For 30 years, the cooks at El Patio Original have prepared classic Mexican cuisine as well as dishes tinged with the zesty flavors of the Southwest. They grill hormone-free chicken for fajitas and fresh seafood for seven seas soup, a simmering medley of crab legs, shrimp, octopus, red snapper, scallops, and calamari. Vegetarians can dine on burritos stuffed with chile rellenos or chile verde con queso— a plate of sliced potatoes and mild Ortega chilies covered with melted cheese. At a full bar, servers pour glasses of beer and wine and mix desert pear margaritas.
Tacos Uruapan takes its name from the hometown of its founder, who began his journey into culinary mastery nearly three decades ago with a simple taco truck on a street corner. Today, the Solorio children oversee the fruits of his labors, dishing out handmade cornmeal sopes, plump burritos, and the ever-popular tacos at a handsome Mission-style restaurant that commands the corner of a busy intersection with a thatch of palm trees and even a pint-sized turret. Kid-friendly nachos, bean burritos, and quesadillas abound, but so do traditional Mexican options including fried pork carnitas and beef head and tongue. For dessert, there's a gleaming mound of flan that's scented with orange and topped with caramel sugar, just like the Mayan pyramids.
Head chef and owner Jose Meza draws from his extensive 35-year career in cookery and restaurant management to dazzle patrons with authentic Mexican stews and cutlets and burritos and tortas stuffed with pintos, fritos, and black beans cooked without lard. The focus on a healthy, conscious lifestyle even extends to the tableware, as all the utensils and dishes are culled from material that's either biodegradable, recyclable, or able to be repurposed for plate-spinning acts. Juicy ribbons of shredded chicken and carnitas or morsels of marinated pork and charbroiled beef stuff tortillas and tacos alongside zesty, aromatic onions, cilantro, and salsa. Flaky fillets of sautéed fish come to life under sprinklings of Jose's secret blend of spices, and crisp leaves of lettuce, creamy guacamole, and savory beans fill crunchy tortilla shells on salad plates.
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When it first opened in 1979, La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill was a simple taqueria in Los Angeles. Its open kitchen gave patrons a front-row seat to watch chefs transform fresh ingredients into bold, memorable Mexican dishes. Today, the original concept has evolved into a booming franchise, but each location works on the same principle: add a modern twist to classic Mexican food. Chefs continue to work in an open-kitchen environment where they concoct seven types of homemade salsas—laced with ingredients such as fire-roasted roma tomatoes, cilantro and garlic, and even mango—to complement carne asada tacos, los cabos shrimp burritos, and hefty bowls packed with chicken, fire-roasted veggies, and plenty of cheese. The kitchen crew also assembles large breakfasts of eggs and chorizo as well as huevos rancheros for early risers and paperboys who demand a tip in the form of eggs.
La Victoria Taqueria's signature orange sauce spins vibrantly hued, piquant accents across time-tested Mexican fare including burritos, tacos, and enchiladas. Amid spice-laden clouds of steam, chefs forge the sauce from a secret family recipe and sell it by the bottle due to its popularity and ability to escape paper bags. The eatery's two-tone booths brim with the sounds of gleefully chattering silverware, and catering services launch supplies to distant parties and meetings.