At Perico’s, the faux parrots that perch over the dining room may not greet you when you arrive, but the din of live music will. Musicians take the stage five days a week, playing in front of a silver curtain that glitters under the twinkling lights that stretch across the restaurant’s lofty ceilings. As rock 'n' roll, doo-wop, and '80s covers fill the air, guests have been known to stand up and dance off the hearty Tex-Mex dinners that emerge from Perico’s kitchen. Classic platters feature such Mexican favorites as burritos, enchiladas, tacos, and flautas with a pile of rice and beans. More innovative eats such as the quesadilla burger, a hamburger patty wrapped in a flour tortilla and smothered in cheese and pico de gallo, unite Mexican and American flavors more tastily than a bacon-wrapped peso.
Inside La Terraza 47’s dining room, walls with faux windows, shutters, and flowerboxes recreate the feeling of sitting in a Spanish courtyard. Underneath strings of twinkling lights, servers deliver homemade chicken croquettes and sesame-crusted ahi tuna in tapas-sized dishes. Heartier appetites can attack beef enchiladas or a new york strip flavored with garlic or spanish herb butter. At night, La Terraza 47 evokes Madrid nightlife with DJs spinning tunes or musicians strumming classical guitars.
Cilantro Tamales blends authentic Mexican recipes with creative, modern touches to make its menu of entrees, appetizers, salads, and sides. Circle taste wagons around three varietals of tamales, all made fresh in-house, or clamp jaw joints around Cilantro's selection of enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, chimichangas, and fajitas. An offering from the dessert menu makes a sweet, crispy mealcap, and is preferable to ending the meal with a excessive bout of screeching.
The culinary artisans at Bajio Mexican Grill assemble fresh ingredients to craft flavorful, authentic fare inspired by the Bajío region of Mexico. Fresh, handmade tortillas wrap slow-cooked meat in the sweet pork burrito ($8.49), a warm packet of flavor more comforting than a pillow-top mattress softly cooing lullabies. Pineapple and shrimp cha-cha in a pan of honey butter before joining greens and cheese to compose the pineapple-shrimp salad ($8.99), and the grilled mesquite-lime-chicken enchilada platter lazes in freshly made sauce ($5.29 for one; $7.49 for two) as crispy chips sun themselves nearby. For simpler feasts from south of the border, mouths can dive, sink, or somersault into quesadilla platters ($7.99) or savory shrimp taco platters ($6.29 for one; $8.99 for two).
Chef Hector and his crew prepare authentic tacos, enchiladas, and burritos at LaPinata Mexican Restaurant. Their bowl-like sopes hold savory fillings such as seasoned pork, chorizo, or beef, while sizzling skillets present chicken, steak, or shrimp fajitas.
For three generations, Burritos Mexican Grill's culinary team has made its authentic Mexican food the same way: with fresh ingredients free of preservatives or anything from a can. The results include the restaurant's namesake burritos, which can be filled with ingredients such as lean ground beef, philly-cheesesteak fixings, or a medley of cauliflower, broccoli, and carrot. Mexican staples such as tamales, spicy shrimp tacos, and nachos smothered in beans, melted cheese, and cilantro round out the menu, which includes copious options for vegetarian and gluten-free diners.