At Mauricio's Grill and Cantina, a festive atmosphere is just as important as a commitment to culinary tradition. Surrounded by palm trees, both brightly colored locations serve simple Mexican dishes ranging from classics to original house interpretations. Quesadillas and enchiladas are stuffed with ground beef or marinated chicken and then grilled. The aroma of shrimp sautéed with vegetables mingle with that of new york strip steak tossed in ranchero sauce. The kitchen also prepares a range of vegetarian dishes. At the cantina-style bar, servers blend margaritas and other tropical house cocktails.
Since 1999, when Pete A. Cisneros Sr. opened Pappy's Coffee Shop, the rustic, homestyle eatery has attracted locals with generous portions of classic American diner food. From 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day, chefs sizzle eggs alongside chicken-fried steak, jumbo cuts of ham, or fried bologna, and pile plates with seven-grain pancakes and waffles. Their 8-ounce burgers can arrive with Freedom fries or fried okra, and charming, 1-quart mason jars of cold soft drinks. The walls boast American and oil-rig-inspired memorabilia, creating an ambiance more down-home and eclectic than the vintage furniture-juggling contest at the state fair.
Before Heidi's Brooklyn Deli grew to more than 35 locations spanning several states, it was called "Heidi's Bagels and Ice Cream," and there were only a few different kinds of sandwiches. The shop's founders, Steve and Heidi Naples, had moved to Colorado from Brooklyn and opened the shop after finding few spots serving the authentic New York-style deli sandwiches they had grown to love. When Steve decided to quit his steady day job and devote his full time to the new Heidi's Brooklyn Deli, the shop grew to offer 35 deli sandwiches alongside 32 flavors of ice cream. Today, Heidi's menu ranges from sandwiches with Nova Scotia salmon or chicken salad to genoa salami and prosciutto. Start your day with one of nine fruit-infused smoothies, or try one of Heidi's breakfast entrees, including a veggie sandwich or a bagel.
Helmed by Executive Chef Paul Hurd, Hourglass serves up diverse interpretations of classic American fare from a menu bursting with the flavors of fresh produce, premium chops, and seafood. Start your meal by ordering a round of cocktails or wine from the extensive list and a plate or two of twice-baked-potato eggrolls ($7). The Chinese chicken salad comes laden with romaine, cabbage, carrots, snow peas, wonton strips, and red-chili peanut vinaigrette ($12) for a light but satisfying lunch or dinner. For the main course, an irresistible combination of braised-beef short rib with Yukon mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach, and crispy onion straws ($21) fills you up like a cartoon cat hooked up to a bike pump. If you're not too stuffed, order up a slice of cheesecake or a waffle sundae ($7) for dessert.
Wake snoozing taste buds with a hearty starter like mozzarella suprema breadsticks adorned with natural cheese and herbs ($3.95 side, $6.45 large) before moving on to a signature fire-roasted creation. An authentic terra cotta oven blasts noshables with more than 1,000 degrees of heat, alchemically transforming base pizza dough into crispy gold in less than three minutes. Enjoy stationary drive-in dining with a bacon cheeseburger pizza topped with ground beef and three kinds of cheese ($18.95 for a 14"), or graze on the veggie gourmet works, which comes loaded with a Peter Piper's worth of fresh vegetables including bell peppers, artichokes, and mushrooms swaddled in your choice of a vegetarian red or white sauce ($19.95 for a 14"). Create-your-own pies are also available, providing palate-pleasing fill-in-the-blanks for the aspiring munching mad-libbest. Silence yowling sweet teeth with a dessert of gourmet gelato in a dozen daily varieties.