Long before their doors open, chefs at The Awful Waffle start preparing another day’s worth of fresh batter and dough to fry in the kitchen’s hot griddles. They pile their waffles with fresh, not frozen, toppings, including fresh fruit, ice cream, and elegant puffs of handmade vanilla whipped cream. They can also craft crepe bases from circles of warm, flaky dough, and sprinkle specialty waffles in crushed graham crackers and Oreos. A savory menu of waffles and fries accommodates clients who never got their sweet teeth back from the tooth fairy, despite all their calls and letters.
The crafty cooks at Pistol Pete’s infuse lives and entrees with the spice and flair of Mexico and the American Southwest. Diners prime peaked taste buds for main events with chips mingled in freshly made salsa ($2.98) before diving into an entree from the menu of Tex-Mex staples. Sizzling chicken or steak fajitas issue tableside pops and crackles reminiscent of fireside cooking or tap-dance recitals in active volcanoes ($9.99), and enchiladas ($7.48–$7.98) and tacos ($7.28–$7.58) combine toothsome meats and cheeses in styles including Nogales (traditional Mexican) and Arizona (southwestern). High-flying meals come in for a safely delicious landing on runways of homemade caramel flan ($2.87). The chefs at Pistol Pete’s prepare their own signature corn tortillas, made fresh on-site each day with the dough-clapping skills of a team of former professional applauders. Fare is complemented by the verdant offerings of a salsa bar stocked with a host of dressings all made from original recipes unique to Pistol Pete’s.
In business more than 30 years, La Frontera prepares an authentic menu of Mexican dishes using select ingredients, homespun recipes, and fresh hand-rolled tortillas. Kick off savory adventuring with chips and salsa made from scratch daily ($2–$2.50), or dive in with Frontera nachos, a mishmash of meat, veggies, beans, jalapeños, guacamole, and sour cream ($8.75). The chili platter boasts a lineup of red or green chili, beans, rice, salad, and two tortillas ($7.75), and the renowned chili verde, made fresh every morning, slathers savory cuts throughout the menu.
Like the earliest alchemists, 501 On Main's Chef Andrew Sargent transforms organic and local produce into gourmet fare worth its weight in edible gold. After he puts the finishing touches on ratatouille, diners can knock down each layer of marinara-infused squash, eggplant, and red pepper in a controlled fork demolition. Fresh from the ocean, deep-sea scallops rest on beds of squash purée and braised leek, and grilled salmon burgers coexist with red onions and herbs between a toasted ciabatta roll. Chef Sargent also creates a unique dish for every night, forgoing the need to make meals exclusive by stamping them with the day's date. The eatery's interior matches the menu's casual yet elegant feel, offering high ceilings, huge windows on every wall, and hanging lights that fill the room with more warmth than a hanging coal furnace.
Terraces of tortillas tower over simmering mole, a special recipe that has been passed down for three generations, on tables in the 15-year-old eatery with a family atmosphere. Here, in Blue Iguana's kitchens, Chef Castillo imparts the culinary arts of the Aztec empire to his team of cooks using his knowledge of Chihuahua, Mexico. In this province, families fiercely guard such traditions to honor their forebears and preserve their culture's legacy for future generations. Castillo specializes in mole recipes, which teem with rich ingredients such as chocolate, almonds, and pumpkin seeds. Guests seeking a lighter meal can customize tacos with a choice of more than 10 fillings, including grilled yellowfin, charbroiled sirloin, sautéed mushrooms, and spicy pork chorizo. The margaritas are mixed with the restaurant's brimming top-shelf tequilas such as Patron Silver and Don Julio. Diners can also visit the Park City location for breakfast dishes.
Reyes Adobe Restaurant composes scratch-made Mexican dishes of homemade corn tortillas and fresh ingredients for lunch and dinner. Dining duos can bite into appetizers such as quesadillas, nachos, or chicken taquitos, or opt to feed each other bites while other diners look on in quiet wonder at the teamwork on display. After sharing a starter, each diner mollify piqued taste buds with an entree, which range from the tender steak pieces of the carne asada plate to the tightly wrapped tidings of a bean and cheese burrito or grilled shrimp burrito. Chicken tortilla soup soothes south-of-the-border souls, while the taco fajita salad is the result of a standoffish taco opening up at last to offer diners a lettuce-filled embrace. Conclude the feast with the sweet flavors of flan, a mexican tart, or with the deliciously contrasting flavor notes of deep-fried ice cream.
Burritos. Fajitas. Enchiladas. The chefs at Cafe Silvestre make them all, plating hearty portions of Mexican standbys that each pack a flavorful, spice-filled punch. Like a Norman Rockwell painting of kids playing video games, the menu keeps an eye on tradition while catering to modern American tastes, with Mexican feasts of huevos rancheros and chorizo tostadas served alongside jalapeño poppers and sirloin steaks with fries.