Tortilla Flats tempts tasters with an alluring melting pot of classic Mexican eats, peppered with hints of Cajun and southwestern cuisine. Lunch and dinner patrons can sup on an eclectic array of quesadillas, sandwiches, salads, classic Mexican combination plates, and entrees. Debate the anatomical impossibilities of an order of wild boar wings (plain, buffalo, or barbecue style, $8.99) before moving on to heartier fare such as the cowboy steak tips ($14.99) or the habanero mac 'n' cheese ($13.99). Combinations of tacos, burritos, tamales, and enchiladas tantalize statisticians with a bevy of possibilities ($7.95–$9.95), and blackened catfish Naw Leens ($13.95) and Bayou Crawdad cakes ($9.50) transport taste buds to the murky environs of Cajun country, replete with Zydeco-blasting tooth accordions.
Caribbean transplant Steven Correa brings tropical tastes stateside with Aruba Steve’s eclectic menu of savory Caribbean cuisine. Diners can prime palates with small bites such as the Jamaican jerk chicken skewers served with mango salsa ($5) or a 6-inch pulled-pork pizza ($6.95). Meanwhile, the blackened mahi BLT ($9.95) unites surf ‘n’ turf, with crispy bacon and mahi-mahi served open-faced together with a spicy aioli skilled in land-sea conflict resolution. The chicken caesar burrito ($7.95) wraps a crisp salad in a soft-shell tortilla, and the Aru-BQ dog ($4.95) adorns a juicy hot dog with bacon, cheddar, and barbecue sauce. Dinner comes with a serenade of live music three nights a week, and visitors can show off their brainpower or wombat mating calls at weekly trivia and open mic nights.
You would be hard pressed to find a can opener anywhere in the kitchen of Cilantro Mexican Grill. That's because the restaurant's chefs don't need one; they only cook with fresh ingredients. A typical day in their kitchen sees the chefs mashing the nutty flesh of ripe avocados into guacamole, slicing fresh tortillas to be fried and sprinkled with lime juice, and grilling adobo-seasoned chicken, steak, and fresh line-caught Atlantic pollock purchased from local fisherman at the docks of Point Judith, Rhode Island. Local growers get in on the action too, supplying the kitchen with tomatoes and onions. All five locations serve mason jar margaritas and craft beers with the Cranston location finding patrons sipping one of 20+ brews.
If your diet of boiled cauliflower and dry-curd cottage cheese has left you hungry for habanero-inspired anything, plunge a warm tortilla chip into the depths of the seven-layer dip ($8.99), or try the spicy shrimp "snake bite" poppers ($8.99), crisp fried jalapeño poppers stuffed with shrimp and cheese. Cactus Grille's extensive entree selection includes bejazzled burgers and other hand-held delights, such as the chipotle bacon cheeseburger ($8.49), smothered with chipotle mayo sauce, or the salmon chimichanga ($14.99) with poblano molé sauce. Other enticing options include Cactus's house-specialty barbecue ribs ($13.99 for a half rack), slow-cooked and doused with the house Mayan barbecue sauce, or the DIY filet dinner ($18.99), wherein sliced portions of filet pre-cooked rare arrives at your table along with a sizzling cast-iron platter that allows you to sear the meat to your desired degree of doneness. Mexican-dining traditionalists will enjoy the selection of burritos, enchiladas, tacos, and fajitas, while dessert-inclined diners will find solace from the fiery fare in the southern plantation key lime pie ($4.95) or cheesecake chimichanga ($4.95).
Tierra Restaurant & Lounge grounds high-flying appetites with a savory menu of Spanish, Italian, and Latin cuisine. Celebrate the recent discovery of seafood by digging into shellfish options such as shrimp swimming laps in extra-virgin olive oil zested with garlic and spices ($7) or a generous pile of pan-fried calamari rings cozily marinating on a mild-and-hot pepper bed ($7). The baked paella bursts from kitchen confines to bedazzle diners with a gentle army of scallops, clams, mussels, and half a lobster, as well as chorizo and chicken, all baked together with Tierra’s moist saffron rice ($19). Tierra's lunch menu addresses midday cravings with afternoon delights including pizza margherita ($10) and caesar salad ($7).
The seasoned chefs at Mosaic Latin American Bistro craft dinner and lunch menus brimming with a diverse array of Latin American–inspired dishes with contemporary twists. Commence chew-infused chats over a savory pollo con mole ($19), a grilled swordfish swimming through sundried tomatoes and kalamata olives ($22), or a tangy seafood stew the Puerto Ricans call asopao ($25). The Chile-born empanada boasts a braised slab of beef serenading olives and raisins within homemade flaky dough ($6), and the pupusa enswathes house-smoked pulled pork, mango slaw, and black beans within white corn cakes ($11). Or eschew meat altogether for a plantain-encrusted tortas de frijoles ($19) or lechuga mixta salads ($7). A slew of sandwiches stuffed with flank steak, wild boar, pork shoulder, and more ($8–$12) satiates noontime crowds.