The culinary artists at Tortilla Flats serenade palates with an eclectic mix of both inventive and regionally authentic Mexican dishes. Tacos jaliscienses sweeten a beef-and-chorizo blend with pineapple and cabbage, and the molcajete flats ignite a flavor explosion of steak, grilled chicken, shrimp, and cactus in a housemade sauce. Early risers can sate morning cravings with breakfast specialties such as chorizo omelets or eggs with cactus and onions. Like a robot assembly manual written in invisible ink, the menu also presents a daunting challenge: the 2.5-pound burrito supreme stuffed with chicken, beans, rice, and lettuce, all buried under a generous helping of sauce, cheese, olives, guacamole, and sour cream. Tortilla Flats’ shareable Iguana margarita loosens inhibitions with 12 ounces of tequila and two Coronas.
More than 40 years after it started, Ricardo's Mexican Cocina still specializes in the classics. Behind the scenes, their chefs stuff traditional meats and cheeses inside tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. House favorites include the pan-fried New York pepper steak with saut?ed mushrooms and bacon and the chile relleno grande?a cheese-stuffed anaheim chile that's dipped in egg batter, fried, and doused with salsa. All of this is served within a casual dining room with south-of-the-border charm, including exposed red bricks, brightly patterned banquettes, and a cluster of cacti outside the entrance that subliminally reminds diners to drink all their water.
Five miles north of the resort, a web of hiking trails meanders through the conifer forests and wildflower meadows of Mount Shasta, whose summit towers 14,162 feet above sea level. Hikers can take to the Black Butte Trail—a moderately steep climb—which originates on Everitt Memorial Highway amid an aromatic cluster of pine and cedar trees. About halfway up the rocky 2.5-mile trail, Black Butte unveils a sprawling, westerly view of Mount Eddy, and at this relatively level vista point, hikers often set down their wooden walking sticks and jugs of water to marvel at the Shasta valley glistening below. Within the small clapboard structure that houses the Sisson Museum, permanent exhibits showing off collections of Native American basketry and antique mountaineering artifacts illuminate Mount Shasta's eclectic culture. Families walk through the fish hatchery adjacent to the building, peering into the long, narrow ponds harboring rainbow and brown trout before moving on to the property's three kids' fishing ponds. There, amid rolling coolers and green mesh nets, parents bait hooks for jumping children eager to reel in shiny silver trout, and volunteers stroll the dirt perimeters taking photos of little ones' catches.In downtown Mount Shasta, The Goat Tavern indulges an eclectic crowd with hearty burgers and a beer list scrawled on a chalkboard. Tattooed motorcycle crews sit alongside couples in cardigans on the outdoor dining deck, which is perched above the area's main drag. Waitresses parade through, balancing dishes laden with spicy chicken sandwiches and piles of fragrant garlic fries.
At Famous Dave’s BBQ, hand-rubbed St. Louis-style spareribs smoke over a hickory fire for 3-4 hours. A generous helping of sweet and sassy sauce—made from Famous Dave’s secret recipe—seals in the ribs’ piquant flavor and also makes appearances on other barbeque specialties including country-roasted chicken and regular or boneless wings. Joining Famous Dave’s menu of barbecue staples are burgers and citrus shrimp fresh from the grill as well as sandwiches, southern sides, and desserts.