You would be hard pressed to find a can opener anywhere in the kitchen of Cilantro Mexican Grill. That's because the restaurant's chefs don't need one; they only cook with fresh ingredients. A typical day in their kitchen sees the chefs mashing the nutty flesh of ripe avocados into guacamole, slicing fresh tortillas to be fried and sprinkled with lime juice, and grilling adobo-seasoned chicken, steak, and fresh line-caught Atlantic pollock purchased from local fisherman at the docks of Point Judith, Rhode Island. Local growers get in on the action too, supplying the kitchen with tomatoes and onions. All five locations serve mason jar margaritas and craft beers with the Cranston location finding patrons sipping one of 20+ brews.
The menu at La Boca Mexican Restaurant & Cantina goes beyond the usual Tex-Mex fare. Alongside fajitas and quesadillas, you’ll find traditional tamales, slow-roasted pork shank, and hand-cut corn tortilla chips. A talented staff of servers and bartenders cultivate a laid-back, festive atmosphere, serving up Mexican beers on draft and a celebrated bloody mary that’s garnished with asparagus, cocktail shrimp, and grilled steak. The eatery's parchment-colored walls are covered with drawings of proud vaqueros and rustic Mexican scenery, forming an ideal backdrop for authentic dinners of mahi mahi tacos or jicama salad. Pub rockers, live karaoke backing groups, and cover bands provide a festive soundtrack.
Voted South County’s best Mexican restaurant by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2011 and 2012, El Fuego Mexican Grill boasts a BYOB policy and a menu packed with specialty burritos, tacos, and quesadillas. Some burritos stay classic—like the one stuffed with grilled steak, black beans, cheese, rice, sour cream, lettuce, and tomato—while others take a tasty twist, like the ranchero, which subs in ranch dressing and barbecue sauce for the standard sour cream. The brave can take the taco challenge and try to devour five fiery hot tacos in less than 20 minutes. Those who succeed without morphing into dragons earn an El Fuego T-shirt and bragging rights.