Frequent diners at Qdoba come for the eatery’s signature flavors, but they may not know how far the staff travels to obtain them. Qdoba’s staff visits various parts of Mexico on a regular basis in search of flavor combinations that later enhance the shop’s burritos, quesadillas, and taco salads. Among these blends are ancho-chili barbecue, gumbo accented with cilantro rice, and the three-cheese queso, a creation that took 47 tries to perfect. Along with sought-after flavors, Qdoba’s staff members pride themselves on their painstaking preparation of fresh ingredients, from fire-roasted tomatoes to mouth-watering poblano peppers.
Taqueria Mixteca’s spice-wielding culinarians shepherd taste buds on a tour of Mexico's distinctive flavorscape with a menu brimming with tortilla-centric spreads, meaty entrees, and vegetarian-friendly eats. A starter of nachos maya paves the way for heartier main courses ($4.95), such as the quesadillas ($2.50–$4.99), chimichangas ($7.50), or fajitas flaunting marinated beef ($9.95), chicken ($9.95), or shrimp ($10.95). Satiate shell cravings without licking peanut casings or ninja turtles with a hefty burrito ($4-6) or taco, which can come stuffed with your choice of meat, including chicken ($1.95) and fried pork ($1.95). Herbivores hungry enough to graze on the tassels of nearby mariachi players can sharpen their incisors on the meatless taco salad ($4.75) or cheese enchilada platter ($5.75). Conclude nosh fests with a toothsome slice of flan ($3) or tres leches cake ($2.75).
Small sombreros dot the menu at Las Piramides, differentiating the kitchen’s special creations from more traditional Mexican plates. For a slightly updated chimichanga, chefs pack succulent lobster into a tortilla before frying the bundle and smothering it with a housemade cream sauce. They also stuff un-fried burritos with interesting ingredients that go beyond chicken and beans, such as juicy philly cheesesteak fillings. Tacos, enchiladas, sizzling fajitas, and vegetarian combos cater to more classical tastes.
Las Piramides’ environment is just as colorful as its menu, with richly pigmented murals painted over dandelion-yellow walls. Cushy red booths cradle diners as they eat, as well as keep it a secret whenever there’s an accidental salsa spill.
La Pinata is a catchall for Mexican favorites. At each of the restaurant's five locations, the kitchen staff relies on fresh local ingredients while preparing hundreds of traditional lunch and dinner items. These include jumbo burritos, seafood soups, flautas, chilaquiles, and chicken breasts topped with a mole sauce made from peppers and chocolate. Behind the full bar, bartenders whip up pitchers of margaritas and fill shot glasses with more than 10 types of tequila.