This cheerful quick-service eatery was named for the guajillo chili—a flavorful red pepper that can be blended into salsas, stirred into stew, or transformed into a puppet using googly eyes and pipe cleaners. The cooks at Guajillo Mexican Grill whip up their own version of fiery guajillo salsa, along with a milder pico de gallo and a tangy tomatillo sauce. They spread the salsas onto an array of freshly made Mexican specialties, including tacos, tostadas, and quesadillas. To craft burritos, they roll tender meats and fresh vegetables into a customer's choice of traditional, spinach, wheat, or tomato tortillas.
Customers stroll down the front counter, requesting meat, bean, and salsa choices from the bustling staff. Trays in hand, customers head to the front patio to dig into hearty steak nachos and cheesy veggie quesadillas. Others opt for catering services—ideal for feeding guests at a party, coworkers at a company lunch, or angry crowds at a Black Friday sale.
The smell of sizzling Mexican dishes drifts through Chimi's Fresh-Mex's stucco walls, where 15 types of meat, seafood, and vegetarian chimichangas partner with rice and beans. Servers pour 21 premium tequilas into flavored margaritas, and pop bottle caps off of domestic and imported Mexican beers. Vibrant murals surround the bar and dining area's booths and tables, and an Old World fountain doles out water and relationship advice.
Plates of queso fundido overflow with cheese and chorizo at tables around Chihuahua's Mexican Restaurant, where diners sip five types of refreshing margaritas. In the kitchen, cooks flip sizzling shrimp to include in savory quesadillas, or wrap jumbo shrimp in bacon to fill Juarez fajitas packed with bell peppers and onions.
Nine burritos headline the menu at El Porton Mexican Restaurant. Almost as many steaks and chimichangas appear on the food list. The kitchen team might wrap tortillas around slices of grilled steak before coating it with green sauce, cheese, or enchilada sauces to craft burritos or enchiladas. They can arrange mixed vegetables, shrimp, and steak in the fajita plates that sizzle like sparklers on July 8—after a Woodstock-sized sparkler clearance sale. These fajitas are served with flour or corn tortillas in portions big enough for one or two. Cooks can also prepare whole marinate tilapias in the mojarra tilapia dish or sauté a dozen shrimp with garlic for the camarones al mojo de ajo.
Vista Grande rouses visitors' appetites and spirits with flavor-filled Mexican fare served in an eclectic, cantina-inspired atmosphere. The menu's entrees duke it out for diners' approval like capoeira-trained ex-spouses, showcasing traditional dishes such as chili rellenos stuffed with monterey jack ($8.95) as well as north-of-the-border plates of spiced-pork medallions ($10.50). The mountainous Ozark burrito fills its flour tortilla with seasoned beef and guacamole before being smothered in chili con queso and red sauce ($9.75). Margaritas come in flavors ranging from traditional to peach, and their span of sizes maxes out at the 46-ounce Grande margarita, which provides enough vitamin C to make an orange grove blush. A full children's menu is also available to give little tykes something to push around on their plates as they wait for dessert.