Fiesta Tapatia's menu brims with authentic Mexican flavors complemented by festive Mexican décor and a friendly, bilingual wait staff. While munching on a free first order of chips and salsa, visitors can peruse a description of Mexican dishes, which outlines the correct pronunciation and atomic weight of popular items for the chalupa-unfamiliar. Sizzling slices of new york strip steak snuggle into beds of spanish rice and refried beans in the Steak a la Tampiquena ($11.95), which arrives tableside with an entourage of tossed salad, tortillas, and slices veggies. The mole ranchero ($9.49) pairs its signature red mole sauce with tender pieces of chicken and a side of gauca salad, whereas vegetarians can combat mealtime indecision with a number of combination plates that marry meatless favorites such as a bean burrito, cheese enchilada, and bean tostada or a hearty helping of veggie fajitas ($6.45). Real sugar and warm-weather fruits such as strawberries or carbonated pineapples comingle in Jarritos mexican sodas ($1.75), and imported beers ($3.25) and sangria ($3.95/glass) help keep the dinner conversation flowing for diners of imbibing age.
El Amigo Mexicano understands that cravings for tacos, burritos, or chorizo can strike at any time. That’s why the restaurant fills its menu with breakfast selections alongside lunch and dinner options and stays open late. The eatery greets early risers with eggs scrambled with chorizo, smothered in red sauce, or delicately cocooned inside a tortilla. Lunch and dinner options sate cravings with burritos topped with melted cheese or gordita pockets filled with beans, avocado, and the diner’s choice of meat. Combination and à la carte options adjust platings to appeal to light or hearty appetites.
Generations of treasured family recipes make up the foundation of Mi Ranchito's menu of south-of-the-border specialties, made fresh every day from authentic imported ingredients. The house special birria estilo "Mi Ranchito" ($12.95) tempts tongues with tender chunks of pork smothered in a deluge of spicy homemade barbecue sauce and is served with tortillas rice, beans, and guacamole. The golden, deep-fried chimi ($8.25) comes stuffed with a choice of beef, chicken, veggies, or beans and is topped with red or green sauce, and a "dear john" letter pre-addressed to your personal trainer. Patrons will be thankful the giant wet burrito ($10.50) forgot its umbrella at home as they are swept away in a torrent of homemade enchilada sauce, beans, cheese, and a choice of beef or chicken. Families looking to augment their tableside fiestas with appetizers can lasso in an order of four nachitos ($4.25), a specialty appetizer dish of taco-shell halves spread with refried beans and topped with cheese, jalapenos, and onions, or brush up on their division skills by sharing an order of three homemade hot tamales ($6.25) four ways.
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At Tequila Restaurante, green peppers and onions sizzle and snap in steaming skillets, as much a soundtrack to any traditional Mexican restaurant as mariachi and corrido music. Many of the other sensory details of an eatery in Mexico fill the Crown Point restaurant, including the citric bite of ceviche and the aromas of carne asada. Tequila Restaurante serves up traditional margaritas as well as those made with fresh banana, banana liquor, brown sugar, cinnamon, and other unorthodox ingredients. The dining room is alive with the vibrant colors associated with the country; crisp white table linens complement the red, orange, and green walls, and a string of white vine lights curlicues across the restaurant’s ceiling.
Enchilada, nacho, burrito, taco, chimichanga, and quesadilla options are abundant on el Azteca’s lunch and dinner menus. Evening diners line stomach pantries with fresh guacamole ($5.79) or chicken mole ($8.39) before stocking shelves with soft flour tacos ($5.79 for two with mesquite chicken) and tamales ($6.79 for two with beef and pork). El Azteca’s signature Benji burritos, gigantic creations stuffed with meat, lettuce, diced tomato, and a dab of sour cream then baked slathered in cheese and a homemade sauce, can be created with veggies or 10 types of meat during dinner ($7.99–$12.59). Chip lovers crunch barbecued nachos with smoked pulled pork ($11.49, large) or a plate of nachos locos with jalapeños and spicy chile con queso ($7.99, large). Evict spices from your esophagus with a soft drink ($1.89) or cocktail made with one of el Azteca’s more than 100 tequilas.