico. Dig a little deeper into the legend, however, and you’ll find that the restaurant’s history lies squarely on the border between truth and mythology. It all started with a man named Jose Creole—at least that was what people called him when he emigrated from Mexico to Louisiana in the 1930s. He didn’t just bring plain old Mexican food with him; instead, he combined his recipes with the Cajun soul food of his new neighbors in Lake Charles, and a legend was born. Jose Creole’s blend of Mexican and Cajun cuisines is now the cornerstone of Border Cafe, where chefs honor tradition by preparing his spicy dishes from scratch. The menu features fusion specialties that would be hard to find elsewhere, such as blackened-catfish fajitas and crawfish quesadillas. Even the margaritas are a bit offbeat—the New Orleans version is blended with Cointreau and served over chilled Mardi Gras beads.
Jose's Mexican Restaurant is truly a family operation. At any given time, you might find mom in the kitchen making tamales; dad taking inventory; or brothers and cousins greeting visitors and waiting tables. That unshakeable familial structure stems from the restaurant's Mexican roots?roots that also instilled Jose's chefs with an appreciation for fresh, local ingredients and time-honored cooking traditions. Guests reap the benefits of Jose's solidarity while sipping on margaritas and biting into classic dishes, such as the tamales del dia, featuring a pair of tamales steamed in corn husks and packed with different fillings each day.
Beantown Taqueria specializes in spicy dualities. One side of their chalkboard menu splits off into authentic territory, boasting tacos on homemade corn tortillas and tostadas that Thrillist Boston claims will satisfy "SoBo purists." The other side embraces crispy Tex-Mex classics such as burritos and chimichangas drizzled in sour cream and guacamole. Guests stroll up to a counter whose wooden slats evoke a street taco stand, placing orders until 11 p.m. from Sunday to Wednesday and until 4 a.m. on weekends.