Dos Primos Mexican Restaurant, named after the two legendary cousins who founded Mexico, brings spicy south-of-the-border cuisine to the table. Plates of tamales, chilaquiles, and fajitas flavored with peppers and salsas pair well with margaritas or a few bottles of Coors Light and Bud Light Lime. For dessert, the eatery’s chefs set out fried ice cream, sopaipillas, and flan.
At El Paisano, it?s not uncommon to spot a baby in a giant sombrero or a mariachi serenading a diner with a tiny trumpet. This lively Mexican eatery bustles with color and energy from morning until nightfall?particularly on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, when it plays host to live mariachi performances. Attentive servers bustle about the bright dining room, toting complimentary chips and salsa and giant frozen margaritas. Colorful hanging lights illuminate the festive tablecloths and Mexican murals that stretch across the walls.
Meanwhile, in the kitchen, seasoned chefs fold meats and seafood into authentic Mexican specialties?from cheesy chicken chilaquiles to creamy lobster enchiladas. To craft their specialty parrillada dish, they sizzle Spanish-style sausage, grilled steak, chicken breast, and bacon-wrapped jumbo shrimp on a crackling skillet. For dessert, the chefs eschew lackluster meal enders such as cheesecake bought from the store or plastic crumpets borrowed from a child?s tea set in favor of flan, tres leches cake, and other authentically prepared regional specialties.
When founders J. Kim Tucci, Joseph A. Fresta, and John P. Ferrara first opened The Pasta House Co. in 1974, they wanted to elevate pasta to an art form. ?Some artists sculpt, some paint, and some sketch,? they write on the restaurant?s website. ?But, at The Pasta House Co., we create authentic Italian culinary delights.? A few of the locations even have giant, exhibition kitchens so you can watch as pizzas, pastas, and entrees come to life.
Naturally, The Pasta House Co.?s menu revolves around the Italian staple from which it gets its name. There are more than 25 varieties of pasta to choose from, including linguine with chicken livers and the signature lasagna, plus weekday specials such as stuffed manicotti. Meanwhile, the mangia bene menu?which translates to ?eat well? in Italian?showcases the more wholesome side of Italian eating, with dishes low in fat and calories that won?t peer pressure you to break curfew.
If it weren?t for father-son duo Alan and Chuck Bush, Fuzzy?s Taco Shop might?ve closed its doors permanently in 2003. Instead, the two bought the restaurant from its then-owner, transforming the flagship Fort Worth location from faltering to bustling. They slowly started to franchise locations across the country, and, now, 60 restaurants dot 11 states. Each one serves up a menu of Baja-style Mexican food, including jumbo burritos, tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas.
San Jose Mexican Restaurante's generously stuffed burritos and sizzling fajitas won a favorable review from one St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer who described himself as "notoriously picky" about Mexican food. Diners can devour the writer's recommended specialties, or opt for steak platters, vegetarian potato quesadillas, and tilapia tacos.