Rough wood walls and exposed brick-and mortar accents frame wood-topped tables at Sante Fe Cattle Company, lending it the look of an Old West ranch or corner saloon. Behind walls covered with western movie posters and cowboy portraits, the kitchen staff cuts steaks by hand, commands yeast rolls to rise, and builds sauces from scratch instead of melting them from freeze-dried blocks. The kitchen follows precise family recipes to grace tabletops with a menu of southern-style favorites, such as hickory-smoked ribs, chicken-fried steak, and fried catfish fillets. Live music fills the room on certain nights, and mist fans on the outdoor patio cool people off after a long day on the range or singing about spending the days on one.
Clad in floppy sombrero, the Carlos cartoon crawfish leans fearlessly against his cactus, a plateful of steaming Mexican food in hand for all to see. This emblem is an apt evocation of the eatery's culinary aesthetic––traditional Mexican dishes kicked up a notch with Cajun flair. Sure, the restaurant keeps things authentic with cheesy enchiladas and chili rellenos, but along with chicken or steak, skilled chefs insulate tortillas with bayou-style crawfish, shrimp, and even crab. Margaritas help to soothe mouths after spoonfuls of spice, as do imported beers and tongue massages administered with aromatic guacamole.
At Rocco's New Orleans Style Poboys & Cafe, chef Troy Moreau channels Big Easy culinary traditions into a menu rife with po boys and Cajun dishes. Each po boy begins with classic french bread that, like a spit-roasted marshmallow Peep, has a crisp crust and a light, airy interior. The roast-beef po boy drips with homemade brown gravy ($9.49 for a whole), and the frito's Cajun-spiced fried-chicken po boy ($8.99 for a whole) brims with piquant flavors. In keeping with tradition, chefs dress all po boys with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and pickles. Chicken-and-sausage gumbo ($3.99 for a cup) and a basket of crispy fried shrimp quell seafood cravings in tandem with fries and hush puppies ($9.99). The eatery's TVs light up with high-octane sporting events or adrenaline-pumping home-shopping programs as fans sip Miller Lite and Killian's brews.
El Paso Mexican Grill's menu of more than 100 dishes is formidable—luckily you don't have to settle on just one. There are plenty of opportunities to sample several of the restaurant's specialties. Take the Plato El Paso, for example, which includes a chile relleno, a beef tostada, a beef enchilada, a beef taco, a burrito, and a flauta. There are plentiful combo platters as well for customers who find it tough to choose between items like tamales, chalupas, and quesadillas, though those ready to commit to a single dish won't go wrong either. Entrees include such delectable items as barbecue-chicken quesadillas and a whole-fried fish marinated in house spices.
With a commitment to flavorful, bayou-infused cuisine, Joe's Dreyfus Store Restaurant upholds the traditions of warmth and hospitality established during its past life as Civil War-era general store. A bevy of buxom burgers and poboys ($4.95–$13.95) sing a lunchtime siren's song that leaves taste buds enthralled. When Richter-level rumbles leave stomachs shaking from want, dinner options like the timelessly glamorous oysters Rockefeller ($12.95) or the 21-day aged filet mignon ($26.95) provide more replete repasts.
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