At Big Burrito on the Square, tacos and burritos come customized to each mouth's specifications. On a flour-tortilla base, beef or chicken hoist a savory scoop of rice and beans before gaining support from authentic south-of-the-border toppings: cheese, cilantro, sour cream, and guacamole. The Mexican fare pairs ably with hot soup and cold Jarritos sodas, which add a sweet element to meals so that customers don't carve silverware out of lollypops. All of this takes place within a vibrant red, purple, and yellow dining room filled with mosaic tables and photographic homages to Volkswagen vehicles.
Every dish of Lu on the House of Lu's menu of Lu comes from a family recipe perfected over decades and steeped in praise. Lunch features a moderately priced ($5.75¬–$8) cast of classics all served with egg-fried or steamed rice and a vegetable egg roll. Favorites include the sesame chicken, Mongolian beef, and the spicy Hunan chicken. Starting at 3 p.m., the dinner dragon uncoils from its raindrop until it fills the menu with the lengthy list of authentic dishes scrawled across its underbelly. Dinner dishes are mainly centered around beef, poultry, pork, vegetables, and seafood with a plethora of options falling under each category. Net an order of best-selling coconut shrimp ($15.95), peck at the fan-favorite sesame chicken ($10.50), or fulfill a veggie fix with an order of General Tso's tofu ($9.50) and chase it with a dessert of sesame balls ($0.25 each). There's also a kids' menu for grotesque, half-formed adults and finicky feasters.
Blu Greek Taverna imports many of its ingredients straight from Greece, instantly transporting the stomachs of diners to this Mediterranean mainstay. Plant a meal seed with an appetizer like the feta and olive plate ($6) or the loukaniko, imported Cyprus sausage links filled with beef and marinated in homemade wine sauce ($7). Move on to a stacked stick kebab ($12–$15) like the vegetarian-friendly vegan souvlaki with eggplant, green pepper, tomato, zucchini, onions, and squash pieces marinated in Ladolemono ($12). House specialties include lamb youvetsi (lamb tenderloin cubes slow-stewed in tomato sauce, $19) or grilled xifias (marinated swordfish filet, $21). Blu Greek also offers a kids menu and a notable wine list for grown-ups.
Kiosco Restaurant owners Eddie Bermudez invite mouths on a transcendent voyage to their native Colombia, using a celebration of traditional dishes packed with unexpected herbs and spices. The meat-centric menu pivots on seven steak entrees, including flank steak simmered with green onions and sautéed shredded beef with thick slices of fried plantain. Other delicacies include colombian sausage and fried slices of yucca and andean potatoes. Guests can enjoy these with tall pitchers of housemade sangria, sipping on a shaded sidewalk patio or inside where sunlight pours through stained-glass windows to cast a warm glow on vibrant paintings and enable patrons to act out their orders with shadow puppets on the muted yellow walls.
Sprawling through a series of rooms, 3 Amigos Mexican Bar & Grill is anything but small. Yet, the interior and its ambiance is almost cozy. Stone accents pop up throughout the eatery, complimenting walls in the bright hues of hot peppers, turmeric, and payment invoices from clowns. Dressed colorfully, waitresses and waiters bob and weave through the main dining room's expanse of tables and booths to deliver fresh Mexican entrees, such as shrimp fajitas, quesadillas layered with cheese and shredded chicken, and enchiladas verde. Meanwhile, of-age patrons perch at the bar and sip draft beer and margaritas from jumbo glasses.