Margaritas Mexican Restaurant sates its guests with classic Mexican dishes including burritos, enchiladas, and tacos. Inside the eatery, yellow and salmon brick walls meet at a large painting of a quaint village nestled under a mountain, which could very well be a metaphor for the coziness of the eatery and patrons? proximity to mountains of tamales, chalupas, flautas, and quesadillas. The staff that serves these geological cuisines does so with a pervasively carefree disposition and always makes sprightliness a priority.
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Both tired of large-scale restaurant operations, industry veterans Mike Perez and chef Chris Beichler knew when they met and realized they had the same dream to create their own restaurant focusing on fresh seafood and produce from the Pacific Coast, it was as if fate had brought them together. Now, at Fuego Coastal Mexican Eatery, Beichler floods his enchiladas, gourmet tacos, and chili rellenos with flavor from tasty condiments such as handmade cilantro aioli and salsas made with fresh tomatoes that never knew the horrors of living in a can. Diners watch as fresh guacamole is prepared tableside and sip tangy mojitos, margaritas, and more than 28 tequilas. The fresh food won Fuego Coastal Mexican Eatery a Nappie Award from the 2012 Lagniappe Readers’ Choice Awards.
Latin American flavors mingle with American tastes at Las Cazuelas Cosina Mexicana. Inside the festively decorated eatery, cooks serve up Mexican and Peruvian dishes such as carnitas, tacos, and ceviche, and also prepare Tex-Mex favorites such as the fajitas-stuffed baked potato. These piquant dishes are well-complimented by zesty margaritas, cocktails, and glasses of cold beer.
Diners of all ages are welcome at Las Cazuelas Cosina Mexicana. A children's menu offers kid-friendly portions and there's a noticeable lack of signs reading "Must be at least this tall to eat." The restaurant even hosts family-friendly activities, including karaoke and special events such as Family Pajama Night.
Cactus Flower Cafe's founder Lee Kafeety grew up in a Mexican-American household, and fell in love with the fusion cuisine at her dinner table. She especially loved the freshness of the dishes made with the ample produce she grew up with in California. When she later decided to open her own restaurant, she wanted to preserve both aspects of her family recipes, and add a few little twists. She makes mahi mahi fish tacos, for instance, by flash frying the fish to preserve its flavor, then topping it with creamy lime sauce, cheese, cabbage, and pico de gallo. Such recipes must have impressed Joni DeRome, a serial entrepreneur who became Lee's business partner, helping her grow the restaurant from a single eatery to seven locations.
At Tacos and Beer, soft corn tortillas enfold 10 types of grilled and marinated meats in their warm embrace. Above the crunching of freshly fried tortilla chips and the scribbling of odes to guacamole, live music drifts from the brick-walled dining room out onto Tacos & Beer's patio until 2 a.m. Wednesday?Saturday. During these hours, both early risers and night owls can recalibrate their mental clocks' built-in roosters with breakfast options served all day.