The scent of sizzling steak wafts from the kitchen at Leno's Rico Taco, a cozy Mexican eatery located near Colton High School. The spot's cooks pile that steak into warm tortillas, pairing the tacos with chopped onions, cilantro, and pickled vegetables. Visitors place their orders at a counter, savoring the aroma of carne asada as they wait to hear their numbers called.
In 1975, Rosina Gallardo, a native of Zacatecas, Mexico, opened her first Amapola Rico Taco. Initially a drive-in, the eatery has since transformed into five restaurants with indoor seating and drive-thru windows. Rosina's dedication to popular and lesser-known Mexican flavors, however, remains unchanged. She fills burritos and soft-shell tacos with not only classic meats such as steak and pork, but also with goat, beef head, and beef tongue. Other Mexican staples such as cheese enchiladas and breakfast platters of huevos rancheros round out the menu.
After honing his sushi-making skills for decades at Sayaka Japanese Restaurant, Miguel opened his own restaurant with his own style of sushi. Sushi Miguel's Style means artful rolls topped with crumbled tempura placed delicately on a granite tabletop. Miguel's style is thick hand rolls bursting with spicy tuna and nigiri topped with bright-pink salmon and doused in tasty sauce, adding color and flavor to palates.
Fresh, handmade flour tortillas wrap vegetarian and meat-packed burritos at El Burrito #1, a family-owned and operated restaurant in business since 1957. Locally-sourced corn tortillas hold together enchiladas and tacos stuffed with fresh produce and meats sourced from other local businesses. When the weather is pleasant, visitors can place their orders at a walk-up window and settle in at one of 12 picnic tables positioned in the shade.
Tio’s flips inactive stomachs into full digestion mode with a menu of Mexican cooking designed to cure hunger from morning until night. Guests can subtly spice up evening dishes such as the two cheese enchiladas ($6.99) or the carne asada ($8.59) by adding hot sauce or reciting risqué historical limericks, or combine a jumbo bag of chips ($7) with hard-shell tacos ($2.09+), lovingly encasing tender beef, chicken, or carne asada. Despite all odds, beef tostadas ($4.99) successfully pair red meat and crispy tortillas, and a plate of huevos rancheros ($5.49) or a sausage burrito ($4.49) keeps morning appetites from commandeering the neighbor's waffle iron. Replete with cozy décor that reflects the owners’ heritage, Tio’s gives off tastily relaxed vibes.