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.
Inside a cheerful restaurant decorated with yellow walls and streamers, culinary wunderkinds dish up traditional Mexican–style enchiladas, burritos, and fajitas. Green sauce, sour cream, and salsa drizzles over three types of enchiladas, and eight different burritos encase protein-packed mouthfuls of chicken, grilled steak, pork tips, and beans. Traditional desserts such as churros and fried ice cream celebrate the marriage of crispiness and sweetness, much like a deep-fried love letter. Barkeeps also pour imported beers, blend monster margaritas, and expound on the virtues, vices, and variances of more than a dozen tequilas stashed in their well-equipped watering hole.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a colorful stage show that mimics the annual production in New York City, boasting a 90-minute romp through song, dance, and reenactments of traditional Christmas scenes. Though special effects and revamps have been added to the show during its 77-year history, the Rockettes and their master of ceremonies, Santa Claus, know better than to mess with what works and have tastefully avoided pandering to America's obsession with Hulk-related products and bombastic laser-light shows. Expect to see all your favorite numbers, including the teddy bear Nutcracker, the parade of wooden soldiers, the Nativity, and, of course, 1,000 high kicks delivered with military precision.
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.
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.