At Cozumel Grill & Tequila Bar, good food, drinks, and entertainment reward diners drawn in by the bright, laid-back atmosphere. While diners nosh on spicy barbecue wings, bartenders put out mouth fires with 40 domestic and imported beer selections and 30 types of tequila, along with a lineup of frozen drinks and specialty cocktails. Chefs bake corn tortilla-based chicken or beef enchiladas with cheese and ranchero sauce, and satisfy vegetarians or reformed steak knives with equally tempting eats such as grilled veggie tacos with roasted red peppers and goat cheese. The restaurant is housed in an historic carriage house, where brick walls and a cobblestone-like floor create a pleasant contrast against party lights and multiple TVs. During warmer months, patrons entertain themselves by listening to live music on the patio, while winter's howls are drowned out by the cheers of pool or darts players and the exuberant zither music that mysteriously emanates from the cozy fireplace.
Inside the kitchen at Gramma Mora’s, cooks flip sizzling shrimp and assemble four-cheese enchiladas, preparing succulent entrees that earned the restaurant the title of Best Tex-Mex Eatery in Buffalo from the readers of Artvoice in 2011. Seated at tables inset with tile, diners can taste dishes made from century-old recipes passed down through the Mora family. A vibrant mural of a Mayan pyramid in a lush jungle decorates one wall, next to guests consuming pork smothered in green-chili sauce or steak chimichangas. Caramel-glazed flan and lime margaritas provide notes of sweetness for diners who otherwise would have had to carry scoops of ice cream to the table in their pockets.
Burrito Burrito, as their name might suggest, puts great care into the time-tested Mexican dish, choosing healthy ingredients before tightly rolling them into 24-ounce burritos. Patrons can choose from meats—each marinated overnight—or morsels of seafood before adding guacamole, jalapeños, cheese, and different sauces. The cooks also transform the same ingredients into quesadillas and tacos and top piles of fries or chips with nacho fixings. Those with different dietary needs can embrace gluten-free options, veggie-friendly entrees, and dishes that can’t possibly remind them of the scary parts of Home Alone 2:Lost in New York.
Quesada Mexican Grill's custom burritos, tacos, and quesadillas garner palate popularity with their fresh meat, veggie, and guacamole fillings, coalescing into Toronto’s “best lunch under $10” according to Now readers. Their made-from-scratch salsas embellish bites with piquant bits of jalapeno and habanero peppers, and sides of tortilla chips add an audible crunch to flavourful meals. Quesada Mexican Grill also boasts the official burrito of the Toronto Argonauts, who use seasoned-pork burritos in place of pigskins during field-goal practice.
Mama Mia Place's owner recalls childhood days spent at his grandfather's farm, standing beside the warmth of the clay oven as he watches his grandmother bake fresh bread and empanadas. A point of family pride, empanada recipes are passed down from generation to generation and are crafted through time and expertise; Mama Mia's empanada recipe is no exception. Inside his own restaurant, chefs knead and bake fresh dough inside an open-view kitchen, crafting traditional cinnamon-dusted churros or pastries filled with dulce de leche, homemade cream caramel, which are made following family recipes handed down for three generations. Freshly baked wares travel to the gleaming glass bakery cases under the front counter for display and safekeeping in a warm, cozy environment.
Voted by Toronto Life to have the best burrito of 2010, Mexican Salsas has mastered the simple and flavorful cuisine of Mexico. From the sizzling steak in the burritos to the steamed meat and cornmeal of the traditional tamales, the menu eschews Americanized Mexican food in favor of authenticity. Fresh toppings such as guacamole, salsa, and rice and beans lend endless versatility to any dish.