Salsa Fresca Mexican Grill emphasizes freshness in each taco, burrito, and quesadilla, filling dishes with locally sourced ingredients and house-made salsas that range from mild sweet chipotle to hot fire-roasted jalapeño and tomato dip. A smattering of wood-topped tables populate the crimson- and cream-hued eatery. The eco-conscious business packs up patrons' leftovers in compostable corn based to-go containers, and the delivery person carts food in a banana-yellow Smart car.
Blue and yellow walls alternate with stone accents and Mexican flags at Cinco De Mayo, calling to mind the fun and vibrant atmosphere of a celebration. The food—which includes slow-roasted tacos al pastor and guacamole made fresh tableside—fits right in, especially when paired with an ice-cold margarita made from real Mexican tequila. Guests can settle in for lunch or dinner to enjoy Mexican favorites such as quesadillas, fajitas, and burritos, along with more innovative creations such as camarones amarrados—cheese-stuffed jumbo shrimp wrapped in a crispy piece of bacon.
At Que Chula es Peubla, a parade of friendly servers carts out plates laden with torta de milanesas, burritos, tacos, grilled pork chops, and steaks. Live musicians and a sunny surrounding of murals, red tile accents, and adobe-colored walls make for a charming atmosphere, perfect for sipping frosty margaritas and chowing down on fajitas and chicken mole.
Trumpet blasts sail though Hacienda Mexicali Mexican Restaurant’s terracotta archways and soar beneath exposed beams before bounding off walls festooned with colorful mosaics. It’s the weekend, and the mariachi band has just begun to play, the sounds of their instruments mingling with the sounds of laughter and clinking cocktail glasses. Amid the merriment, diners devour plates of fresh guacamole, ranchero steak, and mussels in streams of herbed white-wine sauce. Meals conclude with strawberries and cream or deep-fried ice cream finalized tableside.
Though the culinary focus at Olé Olé Restaurant is largely Mexican, the restaurant's chefs also draw inspiration from cuisines across North America, Europe, and Asia. North America, Europe, and Asia. Mexican favorites such as tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas rest side-by-side with creative dishes like Adobe Pork and creamy Italian pastas.
To complement these diverse offerings, the eatery's bartenders dole out frosty Mexican beers, international wines, and specialty drinks including fruity sangria and tart pomegranate margaritas. Tabletops as colorful as these cocktails decorate the festive space, which also features artwork from local artists and festive music creating an ideal backdrop.
At Badlands Tacos, diners are transported to the titular locale upon gazing at the eatery's southwestern decor. Cow skulls adorned with feathers and bright ceramic art festoon the umber-colored walls. From behind a walk-up counter, a chalkboard menu displays an array of Mexican tacos, chimichangas, and 11 kinds of enormous burritos filled with fixings such as flank steak, cilantro, and guacamole. Badlands Tacos offers booths and tables at their BYOB restaurant, outdoor seating, catering for special occasions, or take-out to feed pet llamas hidden under the porch.
The experienced chefs at Sentrista sear and sizzle a variety of mastication masterpieces ranging from steaks and sandwiches to seafood selections. Explore the tasty pastures of the lunch menu, which is filled with sandwiches, such as the chicken parmigiana ($6.95) and the quarter-pound cheeseburger ($6.95), as well as midday versions of dinnertime favorites. The dinner menu tests hypothalamus gland's ability to control hunger and fight off preentree naps with appetizers including classic or buffalo style crispy calamari ($10.95) or Maryland-style crab cakes served with house-made rémoulade ($10.95). Orifice-dwelling canines can bark furiously before chomping on unadulterated slabs of protein, such as the sizzlin' NY strip ($19.95 12 oz.; $23.95 16 oz.) and filet mignon ($19.95 8 oz.; $25.95 12 oz.), or on an oceanic treat such as lobster mac 'n' cheese (starting at $12.95) or grilled salmon ($23.95). The eatery also houses a full bar that showcases an expansive wine list and more than 25 domestic and imported beers, great for washing down a hearty meal on the outdoor patio or soothing mouths after a fire-swallowing seminar.