Drumrolls of snapping oil drift from skillets full of onions, beef tongue, and shrimp at El Chilitos Mexican Restaurant. Melting cheese in quesadillas and seafood enchiladas slips out into air tinged with the scents of cumin, garlic, and chilis. The staff blends Mexican and American influences in in dishes such as carne asada fries, which arrive under layers of cheese and marinated steak, and marinated shrimp and fish tacos utilize the bounty of the sea, much like Robinson Crusoe building a fax machine from kelp.
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.
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina shares its menu of Mexican comestibles in nearly every U.S. state and more than four countries, acquainting diners worldwide with the classic recipes and innovative ingredients of the Tex-Mex tradition. Chefs bundle enchiladas, burritos, and chimichangas with surprising flavors such as beef brisket and chile pesto while sizzling platters reinvent traditional fajitas with the addition of ranch, bacon, and cold-fusion technology.
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina has partnered with Susan G. Komen For The Cure, pledging to donate a minimum of $100,000 annually to the charity to help bring attention to the importance of breast-cancer screenings, support important research, and supplement medical costs for breast-cancer sufferers.
Super Burrito has slaked spicy appetites with an expansive menu of tasty tortilla treats for more than four decades. The Bomb burrito, made with a fiery combination of pork, beef, steak, beans, rice, and sour cream ($6.95), temporarily rearranges glands so that eaters salivate salsa and sweat happiness. An array of taco options and combination plates, featuring chile rellenos, enchiladas, and tostadas ($1.95–$5), slathers tongues in piñata-pounding flavors, and smaller stomachs delight in a junior burrito combo meal ($4.75). Those scared of salsa can dive into above-the-border options such as double cheeseburgers ($3), corndogs ($1.25), or encyclopedias of presidential nicknames.
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.