Begun by the Fuentes family, who traces their culinary roots to La Piedad, Mexico, El Toro Mexican Restaurant serves up time-tested Mexican dishes that range from tamales and chiles poblanos to chimichangas stuffed with beef tips. Their peppery fajitas can be made either with beef or with selections from the seafood menu, such as a combo of shrimp, crab, and tilapia. Patrons wash down their spicy medleys with drinks that include Dos Equis beer and specialty margaritas such as the Margarona, which adds Corona and acapella renditions of "My Sharona" to the classic beverage. The eatery surrounds its appetite-satisfying food with a similarly bright atmosphere, allowing diners to tear into burritos and tostadas amid sunny-yellow walls and colorful murals.
The regulars at Maya Mexican Restaurant know a thing or two about good Mexican food?some of them own or work at Mexican restaurants themselves. At this taqueria, they enjoy spicy plates of chorizo, tacos stuffed with tripe or tongue, and tortas stuffed with fixings. In addition to other entrees such as pozole and gorditas, signature Caribbean dishes such as tostones and rarroz con ganules round out the menu. Imported beers make for jovial meals that remind guests of the last time they travelled south of the border, or last week when they also ate here.
Rincon Mexicano's resident tortilla technicians channel family recipes to bolster a menu of authentic Mexican dishes. Tune-up appetites with a prelude of house salsa or salsa verde before unlocking clenched jaws with the proper password⎯MichaelJordan&Baseball⎯to imbibe the burrito mexicano, which snuggles pork and vegetables in a flour-tortilla sleeping bag blanketed with cheese sauce. Chefs employ the aid of tender chicken breast smothered in house-made mole sauce to construct mole poblano, while seafood tacos unite shrimp and tilapia, affording diners the privilege of sampling seafaring flavors without the hassle of stealing a mermaid's lunchbox. Diners can enjoy their meals tucked cozily into dark-stained high-backed booths surrounding the original artwork that adorns the golden stucco walls.
Though the family-oriented grill's atmosphere mostly recalls a comfy Mexican restaurant (down to the homemade chips and salsa greeting you at the table), the menu touts tastes from across the globe. Try the signature Hawaiian-style ribs ($13.99 half order, $24.99 whole) marinated and grilled in a secret-recipe Jack Daniel’s barbecue sauce, or take a Bavarian turn with the mett-n-kraut ($12.99), a German-style minced pork with sauerkraut on rye bread. Otherwise, opt for something more Italian such as the homemade meat or vegetarian lasagna ($12.99). Classic Tostado's burgers ($8.49) with your choice of toppings (including mushrooms, bacon, barbecue, and Swiss, Provolone, or American cheese) and reubens ($8.99) bring the around-the-world menu back home. True to its name, though, Tostado’s also serves up Mexican dishes that range from familiar burritos ($9.99–$11.99, depending on filling) and quesadillas ($9.99–$11.99) to the creative Mexican hot dog ($6.99), which comes with sour cream, mustard, and pico de gallo.
Citysearchers give Cactus Pear's Jefferson location a 3.5-star average. Nine Yelpers give the Jefferson location an average of three stars, while seven more Yelpers give the restaurant's Kenwood location an identical three-star rating. Seventy-eight percent of 119 Urbanspooners recommend the Cactus Pear on Jefferson, and 76% of 135 additional Urbanspooners like the Kenwood bistro.
Chefs at Dos Amigos pride themselves on the extensive menu of traditional Mexican favorites, as well as their smattering of unique dishes that customers can rarely find elsewhere. In addition to classics such as succulent carnitas and vegetarian-friendly spinach enchiladas, they harness the natural sweetness of seafood to forge house specialties including lobster chimichangas and fried-shrimp burritos. This family-owned-and-operated eatery also makes it easy to bring the whole clan, allowing kids to eat for $1 on Thursdays and hosting a daily happy hour ideal for atoning after misplacing your in-laws again.