When they aren't mashing fresh avocados to mix up guacamole, the staff at Mi Tierra prepare a long menu of Mexican specialties with American touches. Diners can fill up on fajitas, arroz con pollo, or carne asada, which all come with traditional Mexican sides, or they can choose more American-flavored tilapia fillets, chicken wings, french fries, or grilled salmon. Fish tacos and buffalo nachos seamlessly combine the two culinary traditions. Some kid-friendly dishes, alongside fresh salads and desserts, round out the menu, turning it into a satisfying read for those who want to whet their appetite or add another entry to their summer reading list.
The culinary professionals at La Hacienda permeate palates with flavor via a varied and extensive Mexican menu. Keep your ears peeled for the aurally pleasing tunes of live music while warming up mouth muscles with queso fundido ($6.99), composed of mexican sausage, poblano pepper, and cheesy goodness. Venture forth with an entree of grilled-shrimp fajitas ($11.99), which are tastily infused with sautéed onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Or, try a stomach-mollifying combination platter ($7.99), such as the lineup of a taco, a beef burrito, and rice and beans swimming in sauce and slathered with gooey cheese. Seven domestic beers, 11 imported beers, and a variety of margaritas and mixed drinks are waiting to turn throats into slip 'n' slides for munchable guests.
The casual Murphy Road eatery serves up a south-of-the-border menu with a local kick. Spark things off by dipping locally made white corn chips into a duo of red and green housemade salsas ($2.50) or a vat of fresh, whole-avocado-based guacamole ($4). But the true estrellas of the menu are The Local Taco's namesake local tacos (all are $2.50)—particularly rarely seen varietals such as Texas brisket, Korean barbecue with Asian slaw and toasted sesame seeds, tequila lime chicken, and Southern fried (buttermilk-fried chicken-breast strips with honey lime sauce, lettuce, and tomato). The Local Taco's menu even offers a taco that somehow contains all tacos, but you'll need to be able to see in 12 dimensions in order to perceive it. The Local Taco also offers enchiladas, sides, and soups.
Sizzling fajitas, gooey quesadillas, packed burritos, and more populate the menu at Plaza Bar and Grill. Set jowls flapping with an order of chicken wings ($7.99 for 10) before tackling the enchiladas suizas, a trio of chicken enchiladas blanketed with tomatillo sauce and shredded cheese ($8.90). Specialty dishes include the salmon al chipotle, in which salmon soaks in a smoky-chipotle-sauce pool under the watchful eyes of rice, vegetables, mixed salad, and tortillas ($12.99). Escape cafeteria food fights for a more regal lunchtime rendezvous with a pair of grilled tilapia tacos covered in mango sauce ($6.99) or a vegetarian quesadilla stuffed with cheese, mushrooms, broccoli, and fresh spinach ($8.30). Cool off with a margarita ($5/regular) or a glass of wine ($4.75), or order a pitcher of beer ($10.50) to share with an accountant during an audit.
The chefs at Poblanos Mexican Cuisine set their Mexican dishes apart through their use of fresh ingredients. For ceviche, they combine shrimp and tilapia with avocado and lemon juice, preparing the seafood without heating it to give it vibrant flavor. For tamales, the chefs keep the preparation traditional by wrapping the corn masa and seasoned steak or chicken in real cornhusks, then slow-cooking them until they are tender. Poblano-chili slices add kick to the entrees, and mango pico de gallo helps tongues cool down. Diners can end meals with a seasonal dessert or by quaffing beers chosen from the line of bottles on the bar or the pyramid of bottles balanced on the bartender's forehead. On Wednesday and Friday evenings, live jazz bands can also entertain guests with toe-tapping melodies.