The menu features Mexican staples such as tacos and fajitas side by side with American favorites such as pizza and cheeseburgers, proving that nothing unites differing factions like the gooey brotherhood of coagulated milk protein. Start the meal by plowing through a plate of gigantic nachos, a foot-tall mound of fresh seasoned tortilla chips, melted queso, shredded lettuce, jalapenos, sour cream, and tomatoes ($7.99). For an appetizing non-appetizer, order a pair of tacos that can be stuffed with barbacoa, carnitas, chorizo, or even seasoned gyro meat ($7.99–8.99). The southwestern burger (avocado, pepper jack cheese, and chipotle sauce on a half-pound patty; $7.99) and a spectrum of eight pizzas—heaped with toppings such as spicy shrimp, pesto chicken, and feta cheese—provide tasty north-of-the-border alternatives ($9.99).
The seating at Señor Patrón is etched with brightly colored images of desserts, fruit, suns, and cowboys, playing off the hot-pink walls and colorful plates of Mexican fare. Inspired by the first Señor Patrón restaurant, which was founded in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco in 1935, the electric color scheme was chosen to pay homage to the rich colonial architecture, mariachi music, and cuisine that sets the area apart. In neutral contrast, Señor Tequilas has wood-grained walls and is highlighted by a bar with a high-gloss finish. While fitting that a place named after a liquor has a bar as its focal point, the classic enchiladas, burritos, and quesadillas that emerge from the kitchen remind guests that it’s also an ideal spot to see piñatas eating in their natural habitat.
Since opening in 1968, Talitas Mexican Kitchen has used the recipes passed down from the grandmother of cofounder Talita Arroyo Prince to make distinctive Tex-Mex dishes. Patrons stop in for items ranging from mexican chimichangas to arroz con pollo, as well as fusions such as tex-mex chili-topped spaghetti. Though the founders—Talita and her husband Tony Neno Prince—have passed away, their children, grandchildren, and holographic avatars keep the restaurant's 40+ year family tradition going.
Louie's Grill Fusion jazzes up everyday meals with south-of-the-border flavors from Mexico and Cuba that rouse snoozing, spice-craving taste buds. Dip a toe in the meal fountain with appetizers such as fried plantains ($5.49) or a towering plate of nachos ($6.99), or dive right in with a Fiesta burger ($9.79), a half pounder topped with fried onions, slivered avocado, and chipotle ranch with a side of sweet potato fries.
Mango's Mexican Grill and Bar's multitudinous menu of Mexican staples mixed with American favorites sates bellies with fresh tortillas and the delicious fillings that accompany them. Prime the palate with extreme nachos ($8.59) or Mango's taters, potato skins topped with steak or chicken, bacon, cheese, and more ($8.97). Starch-swathed staples include the burrito mexicano ($8.97) and the chori pollo platillo, a platter of grilled chorizo sausage and chicken topped with melted cheese ($9.89). Picky palates might enjoy a simple cheeseburger ($6.89), and culinary connoisseurs may prefer to abandon their PBJ-BLT hybrids in favor of the pollo ala pasta, breaded chicken breast stuffed with onion, cilantro, avocado, and cheese laid to rest on a bed of pasta teeming with veggies and chipotle-ranch sauce ($9.29).