Solo Mexican Cantina isn’t owner Lirim Jacobi’s first attempt at opening a restaurant. Actually, he has spent the past 30 years establishing well-received eateries. With this kind of pedigree, it's no surprise that Solo Mexican Cantina hits all the right notes when it comes to trend, yet casual dining—from the dimly lit dining room festooned with geometric décor and pops of bright color to the perfectly concise menu crafted by celebrity chef Carlos Badaraco Herrmann and Executive Chef Greg Backman.
The duo puts a gourmet twist on traditional Mexican cuisine, crowning tacos with shreds of sweet plantains and transforming run-of-the-mill guacamole into spicy avocado aioli. The chefs also whip up a gluten-free menu as well as margaritas by the glass, pitcher, and claw-foot bathtub. These south-of-the-border flavors help enhance the eatery's already-festive atmosphere, as do happy hours and live entertainment.
When a young reporter from Kulinary Kidd asked owners Jorge and Marco what distinguished La Fiesta Café from fast-food taco joints, they chuckled. "We prepare everything fresh," Jorge explained. "We make everything every morning—our beans, our rice, everything. We don't have anything delivered or canned." Authentic tacos norteños packed with grilled steak, sautéed shrimp, and al pastor pork remain their bread and butter, but the cafe's skilled chefs also fold these freshly made components into plump burritos and lean, street-style tacos—or craft other Mexican specialties such as sweet mole chicken. For their signature guacamole, the culinary gurus grind up fresh tomato, avocado, and onions in a traditional molcajete.
Vivid Warhol-style paintings of Frida Kahlo speckle the green walls of the dining room, where diners sit on antique-style wooden chairs and clink fruity margaritas. Others bask in the fresh air out on the front patio, soaking up sunshine or boldly challenging passersby to hair-growing competitions.
Fine Mexican Food at a whole other level! Walk in the door and you're greeted by freindly hellos and the tantalizing aroma of mesquite grilled fajitas. Freshness is the key - salsa made fresh every day, hand picked avacados used to create fresh guacamole throughout the day. And every dish is made to order just for you.
Cancun Mexican Grill throws sensory fiestas for taste buds of all shapes and saliva-levels. Delectable edibles range from Mexican specialties, such as meaty chimichangas ($9.95), to traditional Spanish dishes, such as palomilla, which pairs grilled skirt steak with onions, cilantro, and mojo aside black beans and fried plantains ($9.95). To sate dulce-teeth, Cancun Mexican Grill also outputs desserts, including deep-fried ice cream ($3.95) and apple burritos ($6.95). Likewise, sweet and fruity margaritas can arrive tableside in small ($7.95) or 46-ounce ($13.95) glasses. The Cancun Mexican Grill's signature Cran margarita—Don Julio Anejo tequila, cranberry juice, and sweet and sour mix—is a fitting companion during live music performances, which blow through the restaurant on select Fridays and Saturdays.
Bejeweled sombreros hang from Tequila Sunrise’s ceiling, their gems glinting next to strands of hanging lights. In keeping with this flashy, festive atmosphere, bartenders dole out award-winning margaritas, which are blended from freshly squeezed sour mix and served in glasses that dwarf the circumference of their customers’ heads. Though Tequila Sunrise specializes in libations, it doesn’t shirk cuisine: chefs sauté fresh seafood in Mexican spices and drizzle tender chunks of meat with homemade sauces. Their dedication to high-quality, fresh ingredients helped earn the eatery its spot as one of 2011’s best Mexican restaurants in South Florida, a poll determined by Local 10 viewers and one guacamole-obsessed Magic 8 ball.
Sabor Latino packs the Incan, Spanish, African, and Asian flavors that influence Peruvian cuisine into a menu of traditional dishes. Plates of fresh ceviche cure pieces of fish, shrimp, or black mussels in lime juice with a mixture of vegetables, and causas stack grilled octopus and other meats between mashed-potato patties. Heartier fare includes lomo saltado, tender skirt steak sautéed with tomatoes and cilantro, as well as corvine a la criolla, a breaded sea bass topped with a salsa of fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime. The cozy restaurant creates an intimate atmosphere as patrons sit around small white-clothed tables. A wrought-iron fence surrounds the brick and stone patio, where guests enjoy refreshing breezes and views of the nearby lake.