Pepitos' band of salsa-crafting chefs arranges a menu of crispy tortillas bearing fresh vegetables and grilled meats steeped in authentic Mexican flavor. Bites of carne asada steak, chicken, or al pastor pork fill the toasted pockets of tacos, tostadas, and enchiladas in the Three Amigos platter, and layers of red or green chili sauce, sour cream, and guacamole help insulate the ranchero burrito's corn-flour sleeping bag. While nachos and quesadillas fill out the classic Mexican entrees, Pepitos also prepares edible arthropods to crackle and pop on skillets of shrimp fajitas or hang off glass rims in large shrimp cocktails. Diners can season their meal with a salsa bar stocked with freshly made mixtures or toast a successful panda birth with glasses of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot, or white zinfandel.
The chefs at Alicia's Mexican Food & Fruteria ladle tongue-igniting chili sauces over tortillas enveloping fresh meats. Early risers energize for the day ahead with omelets and huevos rancheros, and the afternoon heralds arrivals of quesadillas and burritos. Smoothies and juices temper spicy heat in refreshing fruit combinations, such as a melding of pineapple, mango, coconut, and banana in the Alicia's juice. The eatery also offers catering services to fill scores of bellies at corporate events or birthday parties for piñatas' rights activists.
After the popularity of Anabella and Salvador Corona?s first El Pollo Norteno restaurant in Santa Ana, they began to expand to more locations, each of which serves healthy, homestyle Mexican food. Mesquite charcoal heightens the flavors of charbroiled-chicken dishes, and catering trays liven up parties otherwise filled with awkward silences. Family packs of dinners, along with tacos, burritos, and quesadillas a la carte, feed the entire family.
Settle into the capacious dining area and notice how the colors on the walls perfectly match the salsa, likely meaning it's possible to dip chips in the walls. Snap back to reality and get to appetizing with a pair chicken or steak flautas with chipotle dipping sauce ($6.35) or some carnitas nachos ($4.95). Big burritos comprise the core of the menu—nab the steak species to taste queso fresco and grilled bell pepper ($7.95), the fish to taste chimayo tartar and mahimahi ($7.95), or the California veggie with zucchini and avocado to keep it strictly unmeaty ($5.70). If you prefer unwrapped eats, opt for a shrimp taco ($3.50), the cheese enchiladas ($5.95), or a combination of entrees ($8.99+). Those dining during dinner will receive a free flan for dessert.
At La Terraza Mexican Grill & Bar, talented chefs conjure up delectable medleys of Mexican flavors made from preservative-free, all-natural ingredients. Mouthwatering burritos and crispy tacos bulge with fresh, never-frozen meats, ensuring that taste buds swoon under the spell of farm-fresh chicken and beef ladled with salsa made fresh daily. Terracotta tile, bright yellows, and effervescent greens color La Terraza’s vibrant interior and full bar, providing a bright background for their sweet-and-salty margaritas. An outdoor patio aerates overheated palates and shelters patrons with bright red and yellow umbrellas.
A burger, a hotdog, and chili are usually separate meals, but not at Spoons Grill & Bar. Its Macho Burger is a combination of all three: a beef patty topped with a split hotdog, a heap of chili, some cheese, and barbecue sauce for good measure. However, it's a meaty diversion from the rest of Spoons' Tex Mex?style menu, which is focused on tacos and sizzling fajitas. While diners dig into such feasts, Spoons' giant high-def TVs air sporting events. Those just visiting Santa Ana, meanwhile, can order meals delivered straight to their hotel rooms daily until 10 p.m., meaning they won't have to eat the complimentary bars of soap.