Senor Tomas’s dining room—aptly titled the Blue Room—houses walls, tables, and chairs blanketed in blue hues and golden suns inspired by the art of Frida Kahlo. The Alarcon Family complements their eatery’s festive decor with an eclectic menu of family burrito, enchiladas, and fish recipes. Guavas grown in a volcanic region are churned into a paste and infused with ginger before chefs slather the sauce over salmon or tilapia for a burst of flavor. They also grill steak over an open flame and douse the slab in a roasted ranchero sauce to stuff into the el ranchero burrito. After meals, patrons can wander into the adjacent room and gaze at the work of local artists and crafts from Latin America, or take a short hot-air-balloon ride upstairs to the café and sip margaritas and custom martinis.
Piñatas and Mexican-style fiber arts lend colorful bursts to the adobe-like walls of Taco Amigo, which have seen more than 25 years' worth of patrons enjoy Mexican eats between them. Chefs serve the classics such as burritos and tacos, with some truly unusual additions to the menu as well. Opuntia cactus and grilled chicken wallow in a red ancho and cheese sauce in the Nopalito con Queso. Jalapeno crème fraiche and dollops of melted cheese decorate the tender chicken of the arroz con pollo. Grilled shrimp and a coconut milk and tomato sauce rest atop the sizzling, mahi mahi-filled Livingston enchilada, served with a side of ripe plantains.
Beneath the glow of warm lights, Casa Tequila delights taste buds with the vivacious flavors of authentic Mexican dishes. Chefs draw on fresh ingredients and produce exclusively, ensuring that every dish is free of packaged sauces and Lincoln Logs. Sauciers prepare guacamole before tables, and the restaurant's many flat screen TVs fill the space between bites with UW Badger and Green Bay Packer games. A full bar, replete with imported beer, margaritas, and daily specials, keeps spirits merry and coasters employed.
Upon walking through the front door at Antigua Real, diners are immersed in colorful artwork and decorations that personify the Latin cultures the chefs draw from for their dishes. The hallway leading to the main dining room surrounds guests in a vibrant mosaic, and art pieces from Central America cover the walls, save for the space taken by the lit fireplace and one coin-sized hole that reveals another dimension. One would think that the allure of the dining room would steal the attention, but Antigua's chefs ensure their menu of spicy dishes prepared to authentic Mexican standards, or inspired by the flavors of Spain, Cuba, and the Caribbean, steals the show. Eclectic flavor combinations, such as savory chili sauces dusted with roasted almonds, tease taste buds into wanting more. A lounge area with a full bar also entices guests to stop in after stressful days and enjoy smoothies and milkshakes.
Carefully balancing starter platters stacked with housemade cornbread and frozen margaritas, the servers at Casa del Sol wind their way through the tables on the outdoor deck overlooking the water. As diners dig into burritos, the flavors of chicken or carnitas meld with garnishes of mango and pineapple or with ingredients from one of four other unique burritos. Meat dishes span many styles, from pork-loin medallions with garlic-adobo sauce to enchiladas verdes with a choice of meat or cheese filling. The inside dining area's bright yellow and purple walls adorned with paintings of whirling dancers complement the bright flavors of the dishes, often delicately evoked by cilantro, poblano chili pepper, or guacamole.
La Parihuela's kitchen team guides diners on a tour of the diverse taste terrains of Peru with a mouthwatering menu of national dishes. A squad of nibblers can warm up jaw muscles with selections of appetizers, such as the fish ceviche, where fish stews in lime juice and guilt over not spending enough time with its guppies. Navigate spoons through the piquant waters of the parihuela, in which an assortment of fish, crab, and mollusks leave dinners with enough shells to fashion a stylish maritime necklace. After appetizers, guests turn the pages of the menu to uncover thrilling entree conclusions to their meal, such as the lomo saltado, where french fry and rice conspirators accompany strips of tenderloin steak or chicken, or the paella, where fresh seafood bodysurfs across a crowd of rice and cilantro.