With today’s Groupon tucked in the toe stop, guests can skate during any of the public skate sessions, which are typically offered at least five days a week. On select nights, ice walkers can enjoy the suborbital splendor of cosmic skating, a time when the lasers, fog machines, LED lights, and house speakers fill the air with a spectrum of color and an earful of skate-worthy beats. Parents can skate with their youngsters, youngsters can trot along with their siblings, and siblings can challenge rival families to cyclical drag races intensified by seasonally enchanting smiles.
Springing from the mindparts of CEO and founder John Kunkel, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill combines the tasty flavor of Mexican fare with a dedication to healthy eating and responsible food sourcing. After cutting its teeth in the mean streets of Miami's South Beach, Lime Fresh spread its delicious message across the country, stuffing organic beans, colorful veggies, homemade salsas, and humanely raised meats into tortillas made from non-GMO corn and flour. Chefs grill quesadillas, roll burritos, and sizzle fajitas before customers' eyes, and they can easily convert each item on the menu into a vegetarian-friendly feast or a makeshift futon. As guests content themselves with mouthfuls of flavorful tacos, fresh salads, and cheesy scoops of nachos, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill's dedicated staff works hard behind the scenes to build strong community relationships through contributions to local charities and nonprofits.
Margaritas Mexican Cantina hardly needs a sign to identify itself. The exterior shouts its affiliations with a tableaux of brightly colored murals depicting margarita glasses, limes, and cacti. This same vibrant motif of orange and lime-green hues sprawls across the interior, highlighting the spacious restaurant's Mexican-themed decor and lending crucial context for the sombrero-wearing diners. Piping-hot platters of enchiladas, tacos, and quesadillas cover wooden tables as friendly waiters deliver glasses brimming with house margaritas. Back at the fully stocked bar, bartenders pour out an array of tequilas, such as Patrón and Don Julio, and top off beer glasses with a selection of domestic and imported brews. Flat-screen TVs add another layer of illumination to the interior of the cantina, while on the covered outdoor patio, diners relax beneath strings of lights.
An electric neon sign draws passersby inside this festive Mexican diner, where rustic décor surrounds savory dishes arrayed on tables. Flat-screen televisions offer the only hint the modern world still exists, as exposed brick walls, rough stone borders, and dark-brown tile distract diners from passing cars, smartphone screens, and androids comparing memory banks. On the restaurant's outdoor patio, patrons dine on traditionally prepared steaks, fluffy tortilla shells, and rich sauces while basking in the sunlight.
At Perla Taqueria, chef Lotfi Chabaane puts a contemporary twist on a wide variety of tacos and other traditional Mexican dishes. With the welcome mat placed outside until 11 p.m., Perla Taqueria sates crowds of lingering lunchers and late-night munchers with 15 different tacos, such as the blackened salmon with citrus slaw, buttermilk fried chicken with caramelized onions and peppers, and the Mediterranean-Mexican falafel taco with guacamole. The tilapia taco—mingling with mango, onions, jalapeños, cucumbers, lime, cilantro, and jicama—pairs well with a bottle of Jarritos, as do the burritos and homemade chips.
Chef and owner Riccardo Ullio, featured in Atlanta magazine for restauranteering prowess, leads a culinary team in crafting Escorpion's menu of authentic Mexican fare from indigenous ingredients. Diners settle into the colorful interior decorated with rustic wooden accents and vivid artwork painted by domesticated rainbows to prime palates with tuna ceviche ($9) mixed with juicy apple and flavored with poblano pepper, tomatillo and celery juice, and coriander. Quesadillas welcome all types of meats and cheeses with a tortilla’s tender embrace, and the Scottish salmon veracruz wades into streams of capers, olives, tomatoes, oregano, Peruvian potatoes, and aioli ($16). Chefs pile fried tilapia tacos ($3.50 for one; $12.50 for four) high with caramelized onions, peppers, and chipotle mayo, and tender strands of braised goat graze among onion and salsa verde on the barbacoa de Chivo taco ($4 for one; $14 for four). Inventive agave-based spirits chase down meals as guests linger in the mood-lit interior to relish their margaritas and mezcal cocktails.