La Pinata is a catchall for Mexican favorites. At each of the restaurant's five locations, the kitchen staff relies on fresh local ingredients while preparing hundreds of traditional lunch and dinner items. These include jumbo burritos, seafood soups, flautas, chilaquiles, and chicken breasts topped with a mole sauce made from peppers and chocolate. Behind the full bar, bartenders whip up pitchers of margaritas and fill shot glasses with more than 10 types of tequila.
Frequent diners at Qdoba come for the eatery’s signature flavors, but they may not know how far the staff travels to obtain them. Qdoba’s staff visits various parts of Mexico on a regular basis in search of flavor combinations that later enhance the shop’s burritos, quesadillas, and taco salads. Among these blends are ancho-chili barbecue, gumbo accented with cilantro rice, and the three-cheese queso, a creation that took 47 tries to perfect. Along with sought-after flavors, Qdoba’s staff members pride themselves on their painstaking preparation of fresh ingredients, from fire-roasted tomatoes to mouth-watering poblano peppers.
Small sombreros dot the menu at Las Piramides, differentiating the kitchen’s special creations from more traditional Mexican plates. For a slightly updated chimichanga, chefs pack succulent lobster into a tortilla before frying the bundle and smothering it with a housemade cream sauce. They also stuff un-fried burritos with interesting ingredients that go beyond chicken and beans, such as juicy philly cheesesteak fillings. Tacos, enchiladas, sizzling fajitas, and vegetarian combos cater to more classical tastes.
Las Piramides’ environment is just as colorful as its menu, with richly pigmented murals painted over dandelion-yellow walls. Cushy red booths cradle diners as they eat, as well as keep it a secret whenever there’s an accidental salsa spill.
Cazadores takes its name from the Mexican ranchers who used to roam the rangelands where they guarded herds of cattle and cooked their meals over an open fire. The restaurant’s menu features dishes based on this style of “on the ranch” cooking with items such as fajitas and 10-ounce rib eyes prepared using rustic spices and mesquite grilling, and branded with a macho nickname. The menu also offers more than a dozen vegetarian entrees, as well as create-your-own combo plates, which allow diners to customize their meal with one, two, or three items. A full bar pours frozen or on-the-rocks margaritas in eight fruit-infused flavors, Mexican beers, and premium tequila shots.
"Cazadores" is Spanish for "hunters," so it's not surprising that the menu's entrees are divided by meat, allowing customers to easily find steak-, seafood-, or chicken-based dishes. Tortilla strips add crunch to salads and sopas, the latter of which finds shredded chicken enriching the flavor of chicken broth seasoned with hot peppers or pico de gallo. The entrees, though, sometimes find unique flavor from unexpected ingredients: for example, Enrique's tacos are layered with feta cheese and spicy cole slaw. Unlike at most hotels that advertise their breakfasts, Cazadores also serves breakfast, such as huevos rancheros piled atop corn tortillas.
Begun by the Fuentes family, who traces their culinary roots to La Piedad, Mexico, El Toro Mexican Restaurant serves up time-tested Mexican dishes that range from tamales and chiles poblanos to chimichangas stuffed with beef tips. Their peppery fajitas can be made either with beef or with selections from the seafood menu, such as a combo of shrimp, crab, and tilapia. Patrons wash down their spicy medleys with drinks that include Dos Equis beer and specialty margaritas such as the Margarona, which adds Corona and acapella renditions of "My Sharona" to the classic beverage. The eatery surrounds its appetite-satisfying food with a similarly bright atmosphere, allowing diners to tear into burritos and tostadas amid sunny-yellow walls and colorful murals.