Senor Tomas’s dining room—aptly titled the Blue Room—houses walls, tables, and chairs blanketed in blue hues and golden suns inspired by the art of Frida Kahlo. The Alarcon Family complements their eatery’s festive decor with an eclectic menu of family burrito, enchiladas, and fish recipes. Guavas grown in a volcanic region are churned into a paste and infused with ginger before chefs slather the sauce over salmon or tilapia for a burst of flavor. They also grill steak over an open flame and douse the slab in a roasted ranchero sauce to stuff into the el ranchero burrito. After meals, patrons can wander into the adjacent room and gaze at the work of local artists and crafts from Latin America, or take a short hot-air-balloon ride upstairs to the café and sip margaritas and custom martinis.
Though the vibrant crimson walls and the flat screens in the bar area fight for it, it's the rich red and green enchilada sauces at Salsa Cafe and Cantina's that steal diners' attention. The sense parade continues into the more subdued dining room, where freshly made guacamole with a secret blend of seasonings builds excitement for the meal ahead. The menu features traditional favorites, such as the slow-cooked and seasoned Mexican-style carnitas, but it also weaves creative Latin flavors into dishes such as the Venezuelan hot dog with cabbage and crushed potato chips, and embellishes American tastes with a trio of burgers. Meal encores take the form of red velvet cake, cinnamon crispies, and Chocolate Rage cake, the only known cure for Hulk rampages. Such innovative fare has not gone unnoticed in the community—Carol Deptola from the Journal Sentinel raves about the dishes in her three-star review.
Beneath the glow of warm lights, Casa Tequila delights taste buds with the vivacious flavors of authentic Mexican dishes. Chefs draw on fresh ingredients and produce exclusively, ensuring that every dish is free of packaged sauces and Lincoln Logs. Sauciers prepare guacamole before tables, and the restaurant's many flat screen TVs fill the space between bites with UW Badger and Green Bay Packer games. A full bar, replete with imported beer, margaritas, and daily specials, keeps spirits merry and coasters employed.
Every Friday at The Spot on Sunset, diners flock to this neighborhood eatery for the weekly fish fry. Crispy batter covers tender fish filets and french fries fill the air with salty aromas. If you're keen on the fish fry but want a healthier option, the waiters at The Spot are eager to please. Customers praise their willingness to swap out the fries with fresh fruit including watermelon, pineapple, and cantaloupe. Once you've gotten hooked on the fish, come back any day of the week for a selection of cheeseburgers, salad, and local beers.
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Punctuated by festive colors, a plentiful bar, and ample outdoor seating, La Chimenea's two locations put diners in the mood to celebrate. Owner Hector Jimenez—who also has a website dedicated to healthy Mexican food—offers dishes that run the gamut of Mexican staples. Menu items include homemade guacamole and sirloin-steak fajitas, along with more innovative creations, such as the specialty chilies en Nogada, which fills two poblano peppers with ground beef, peaches, apples, and nuts before slathering it all in a creamy cashew sauce. At the bar, a variety of tequilas anoint lime, strawberry, or raspberry margaritas, and patio seating keeps the seasons at bay with a fire pit during the winter months and a restaurant-sized snow globe over the summer.