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.
Taqueria Mixteca’s spice-wielding culinarians shepherd taste buds on a tour of Mexico's distinctive flavorscape with a menu brimming with tortilla-centric spreads, meaty entrees, and vegetarian-friendly eats. A starter of nachos maya paves the way for heartier main courses ($4.95), such as the quesadillas ($2.50–$4.99), chimichangas ($7.50), or fajitas flaunting marinated beef ($9.95), chicken ($9.95), or shrimp ($10.95). Satiate shell cravings without licking peanut casings or ninja turtles with a hefty burrito ($4-6) or taco, which can come stuffed with your choice of meat, including chicken ($1.95) and fried pork ($1.95). Herbivores hungry enough to graze on the tassels of nearby mariachi players can sharpen their incisors on the meatless taco salad ($4.75) or cheese enchilada platter ($5.75). Conclude nosh fests with a toothsome slice of flan ($3) or tres leches cake ($2.75).
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.
El Picante Authentic Mexican Cuisine's packed menu boasts more than 100 options, including tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and other traditional Mexican favorites. Patrons can stop by between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for one of 35 lunch specials such as the taco lunch ($4.25) or a plate populated with a mushroom quesadilla, beef enchilada, and chalupa ($5.50). More than 10 seafood dinners get senses swimming with choices such as the salmon a la Mexicana ($12.99), and the steak and shrimp plate ($11.25) gets the land and sea on speaking terms in a massive wave of flavor. Guests can cool off their summer-seasoned palates with a margarita or cerveza from El Picante Authentic Mexican Cuisine's full bar before picking from 25 combo dinners, such as the beef burrito, enchilada, and tamale plate ($7.99), or the ever popular plate-bowl hybrid.