An American tourist in Mexico might stroll by a restaurant decorated with goat horns and not give the decor a second thought. However, the horns do often signify something special: birria, a hearty mexican stew from the state of Jalisco. And while Mr. Burritos and Los Lokos Burritos may not have goat horns strung across its walls, its chefs do make the spicy, soul-warming treat—but only on weekends.
The name Mr. Burritos should give away the eatery’s other specialty, which comes in nearly 20 varieties—including two vegetarian options and two sizes, baby or giant. Similar spiced meats, such as barbacoa, steak, and carnitas, also fill tacos and chimichangas. People who weirdly enjoy mornings can stop by in the a.m. for a hearty Mexican breakfast of eggs and chorizo. Aside from inviting guests to test their heat tolerances at three locations, Mr. Burritos and Los Lokos Burritos deliver their food directly to doorsteps and can also cater events such as birthday parties and presidential debates.
Hearty homestyle cooking is the hallmark of the menu, with full slabs of smoked ribs arriving at tables paired with fries, bread, and coleslaw. The kitchen staff also grills catfish and piles plates with piping-hot wings, coated in a spicy sauce that's both flavorful and useful for temporarily blinding assailants. On Sundays, a soul-food menu tempts diners with hearty meals of pot roast or baked chicken with sides of greens, mashed potatoes, or candied yams.
Open for 25 years and celebrated by AM670 The Score, the Southland Star, and Patch.com, the items on the Durbin’s menu vary by location, but all of its kitchens prepare hearty sandwiches, pizzas, and barbecue. Wood embers infuse ribs and chicken with smoky flavors as USDA Black Angus steaks are plated alongside sautéed mushrooms and homemade coleslaw. Fresh donut holes are also made in-house and stacked on ice cream sundaes topped with a single red cherry that resembles the setting sun resting on a pillow of vanilla-flavored clouds.
For more than 22 years, the scent of freshly baking pizza has drifted out the door of Kenootz Pizza. Chefs fill their ovens with both thin-crust and deep-dish pies, sprinkling in more than a dozen toppings such as bacon, all-beef pepperoni, and spinach. To complement the flavors of their pizzas, chefs cook up classic Italian sides such as cheese-laden garlic bread, zucchini sticks, and fried mushrooms, as well as more substantial platters of meat ravioli and spaghetti. With a delivery area that covers most of the surrounding neighborhoods, the restaurant can stock groups with a tasty, sharable meal without them having to leave the house or cut a cheeseburger into eight equal parts.
Savory pastas and imported items aside, Bella Mia relies on three main ingredients: quality, hospitality, and care. These building blocks have helped turn the ristorante into a neighborhood favorite, complete with daily specials and live entertainment so guests don't have to put on puppet shows at their tables. Inside the elegant, low-lit dining room, where framed artwork lines the walls, servers deliver prime steaks and chops, fresh seafood, and other Italian specialties. The pastas are especially popular, including a linguini calamari dish sauteed in olive oil and flavored with fresh garlic, black olives, and a white or red wine sauce.