The culinary artists at Tortilla Flats serenade palates with an eclectic mix of both inventive and regionally authentic Mexican dishes. Tacos jaliscienses sweeten a beef-and-chorizo blend with pineapple and cabbage, and the molcajete flats ignite a flavor explosion of steak, grilled chicken, shrimp, and cactus in a housemade sauce. Early risers can sate morning cravings with breakfast specialties such as chorizo omelets or eggs with cactus and onions. Like a robot assembly manual written in invisible ink, the menu also presents a daunting challenge: the 2.5-pound burrito supreme stuffed with chicken, beans, rice, and lettuce, all buried under a generous helping of sauce, cheese, olives, guacamole, and sour cream. Tortilla Flats’ shareable Iguana margarita loosens inhibitions with 12 ounces of tequila and two Coronas.
More than 40 years after it started, Ricardo's Mexican Cocina still specializes in the classics. Behind the scenes, their chefs stuff traditional meats and cheeses inside tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. House favorites include the pan-fried New York pepper steak with sautéed mushrooms and bacon and the chile relleno grande—a cheese-stuffed anaheim chile that's dipped in egg batter, fried, and doused with salsa. All of this is served within a casual dining room with south-of-the-border charm, including exposed red bricks, brightly patterned banquettes, and a cluster of cacti outside the entrance that subliminally reminds diners to drink all their water.
It is not just the pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas that keep guests coming back to Pete's Restaurant and Brewhouse and Original Pete's—the handcrafted beers also play a major role, quenching thirsts with flavors ranging from the Uptown blonde’s light layers of honey to the highly hoppy profile of the Skinner’s Horse IPA. Pete’s team keeps meals in balance by offering food-and-beer-pairing suggestions, assuring diners that the Midtown ale harmonizes with fish tacos and that the Old Town red—a malty, medium-bodied amber ale—improves coordination for slam-dunking meatballs.
Whipping up delectable dishes that douse the fiery appetites of any appetite resembling that of a grizzly on fire, Black Bear Diner has served as a favorite eating abode of satisfied patrons since 1995. Homestyle eats are paired with top-notch service to provide an enjoyable dining destination that has spawned more than 40 Black Bear Diner locations nationwide. Large portions are offered on mountainous lunch and dinner menus full of tantalizing, smile-inducing flavors. Try the tri-tip dip sandwich with grilled onions, mushrooms, and swiss cheese ($9.49), the slow-cooked pot roast ($9.99), or Bob's big bear burger ($9.99), all of which will give your taste buds something to write home about besides their usual sappy drivel about their girlfriends, your teeth. Additionally, an impressive breakfast menu showcasing items such as the huge Bigfoot chicken-fried steak and eggs ($10.99) is offered all day, ensuring a solid meal for later risers and recovery-dodging egg addicts.
Utensils have it easy at AJ’s Sandwiches. From time to time, forks may get called upon to dig through one of the shop’s fresh salads. Other than that, though, it’s all hands. Visitors wrap their paws around slices of freshly baked artisan breads that bookend popular creations, such as The Godfather, whose family of ingredients includes oven-roasted turkey, zesty peso, and melted provolone. Aside from sandwiches, all-natural ground beef burgers keep hands full, too. The Marysville Rodeo, for instance, combines breakfast and lunch into one savory stack, with a sunny side-up egg and bacon heaped upon a half-pound of beef. For do-it-yourself diners, AJ’s also offers a “Build Your Own” menu, though the shop does not supply the bolt of lightning needed to make sandwiches think.
Mammoth portions of sandwiches, comfort fare and classic breakfasts test table strength within the log-cabin interior of Lumberjacks Restaurant. After perusing the lengthy menu, patrons can gaze up at the towering façade of roasted turkey clubs ($8.99), whose three layers of toast house bacon, american cheese, lettuce and tomato. A chili burger ($8.99), topped with cheddar and onions, doffs its uppermost bun to chivalrously greet suiting mouths. A slow-braised post roast with vegetables and gravy ($12.99) assumes its honored position among dinner entrees, arriving at tables with a choice of a side as well as soup or a custom-made lettuce amalgamation from the salad bar.