The owners of María Bonita Restaurant founded their eatery as a tribute to women, which is why they work to create a festive atmosphere to bring families together over dinner. Virginia Nava and Nydia D. Perez—the two entrepreneurs behind the eatery—leverage their almost 50 years of combined business experience to manage their Mexican restaurant. Along with their business sense, they are guided by their inspiration, the glamorous but tough Mexican movie star of yore, María Bonita.
To appeal to a range of tastes as expansive as the range needed to play the 47 movie roles Bonita played during her career, the cooks prepare diverse dishes. Fresh guacamole appetizers presage steak burritos filled with rice and black beans, and signature burgers topped with monterey jack cheese and avocado—a culinary palette worthy of the bright reds, yellows, purples, and greens that blanket the walls of the dining area. Free WiFi encourages laptop use, and every weekend live entertainment keeps diners amused while they sip house margaritas or glasses of nacho cheese.
Café Ollin's eye-catching blue exterior compels pedestrians to enter the restaurant, which serves as a vibrantly colored oasis of Mexican culture and cuisine. The extensive menu reads like a bestselling romance novel in which the main characters are all Mexican dishes, such as the signature cemita ($8–$8.50), a Puebla-style sandwich piled with cheeses, avocado, beans, chipotle and carne enchilada, bistec, or lengua (cow tongue). Tacos ($2–$3.50 each) envelop proteins, such as cecina (salted beef) and chivo enchilado (spicy goat), and full plates display the likes of four enchiladas, which are stuffed with chicken, beef, or cheese ($11), or costillas (pork ribs) in a red sauce served with cactus ($9.50). Jarritos sodas ($2) or homemade juices ($2) silently wait in the wings, anxious to find a new home on top of a table blanketed by colorful, woven cloth.
Though Limón Jungle is tucked into a narrow storefront, the flavors and spices found in each dish are anything but small. Jalapeños, spicy mole sauce, and made-from-scratch pico de gallo all accent the cuisine with some of the signature flavors of Mexico. While savoring specialty tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas, diners can complement their selections with margaritas, organic wine, and chilled beer in the form of Negra Modelo, Corona, or Pacifico. Guests enjoy each meal at silver-topped tables, some of which flank a brick wall that can be smashed through for a quick exit.
Mi Nidito's chefs blend fistfuls of spices, luring subtle aromas from dishes that eschew the use of MSG, lard, and animal-fat additives. Whole-wheat tortillas enwrap sizzling fajitas, and Yucatanese sour orange sauce is drizzled over diced chicken breast. Twenty-five different dulcet essences—such as amaretto, goji, or papaya—imbue margaritas with exciting flavors that can be combined in thousands of different iterations, delighting diners and blowing the circuits of villainous supercomputers.
Ah Chihuahua's impressive spread of healthy Southwestern and Latin fare combines traditional Mexican favorites with crowd-pleasing plates of Tex-Mex cuisine. With fajita and enchilada plates, corn or low-carb wheat tortillas formally enrobe sizzling veggies and succulent cuts of chicken or juicy steak and beef. Low-fat mozzarella drapes itself over saucy enchiladas suizas. Tasty taco shells deliver mouthwatering packages of beef or baked chicken, and crispy chips ferry passengers of freshly made guacamole to awaiting mouths.