Lined with lively Mexican tiles, The Border's alluring front door welcomes patrons to a spacious, two-story dining fortress filled with the aroma of authentic Mexican cuisine and enough spectral colors to build several dozen rainbows. Diners seated at a table, in a brightly painted booth, or underneath one of the bar's plush stools enjoy classic dishes such as crisp tacos, hearty burritos, and sizzling fajitas. Cool sips of a margarita, some sangria, or a draft or bottled beer hydrate throats parched from proclaiming the true meaning of the framed photos and art peppering The Border's vibrant walls. When the weather isn't too frightful, guests can enjoy their comestibles outdoors on the fully shaded patio or in a partially shaded area enclosed by mural-decorated walls. The Border also hosts weekly events, including trivia on Monday and karaoke on Thursday.
Margaritas Mexican Cantina hardly needs a sign to identify itself. The exterior shouts its affiliations with a tableaux of brightly colored murals depicting margarita glasses, limes, and cacti. This same vibrant motif of orange and lime-green hues sprawls across the interior, highlighting the spacious restaurant's Mexican-themed decor and lending crucial context for the sombrero-wearing diners. Piping-hot platters of enchiladas, tacos, and quesadillas cover wooden tables as friendly waiters deliver glasses brimming with house margaritas. Back at the fully stocked bar, bartenders pour out an array of tequilas, such as Patrón and Don Julio, and top off beer glasses with a selection of domestic and imported brews. Flat-screen TVs add another layer of illumination to the interior of the cantina, while on the covered outdoor patio, diners relax beneath strings of lights.
Cartoon skulls color the ragged wooden sign outside Matador's, creating a rustic, yet playful, atmosphere where cuisine from the Michoacán region treats taste buds to an authentic taste of Mexico. Pulled pork, tilapia, and tofu are just a sample of what's stuffed into the tortillas of 14 types of tacos, which sate south-of-the-border cravings quicker than a deep-fried bolo tie. Combination plates and vegetarian options round out the menu at the restaurant's two locations, both of which offer spacious patio seating. At the newer Glenwood Park location, patrons can relax in a separate bar area as flat-screen TVs glimmer across intoxicating bottles of top-shelf spirits.
At Perla Taqueria, chef Lotfi Chabaane puts a contemporary twist on a wide variety of tacos and other traditional Mexican dishes. With the welcome mat placed outside until 11 p.m., Perla Taqueria sates crowds of lingering lunchers and late-night munchers with 15 different tacos, such as the blackened salmon with citrus slaw, buttermilk fried chicken with caramelized onions and peppers, and the Mediterranean-Mexican falafel taco with guacamole. The tilapia taco?mingling with mango, onions, jalape?os, cucumbers, lime, cilantro, and jicama?pairs well with a bottle of Jarritos, as do the burritos and homemade chips.
An electric neon sign draws passersby inside this festive Mexican diner, where rustic décor surrounds savory dishes arrayed on tables. Flat-screen televisions offer the only hint the modern world still exists, as exposed brick walls, rough stone borders, and dark-brown tile distract diners from passing cars, smartphone screens, and androids comparing memory banks. On the restaurant's outdoor patio, patrons dine on traditionally prepared steaks, fluffy tortilla shells, and rich sauces while basking in the sunlight.
Locos Grill & Pub's hearty menu tickles the tummies of patty-craving patrons with any one of its nine specialty hamburgers within the familiarity of a laid-back neighborhood setting. Diners swamped in hunger can zoom free on a blackened Bayou burger cloaked in hot sauce, armored in monterey jack, and propelled by a fan of sautéed onion ($8.99). Chorizo burgers set mouths aflame with pico de gallo and a spicy chipotle sauce ($8.99), and the El Dorado yields its treasure of bacon, egg, mayo, and cheese ($9.49). Basted with a hoisin and soy-sauce glaze, the spicy thai burger spans culture gaps, much like the first towns of the American West, on a sturdy bridge of beef ($8.99).