Tequila Sunrise offers a menu brimming with authentic Mexican creations. Teach outspoken hunger pangs to signal in Spanish with the accented allure of the queso fundido, a bubbling bowl of baked monterey-jack cheese zestified with chipotle and prepared for capture into the sturdy, safe hold of warm flour tortillas ($7.99). Segue into act two of the feasting fiesta with a traditional entree such as a chimichanga ($10.99) or the sizzling hot fajitas ($14.99 for a single). The alambre finds meat matrimony with the union of chorizo, bacon, steak, and chicken, supplemented with bell peppers and caramelized onions and packaged in your choice of corn or flour tortillas ($14.99 for a single). Herbivoyeurs can watch their dinner companions nosh on the flavourful vegetarian chili ($7.99) or the huevos rancheros, a festive plating of two sunny-side-up eggs, salsa, feta cheese, and refried beans ($8.99). Desserts are also available for sucrose satiation needs.
Cozumel Grill & Tequila Bar’s crafty chefs cull together spices, meats, and seafood to craft a menu of both classic and inventive Mexican eats. Diners can crisscross hands to share an adventurous appetizer of fried cactus strips ($10) or enjoy solo fare such as a jerk chicken quesadilla ($11). Patrons can take off their hockey helmets or at least lift the facemask to sink teeth into two tacos or one burrito weighed down by a choice of chicken ($10), beef ($10), shredded pork ($10), or steak ($11). For enchiladas, chefs reinforce two corn tortillas with one of five meaty fillings, paint on ranchero sauce, and add a final floor of cheese that bakes to melted gooeyness and pairs with an accompanying bed of red rice ($10–$11).
Inside the kitchen at Gramma Mora’s, cooks flip sizzling shrimp and assemble four-cheese enchiladas, preparing succulent entrees that earned the restaurant the title of Best Tex-Mex Eatery in Buffalo from the readers of Artvoice in 2011. Seated at tables inset with tile, diners can taste dishes made from century-old recipes passed down through the Mora family. A vibrant mural of a Mayan pyramid in a lush jungle decorates one wall, next to guests consuming pork smothered in green-chili sauce or steak chimichangas. Caramel-glazed flan and lime margaritas provide notes of sweetness for diners who otherwise would have had to carry scoops of ice cream to the table in their pockets.
Every item on Arriba Tortilla's inventive menu is made from scratch, borrowing from both traditional Mexican and contemporary Tex-Mex recipes. Customize a combination of crisp veggies, freshly grated cheese, and high-quality meats to create a fun Mexican pizza atop a toasty 12" tortilla crust (starting at $6.28). Or, apply your appetite's taste for design to a plate of one 8'' flour or two hard-shell tacos, selecting stuffing from savory options such as spicy chorizo ($5.57), beer-battered haddock ($5.33), steak ($6.29), and mahi-mahi ($6.89). Bellies boycotting carbs can opt for a serving of shrimp skewers with pineapple salsa, jalepeño jelly, and rice ($10.24) or make a carb compromise with a pepperjack-and-poblano-smothered salsa burger served on pita bread with fresh pico de gallo, lettuce, and sweet-potato fries ($9.63).
Mama Mia Place's owner recalls childhood days spent at his grandfather's farm, standing beside the warmth of the clay oven as he watches his grandmother bake fresh bread and empanadas. A point of family pride, empanada recipes are passed down from generation to generation and are crafted through time and expertise; Mama Mia's empanada recipe is no exception. Inside his own restaurant, chefs knead and bake fresh dough inside an open-view kitchen, crafting traditional cinnamon-dusted churros or pastries filled with dulce de leche, homemade cream caramel, which are made following family recipes handed down for three generations. Freshly baked wares travel to the gleaming glass bakery cases under the front counter for display and safekeeping in a warm, cozy environment.
Utopia Cafe offers diners a brave new world of freshly made casual fare, with a dine-in menu of sandwiches, salads, and Tex Mex–inspired favourites. Begin your palate's perusal of Utopia Cafe with the regular poutine ($4.95), with fresh cheese curds and veggie gravy, or with the gourmet poutine ($6.75), served with sautéed mushrooms, goat cheese, and veggie gravy. Utopia Cafe's warm grilled-chicken salad ($9.95), topped with roma tomatoes and a balsamic vinaigrette, is sure to silence the grumbles of stomach-gremlins, and the grilled-eggplant quesadilla ($9.99), bedecked with cheese, green-onion mayo, and salsa, adds veggie-intake health points to the gooey dish. The steak and cheddar burrito ($10.99) makes steak cravings satiable, and the veggie souvlaki sandwich ($7.99) marinates, herbifies, and skewers soy protein in a delicate pita with onions, tomato, and tzatziki. Burger buffs wishing no malice toward cows can opt for the veggie burger ($7.50), the grilled bison burger ($8.99), or the bovine-free Kissing Cousins burger ($8.99), made with fresh ground lamb and creamy goat cheese.