El Picante Authentic Mexican Cuisine's packed menu boasts more than 100 options, including tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and other traditional Mexican favorites. Patrons can stop by between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for one of 35 lunch specials such as the taco lunch ($4.25) or a plate populated with a mushroom quesadilla, beef enchilada, and chalupa ($5.50). More than 10 seafood dinners get senses swimming with choices such as the salmon a la Mexicana ($12.99), and the steak and shrimp plate ($11.25) gets the land and sea on speaking terms in a massive wave of flavor. Guests can cool off their summer-seasoned palates with a margarita or cerveza from El Picante Authentic Mexican Cuisine's full bar before picking from 25 combo dinners, such as the beef burrito, enchilada, and tamale plate ($7.99), or the ever popular plate-bowl hybrid.
Cazadores takes its name from the Mexican ranchers who used to roam the rangelands where they guarded herds of cattle and cooked their meals over an open fire. The restaurant’s menu features dishes based on this style of “on the ranch” cooking with items such as fajitas and 10-ounce rib eyes prepared using rustic spices and mesquite grilling, and branded with a macho nickname. The menu also offers more than a dozen vegetarian entrees, as well as create-your-own combo plates, which allow diners to customize their meal with one, two, or three items. A full bar pours frozen or on-the-rocks margaritas in eight fruit-infused flavors, Mexican beers, and premium tequila shots.
"Cazadores" is Spanish for "hunters," so it's not surprising that the menu's entrees are divided by meat, allowing customers to easily find steak-, seafood-, or chicken-based dishes. Tortilla strips add crunch to salads and sopas, the latter of which finds shredded chicken enriching the flavor of chicken broth seasoned with hot peppers or pico de gallo. The entrees, though, sometimes find unique flavor from unexpected ingredients: for example, Enrique's tacos are layered with feta cheese and spicy cole slaw. Unlike at most hotels that advertise their breakfasts, Cazadores also serves breakfast, such as huevos rancheros piled atop corn tortillas.
Begun by the Fuentes family, who traces their culinary roots to La Piedad, Mexico, El Toro Mexican Restaurant serves up time-tested Mexican dishes that range from tamales and chiles poblanos to chimichangas stuffed with beef tips. Their peppery fajitas can be made either with beef or with selections from the seafood menu, such as a combo of shrimp, crab, and tilapia. Patrons wash down their spicy medleys with drinks that include Dos Equis beer and specialty margaritas such as the Margarona, which adds Corona and acapella renditions of "My Sharona" to the classic beverage. The eatery surrounds its appetite-satisfying food with a similarly bright atmosphere, allowing diners to tear into burritos and tostadas amid sunny-yellow walls and colorful murals.
The regulars at Maya Mexican Restaurant know a thing or two about good Mexican food?some of them own or work at Mexican restaurants themselves. At this taqueria, they enjoy spicy plates of chorizo, tacos stuffed with tripe or tongue, and tortas stuffed with fixings. In addition to other entrees such as pozole and gorditas, signature Caribbean dishes such as tostones and rarroz con ganules round out the menu. Imported beers make for jovial meals that remind guests of the last time they travelled south of the border, or last week when they also ate here.
Citysearchers give Cactus Pear's Jefferson location a 3.5-star average. Nine Yelpers give the Jefferson location an average of three stars, while seven more Yelpers give the restaurant's Kenwood location an identical three-star rating. Seventy-eight percent of 119 Urbanspooners recommend the Cactus Pear on Jefferson, and 76% of 135 additional Urbanspooners like the Kenwood bistro.