No Name Tortilla Grill's menu lassos in passersby with traditional south-of-the-border fare. Bite into a burly burrito packed with flavorful fillings, such as veggies, steak, ground beef, pulled turkey, or grilled chicken ($6.49–$8.99), or nosh on a leafy salad served in a homemade tortilla bowl and topped with a choice of prime proteins ($6.79–$7.99). Eager eaters can quell hunger with the chicken torta, an 8-inch flatbread pizza with grilled chicken, rice, beans, sauteed veggies, and pico de gallo, covered in melted cheese ($6.79). Strengthen the stomach’s relationship with tortillas by gnawing on a quesadilla ($7.49–$7.99), fajita ($9.49–$9.99), and taco ($3.89), or by partnering up in a three-legged race. Keep lonely meals company with a side of tortilla chips, which arrive with most entrees, and nimbly scoop complimentary homemade salsa or judgmental guacamole ($0.99).
Bartenders fill shakers with icy pomegranate and Midori margaritas. Servers deliver cast-iron skillets sizzling with spicy chicken fajitas and barbecue-pork-stuffed quesadillas. And in the kitchen, the cooks at Los Mariachis Bar and Grill craft a plethora of Mexican mainstays, including their signature soft tortillas and salsa verde. They pair these specialties with dishes such as crunchy tacos and fish burritos, which they fill with sautéed tilapia and avocado. Housemade fried ice creams finish off meals on a sweet note.
The cuisine isn't the restaurant's only draw. Red walls with colorful paintings of traditional Mexican vases give the eatery a warm atmosphere, which was even featured in the independent film Burial Boys. And, the outdoor patio boasts umbrella-topped tables for dining alfresco while keeping enchiladas out of sight of hungry paratroopers.
Coyote Flaco lights a fire in its diners' eyes and mouths through a multifarious menu of authentic Mexican eats. In the relaxed comfort of the outdoor patio, matador tongues become targets for the chorizo norteno ($7.99), a lushly layered dish featuring sautéed Spanish sausage blanketed by a chipotle and cactus sauce, and the carne a la tampiqueña ($16.99), a skirt steak framed by a palatable posse of rice, beans, sausage, guacamole and an enchilada suiza. The Coyote wrap ($11.99), one of Coyote Flaco’s signature menu items, boasts a Spanish flour tortilla stuffed with rice, black beans, cheese, pico de gallo, plus a choice of meats or vegetables. Amp up any Coyote Flaco feast with a liquid pairing such as margaritas by the glass or pitcher, and all talkative tablemates will be free to kick back, cheers, and dispel their fears of autonomous dancing hats.
At Jalisco Restaurant, the Rodriguez family whips up traditional Mexican dishes enhanced by fresh veggies, natural-aged cheeses, and homemade, preservative-free corn tortillas. Every day, chefs blend sauces and marinades from scratch to match with top sirloin steak, pork loin, and lamb shank, as well as ocean-fresh red snapper, prawns, scallops, and Dungeness crab. Crisp chips emerge from the fryer mere hours before appearing on tables to scoop up salsas or remnants of vegetarian burritos stuffed with cactus and black beans. Against a vibrant backdrop of yellow and adobe-colored walls, bartenders rim margarita glasses with salt and lime wedges or feed tropical cocktails to thirsty piñatas.
Since 1974, Viva Zapata’s interior has cloaked diners in rustic comfort, complete with brick walls and wooden beams from a 200-year-old barn. A suit of armor stands guard at the eatery’s entrance, scaring away door-to-door jousters but allowing all others to enter the softly lit dining area bedecked with Mexican tapestries and antiques. Candlelight flickers across wooden tables that support homemade enchiladas, burritos, and marinated steak flanked by grilled peppers and onions. Baskets of complimentary peanuts beckon guests to throw spent shells on the ground as they did in the days before legumes grew naturally in prepackaged canisters, and barrel lamps at the bar illuminate a selection of domestic and imported beers and freshly concocted margaritas.