• For $15, you get two entrees (up to a $13.95 value each) and two nonalcoholic fountain drinks (up to a $2.30 value each) during lunch (up to a $32.50 total value). • For $25, you get one appetizer (up to an $11.95 value), two entrees (up to a $16.99 value each), and two margaritas (a $7.75 value each) during dinner (up to a $61.43 total value).
El Zarape Mexican Restaurant sates cravings for bold, spicy flavors all week long with homemade fajitas, seafood, and desserts. The kitchen refuels empty stomachs with hearty burritos, taco salads, and vegetarian quesadillas. Rice and refried beans complement meals and bartenders blend sangrias and margaritas according to Zarape’s own recipes, discovered by playing Jimmy Buffet cassettes backward.
A mural of a skateboarder towers over Burrito Boarder's outdoor patio, reflecting the restaurant's fusion of freshly made Mexican fare with boarding culture. Inside, skateboards hang from the ceiling as cooks kick flip into an open prep area and customize Mexican favorites using organic and hormone-free ingredients. Guests draw up a blueprint for their entrees, starting with a style, such as a Burrito Bomb or a salad bowl, before constructing an edible edifice from fillings that include carne asada and achiote-marinated mahi-mahi. In addition to the quick-order fare—which also includes dips and soups—the kitchen serves up imported sodas and specialty beers.
The restaurant's dining area harmonizes with the kitchen's eco-friendly practices, surrounding visitors with reclaimed and recycled materials, making it more environmentally responsible than most animals, which are made of all new materials. Additionally, all of Burrito Boarder's cutlery is stamped from 100% corn-based materials, making it biodegradable.
Rand Packer grew up in Southern California, but his love of food and surfing frequently drew him to Oaxaca, Mexico, where he explored the region’s culinary landscape by stopping at street vendors and tucked-away restaurants. The uniqueness of Oaxacan ingredients, combined with a decade of experience cooking in Hawaii under famed chef Roy Yamaguchi, eventually inspired him to open Mekenita Mexican Grille. There, Rand surprises diners with unexpected creations that fuse Mexican and Hawaiian influences, such as pineapple-plantain nachos with passion-fruit sour cream or wood-smoked pork burritos with pineapple-papaya salsa. Patrons can also customize their meals by taking a lap around the fresh-salsa bar or monogramming their plates.
Wining and dining yourself is easy at Clearwater, whose eclectic menu will mollify even the grumpiest of your taste buds. Begin a romantic dinner for yourself and your cute hitchhiker with a starter of brandied shrimp ($9), hummus and grilled pita bread ($7), or a salsa trio with tortilla chips ($6). Ask your server to whip out the award-winning wine list and double-team your main course with a glass of Borsao ($7) and a chipotle chicken quesadilla ($9); a pairing of pizza margherita ($9) and Vicolo pinot grigio ($7); or, in celebration of the day you saw your first squid, a glass of Marcel Martin Tetê de Cuvée Brut Cremant ($10) and a specialty cinnamon-apple and brie quesadilla ($10). Stop in during the daily happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and say goodbye to the sad and perplexed hours with two-for-one house wine, or drop by on the second and fourth Friday of every month for a free wine tasting and live music.