Masters of impromptu rocking, the three-man band of Particle braids funky undertones of bass guitar with energetic keyboards and drums in an electronic-backed jam session. Bolstered by an underground following and a decade of playing together, the band grooves through hits from its album Launchpad with more chemistry than hydrogen and oxygen had on their first date. The seasoned trio, which has performed with Blackalicious and Grateful Dead founder Phil Lesh, will razzle and dazzle Mexicali Club's intimate lounge after openers Shwizz and The 45's warm up the stage with tunes as catchy as chicken pox.
La Frontera Mexican Grill’s chefs craft a robust menu of Mexican dishes from fresh ingredients to sate the appetites of diners waiting in the cozy eatery. The menu offers up a selection of classic Mexican items including quesadillas, burritos, flautas, fajitas, and enchiladas that help guests to experience the authentic flavors of Mexico without nibbling on a peso.
El Norte Restaurant’s owners use their more than 35 years of experience working at restaurants in Texas and Northern Mexico to create authentic Mexican dishes to their exact specifications. Surrounded by Aztec-inspired paintings and sombreros hung on the walls, diners dig into pork carnitas, enchiladas suizas, and bowls of chopino. Whether bellied up to one of the restaurant’s two bars or seated at a table blanketed by a colorful tablecloth, guests enjoy the serenades of a mariachi band or the sound of a live harp player politely ordering a burrito. On weekends, karaoke and DJ-fueled dance sessions take over the restaurant’s spare room.
La Fortaleza Mexican Restaurant's menu brims with quality ingredients and salsas made fresh throughout the day. Staff members prepare each appetizer of guacamole at the table, pulverizing the verdant michoacáno avocados, onion, and cilantro in a traditional stone molcajete. Cooks stuff cheeses and the customer's choice of chicken, steak, or shrimp inside a 10-inch flour tortilla before frying the creation to create a golden brown chimichanga, and the arrachera al anafre's flame-kissed skirt steak arrives with a side of tender cactus instead of the customary ficus plant. After sautéing shrimp in onions and butter, chefs douse the camarones a la diabla with a salsa hot enough to make penguins evolve. La Fortaleza Mexican Restaurant's dining room surrounds guests with a kaleidoscope of green, pink, and orange walls that sport Mayan-inspired murals.
Nachos, flautas, guacamole, and quesadillas—these are some of the top contenders for most popular dish at Metate Authentic. You'll find all four not only inside early, messy prototypes of the piñata, but also on the Metate Fiesta appetizer platter. The starter represents Metate's menu at large, an impressive spread of traditional, freshly made Mexican dishes. And, true to the eatery's name, each incorporates authentic spices, peppers, and seasonings, from the dried artisanal chilis and chocolate atop chicken and rice in the mole poblano to the chipotle sauce over filet mignon medallions in a dish of filete al chipotle.
The flavor-forging chefs at Montezuma’s Mexican Restaurant sculpt heaping platters of authentic Mexican fare. To start, diners can delve into an appetizer such as the Mexican shrimp cocktail, which douses its crustaceans in marinara sauce, cilantro, and enough jalapeños to melt through a coin collection. Then, pairs of forks can mine two combo specialties for protein-laden sustenance. Chefs stuff the broiled lobster rellena with either crabmeat or shrimp before enrobing the crustacean in a melted-cheese mantle and green-plantain medallions. Alternatively, the surf & turf combo pits broiled lobster tail and shell steak against each other in a tenderizing fisticuffs match while an audience of green plantains cheers them on.