Arturo and Tina Vargas have a unique way of celebrating their family's central Mexican roots. They make an annual journey to different locales south of the border, ending each trip with a visit to their hometown of Cuernavaca. But these aren't average vacations. Instead, Arturo and Tina use the opportunity to discover new ingredients or recipes that they can bring back to Cristina's Fine Mexican Restaurant, their flavorful franchise of Texas eateries. Their culinary findings appear throughout the menu of Tex-Mex cooking.
The staff at each of the Vargas' venues wholeheartedly embraces those deep roots, making flour tortillas in-house, hand-rolling enchiladas, and preparing orders of guacamole directly beside diners' tables. But that's not to say the dishes are expected?salmon with pineapple butter and fried chicken breast with white wine-cream sauce demonstrate some of the kitchens' more experimental inclinations. Flavored margaritas and mojitos can add spirited refreshment to meals, as can any of the beers that the restaurants import from Mexico via man with a very strong throwing arm.
Whether constructing an extravagant tiered wedding cake, molding 3D teddy bears from fondant, or planting cake pops in a field of popcorn, Annie’s bakers are known to astound. Although cakes double as eye candy, flavors such as Mexican chocolate and almond butter ensure the artworks taste as good as they look.
When Lois Margolet first opened Capriotti's Sandwich Shop in Wilmington, Delaware, 36 years ago, she and her brother, Alan, worked from the second story of a boarded-up building, roasting 10–12 whole turkeys every night and churning out a “real turkey lover's” sandwich each day. Today, Capriotti's has expanded across 14 states, each location stacking the same award-winning hot and cold sandwiches, racking up such accolades as The Best of Las Vegas 2013 and Best of Delaware 2013 prizes from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Delaware Today, respectively, as well as being named one of "10 great places to bite into a surprising sandwich" by USA Today. Though the shop is still known for its slow-roasted-turkey creations—such as the Thanksgiving-inspired Bobbie, voted greatest sandwich in America by AOL's Lemondrop.com, piled with cranberry sauce and stuffing—its menu now ventures into the realm of roast beef, italian deli meats with such sandwiches as the capastrami, cheesesteaks, and vegetarian treats, such as meatless chicken and turkey.
Henry Gentry started out by making specialty ice cream for local chefs, but soon realized he could apply the same principle to the public: let people ask for the flavors they want, then make them. He usually has about 35 different flavors of his rich, 16% butter-fat ice cream available, from Butterscotch Blast to the ever-popular cinnamon.
Spice up your week with a trip to Blue Mesa Grill in Plano, and enjoy grub at the top of its game.
Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Blue Mesa Grill's menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit.
Blue Mesa Grill guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to Blue Mesa Grill — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Blue Mesa Grill's seasonally available outdoor seating.
You can also serve food from Blue Mesa Grill at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
You can also grab your grub to go.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Blue Mesa Grill — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, but it's the brunch menu that draws the most rave reviews from patrons.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Red Hot and Blue, a down-home barbecue joint in Plano.
Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Red Hot and Blue's menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit.
Red Hot and Blue visitors can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
At Red Hot and Blue, kids of all ages are welcome.
Get your whole crew together at Red Hot and Blue, offering lots of special space for larger parties.
Throwing a big party? Count on Red Hot and Blue to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
Your tab at Red Hot and Blue will usually run to about $30 per guest.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Red Hot and Blue serves up all three meals.