Los Jalapenos cofounders Gustavo Salazar and Walter Eguez fill their menu with revamped family recipes from Mexico and South America. They marinate pork ribs with a tequila-based chipotle barbecue sauce, stuff shrimp in chimichangas, and serve the house special burrito with a side of cheese for dipping. Salazar and Eguez also put their own twist on American dishes, topping the southwest fiesta pizza with cheese dip, chicken, and pico de gallo and crafting a macho burger out of 10 layers—roughly the thickness of a college dorm-room mattress—including a beef patty, chicken breast, chorizo, bacon, and cheese dip.
Festive decor and a fun atmosphere heighten the other colorful accents at La Fogata Grill, where the chefs create tasty Mexican favorites. Guests can sip margaritas and Mexican beers while munching on authentic Mexican food such as enchiladas, tamales, and various seafood dishes.
The chefs at Senor Tequilas pay homage to traditional Mexican fare, crafting satisfying dishes such as mole-topped chicken enchiladas and crispy chimichangas. House specialties include the carnitas michoacan, morsels of slow-cooked pork served with flour tortillas, rice, refried beans, and pico de gallo. Staffers deliver lunch plates filled with the likes of pollo a la chipotle, which features grilled chicken simmered in a piquant chipotle sauce. The menu also offers more than 20 combination platters for diners who prefer to sample several items or test whether or not a taco will fit inside a chile relleno.
Diners can relax in cushioned booths with wood detailing and watch one of several televisions as servers pour cold draft beer and margaritas at the wooden bar.
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).
Cuisine Type: Authentic Mexican
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: Enjoy our delicious street tacos, burritos, and much more
Surrounded by the brightly colored furnishings of the cozy dining room, eating at El Tacoriendo feels like sitting down to a family meal. The diner, helmed by a husband and wife team, specializes in hearty portions of homestyle Mexican comfort food and traditional street tacos. Platters spill over with chilaquiles covered in homemade sauce or huevos rancheros for breakfast, or authentic Mexican favorites, such as fajitas served with a rainbow of bell peppers during lunch or dinner. To add a sweet note to meals, the kitchen whips up classic flan and keeps a handful of Mexican sodas, such as Jarritos and Sidral, on hand.
The flavors of Mexico City get an inventive reboot at Cantina Laredo, which has specialized in modern Mexican cuisine since 1984. Over the decades, Catina Laredo locations have spread to numerous states, countries, and at least two planes of reality. Classic dishes fill the menu, including guacamole prepared tableside and hand-rolled enchiladas stuffed with everything from Angus beef to avocado and artichokes. At the same time, the chefs elevate and refine traditional flavors by creating chicken fajitas with bacon, mushrooms, and chipotle-wine sauce and filling tortas with slow-roasted pork, apricot spread, goat cheese, and fried egg.
As for drink pairings, the Casa Rita?Cantina Laredo's signature margarita?is versatile, its classic version including silver tequila with Cointreau and fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juice. Diners can customize their drink by adding flavors such as mango or tamarind into the mix.