Herradura's kitchen hums with the sounds of simmering Mexican sauces and sizzling meats. Chef Rita Castro fries up fresh shrimp, crab, and scallops for seafood fajitas, stuffs taquitos with beef or chicken, and adorns cheese enchiladas with pork, onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Bartenders blend natural juices into pitchers of mango, cactus fruit, and guava margaritas, drawing from an 18-year-old recipe formulated by brothers Raul and Oscar.
Tommy's Malt Shop induces nostalgia with a menu of malted milk shakes, hamburgers, and other classic comfort fare. With 16 different ice cream toppings that can be mixed and matched, made-to-order malts ($3.75–$4.75) arrive mouthside in unlimited flavor combinations that sippers can sprinkle with a variety of candy or fruit toppings, like most judicial summons. The pina colada malt combines strawberry, pineapple, and banana, while Emily's Favorite entreats sweet teeth with an avalanche of hot fudge and butterscotch. Chefs forge fresh burgers to order and with creative twists, such as the Pig Out burger made with a blend of bacon and ground beef ($8.50), or the Cowboy burger ($6.25), slathered in cheddar, barbecue sauce, and caramelized spurs. A garden salad ($7.25), homemade onion rings ($3.95) and a variety of classic sandwiches help round out memorable meals.
Roulette's Pizza’s talented sauce slingers craft made-to-order pies, the foundations of which come in regular, thin-crust, and gluten-free dough, upon which the staff piles combinations of 15 toppings. Large 14-inch pizzas patiently await topping trios, such as pepperoni, green olives, and pineapple. Feel free to forgo the rigors of building and priming a pie by choosing a specialty pizza worth up to the value of this Groupon, such as a 12-inch taco pizza packed with beef and a three-cheese blend. Or, enjoy a 12-inch bacon-cheeseburger pizza, which, like a house of cards or a writ of certiorari, is exactly what it sounds like. For those with special dietary needs, the kitchen team animates its dedication to gluten-free crusts by keeping and preparing their fixings in a separate and gluten-safe area.
Pinatas dangle from the ceiling at Chaska My Love, giving them a perfect view of the restaurant's orange and red walls adorned with murals of iconic Mexican images and landscapes. Below, diners nestle into bright blue booths before tucking into plates heaped high with flavorful dishes, such as carne asada, sizzling fajitas, and guacamole made with fresh avocados. The menu offers a variety of authentic Mexican appetizers, entrees, and desserts, as well as antojitos, which translates to "little cravings" and refers to Mexican street food such as tacos and tamales.
With seafood, beef, lamb, tofu, pork, duck, chicken, fried rice, chow mein, lo mein, and chow mei fun on Tian Jin Chinese Restaurant's menu, there's a dish to accommodate any and every Chinese food whim. But Mpls.St.Paul Magazine recommends the restaurant for its authentic Mandarin and Szechuan dishes, adventurous appetizers like the home-style gizzards ($6.95), and the house specialties. Szechuan specialty ma po tofu ($9.95) wraps vegetarian tongues in a savory bean curd embrace, and cumin lamb is a succulent medley of the titular meat, fresh bell peppers, and onions in an earthy sauce ($14.95). Or, take a dive in the tastes of the ocean with the sea cucumber with scallion sauce ($16.95). No matter which dish you request, you're bound to discover a wealth of unexpected Chinese flavors that haven't yet danced with your taste buds or serenaded your incisors with John Fogerty lyrics; Heavy Table magazine says Tian Jin "is doing some remarkable things with the food that sheds real light on how it’s meant to taste."