Every green booth at Palenque Mexican Restaurant is painted with a red, orange, and yellow sunset over the plains of Jalisco, Mexico. These paintings set the scene for the spicy yet hearty meals that chefs make using recipes from this culturally rich region. They fill different sized tortillas with a range of meats and fresh vegetables, and create spicy salsas that enhance flavors without having to use performance-enhancing peppers.
Qdoba's burrito baristas handcraft a catering menu of Mexican-inspired cuisine, customizable with a panoply of fresh ingredients for a taco, nacho, or burrito bar. Qdoba's culinary crafters craft succulent fillings for burritos, tacos, nachos, and quesadillas, including protein-packing choices, such as slow-roasted pulled pork, adobo-marinated grilled steak or chicken, and spiced shredded or ground beef, with vegetarian options also available. Taste the gooey flavor accents of the signature queso sauce, a three-cheese blend with roasted poblanos, tomatoes, and jalapeños, the pinto or black beans simmered in cumin and onion, or the creamy, hand-smashed guacamole that's ideal for filling up Queen Elizabeth's diamond-studded guacamole chalice. Tortilla chips with salsa bar and desserts complete each catered event, and customers can opt for burrito-boxed lunches and any add-ons.
Go Go Burrito fills its kitchen with locally sourced ingredients in order to prepare fresh salsas and sauces daily. The restaurant’s "Build Your Own" entrees can be loaded with beef, chicken, pork, steak, rice, beans, and a variety of vegetables. During the ordering process, customers can opt to top off entrees with one of Go Go's fresh salsas or sauces, such as pesto ranch, chipotle, thai peanut, guacamole, or ghost pepper salsa. Patrons can settle down in Go Go’s brightly painted dining room or pick up orders through the drive-thru window.
DeLeons serves up authentic, scratch-made cuisine from its kitchen and in-house tortilla factory. At the Francis Avenue menu, early birds spit out their worms in favor of the shop's breakfast burritos, cylinders of succulence stuffed with meats, eggs, beans, and potatoes ($4.99). Lunch and evening eats revolve around combination plates, showcasing tacos, enchiladas, tamales, and flautas served with rice and beans ($7.99–$9.29). Riverside's menu also features various combo plates of tacos, chimichangas, tamales, and enchiladas ($6.99–$11.99). Or, quell spicy after-dinner palates with Aguas Frescas, south-of-the-border beverages in sweet varieties such as watermelon, hibiscus blossom, and horchata ($1.50+).
Atilano’s Mexican Food's taco shop offers a zesty array of scintillating Mexican cuisine in a welcoming, festive dining room. The restaurant’s menu features 21 combos, ranging from Mexican-style pork to fresh shrimp to chile releno. Atilano’s Mexican Food's giant burritos, which received high praise from the Pacific Northwest Inlander, will quench hunger whether packed with grilled chicken or beef, while the bean tostada and beef taco combo will tickle tastebuds until they high-five incisors. Because Atilano’s Mexican Food stays open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, late-night diners can fill up on tasty chorizo or fish tacos after a long evening of dancing or submarine-model-making.
Most locals know El Sombrero simply as "The Hat," a colloquialism that reflects the community's affection for this casual Mexican restaurant and cantina. But locals aren't the only ones who have taken notice. Visitors travel from far and wide to taste what might just be the best burrito in the Pacific Northwest: El Sombrero's famous tequila shrimp burrito. The shrimp-stuffed behemoth, which is cooked in tequila for 30 seconds before being finished in fine oils and placed on a bed of rice and covered in sauce, is a perennial favorite and the most popular item on the menu, but that shouldn't dissuade you from trying the sizzling fajitas and tacos, all of which are cooked fresh daily. Come in on Saturday and you'll have time to sample them all, thanks to flat-screen televisions that broadcast hours of Pac-12 games. Cheers for the Cougars can even be heard on the outdoor patio, where guests enjoy the open air and sip margaritas.