Mexican cuisine evolved through a confluence of indigenous and European elements, as did America's rich culinary traditions of corndog soufflés and schnitzel-stuffed turkey. Chow down cross-culturally with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mexican fare at Enrique’s Mexican Cuisine in Monrovia.
Taste buds can board crunchy tortilla-chip rafts and cascade down spicy currents of salsa and enchilada sauce with Enrique's Mexican Cuisine's menu of complex dishes inspired by the home cooking of Oaxaca and the Yucatán Peninsula. Served with rice, beans, and a warm tortilla, the shrimp of the camarones rancheros charter a peppery cruise through oceans of zesty ranchero sauce ($13.95), casting a tableside anchor near land-based specialties such as the grilled rib-eye Gaucho steak ($15.95). Slow-roasted in a banana leaf, the marinated pork of the cochinita-pibil plate emerges tenderly from its green envelope like a love letter from a leprechaun ($13.95). The restaurant’s legendary tamales bundle together various combinations of meat, cheese, and chilies in husky masa packages, keeping them as cozy as sleeping bags in front of a fireplace on Christmas Eve ($7.95 with rice and beans).
Enrique's drinks menu spills over with 10 specialty margaritas flavored with prickly pear or sweet-and-sour tamarind to cleanse flavor-overloaded palates ($7+). A breakfast menu skips the drinks for a pre-noon party of omelets ($8.95), chilaquiles ($7.95), and other tasty huevos-based creations.
150 E Colorado Blvd.
Monrovia, California 91016