Starting with a slate of Traditional Tex-Mex cuisine, the chefs at El Chile Restaurant introduce a twist: flavors that hail from El Salvador and Colombia. The menu places classics such as burritos packed with meats, bell peppers, and onions alongside creative tacos filled with brisket, shredded pork, and breaded chicken, topped with onions, pico de gallo, or Mexican coleslaw and chipotle mayo. Signature dishes such as the “volcanico,” flank oven-cooked with a zesty salsa and melted cheese, pairs easily with drinks such as margaritas, cocktails, and sangria.
With today’s Groupon tucked in the toe stop, guests can skate during any of the public skate sessions, which are typically offered at least five days a week. On select nights, ice walkers can enjoy the suborbital splendor of cosmic skating, a time when the lasers, fog machines, LED lights, and house speakers fill the air with a spectrum of color and an earful of skate-worthy beats. Parents can skate with their youngsters, youngsters can trot along with their siblings, and siblings can challenge rival families to cyclical drag races intensified by seasonally enchanting smiles.
El Porton Mexican Restaurant has sated cravings for fresh, healthy ingredients for more than two decades, serving up authentic Mexican lunches and dinners that complement the bar’s array of 85 tequilas. Amid golden walls that evoke a warm afternoon in a tropical cantina, guests kick-start stomachs by watching chefs craft lime-infused guacamole tableside. From the kitchen, beef and shrimp fajitas sizzle, wafting aromas of onion and bell pepper that transform into cartoon hands to lure in noses. Warm days open El Porton's patio, where sunshine heightens the flavors of make-your-own combo platters spread with chile rellenos, tostadas, and burritos, as well as USDA steaks aged a minimum of 21 days. Tequila shots arrive in flights or individually, and customizable margaritas in flavors such as mango and classic lime pour forth from salt-rimmed glasses to accentuate entrees and fuel conversations about Mexico's hidden agave rivers.
Moe’s dishes out Southwestern savories in a friendly, pop-culture-inspired atmosphere in which ingredient freshness is taken seriously. Despite strong pressure from the powerful small-appliance lobby, Moe's never uses freezers, microwaves, animal fat, lard, MSG, or food reanimators. Scarf up some free chips and salsa before starting an appetizing affair with the Homewrecker Burrito ($6.89), which fills out its tortilla tuxedo with a pound and a half of meat, beans, rice, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce, sour cream, and guacamole. Chicken club quesadillas ($7.49) provide poultry-powered palate pleasure, while kids’ meals ($3.29+) allow mini-munchers to feel like grown-up gastronomes without having to tackle adult tasks like paying taxes or destroying incriminating evidence. As you slide into your seat, keep an ear out for the music—Moe's prides itself on only playing the tunes of dead musicians, most of whom were alive when their music was recorded.
Armed with a menu packed with authentic Mexican eats, Monterrey Mexican Restaurant pleases palates within the comforting confines of a recently remodeled dining room. After warming up on an appetizer of crunchy nachos supreme or cheesy queso fundido, pairs or paired pairs can dive into a house favorite such as fish tacos stuffed with slivers of grilled or fried tilapia and served with pico de gallo and poblano sauce, or beef or chicken flautas–– Mexico’s deep-fried answer to the Cuban cigar. Chimichurri-slathered chunks of chicken arrive skewered for easy eating or an after-dinner game of darts in the alambre de pollo, and Monterrey's house margarita helps mouths cool down from bites of spicy pork chili verde.