La Playa Mexican Grille's culinary team orchestrates edible symphonies by arranging flavors in plates of fresh seafood and crackling skillets of fajitas. Ceviche Campechana ($10.79) tap dances across tongues and belts out whitefish, shrimp, and crabmeat show tunes before an uproarious spicy-red-sauce audience. Unfurl the flour tortilla of an El Grande burrito ($8.99) to survey acreage of refried beans, rice, chili con queso, and mounds of beef or chicken. Others may choose to curb carnivorous cravings with a savory pouch of roasted poblano pepper ($12.99) stuffed with white cheese and bear-hugged by fajita steak and ranchero sauce. Rear hot sauce aficionados of the future with an order of crispy beef tacos or quesadillas ($5.79 per entree) from a menu styled for mouths 10 years old and younger.
Those passing by Tequila Coast often hear melodies played on classical guitar drift out from behind the restaurant's towering stucco walls. After walking inside, guests see a sunlit courtyard, where guitarists wander between wrought-iron balconies, a four-tiered fountain, and a Talavera tiled staircase, serenading evening diners who linger over Mexican dishes and glasses of tequila drinks. In the kitchen, chefs fold freshly made tortillas, Angus steak, and gulf-water seafood into appealing arrangements of Mexican food. Behind the lengthy bar, drink-masters dole out beer and wine under the glow of flat-screen TVs. Guests can also snap photographs amidst the restaurant's rustic decor and artwork, posing alongside friends or the plate of seven enchiladas they've been double-dared to finish.
Iguana's Mexican Cantina houses a mouthwatering menu of authentic Mexican fare built from fresh ingredients. Nibble on an order of cheese-bedecked chicken nachos ($6.15 full order; $3.75 half) before excavating a hidden city of deep-fried pork tenderloin carnitas from the gustatory layers of mexican white rice, black beans, and guacamole trapped inside flour tortillas ($11.25). The eatery's substantial seafood selection collects oceanic treasures like a hoarding Poseidon, including the Iguanas chimichanga ($19.99), a tortilla stuffed with deep-fried scallops and lobster, all drizzled with cheese. Satisfy your meat tooth with three tacos de carne asada ($9.70) stocked with steak and a choice of garnishes such as black beans, pico de gallo, or salsa picosa.
Randy and Yvette Maldonado, the owners of Fajita Junction, know the difference that high-quality ingredients make to any recipe. “Our meat is Angus beef that is fresh and never frozen, using the inside skirt of the meat with choice or better cuts,” Randy told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “The meat is well trimmed so it has little fat before we put it on our mesquite grill.”
Angus beef fajitas are just one of the spot's popular, made-from-scratch dishes. The chefs also make fresh tortillas for tacos filled with chicken, sausage, or mollejas, as well as rice with Mexican spices and a chicken-stock base instead of the traditional tomato. The ambiance of Fajita Junction is a draw, too: high ceilings, wood floors, and flat-screen televisions entrance eyeballs with images of sports games and football players enacting soap operas on the sidelines.