A Main Street hotspot, Crystal Park Cantina is serving up refreshing, unique twists on Mexican fare. The light, comfortable bar space serves margaritas that showcase their signature, all-natural margarita mix with gently pasteurized lemon, lime and orange juices. Also made in house are their simple syrups, utilizing organic cane sugars. Taste the difference in the jalapeño cilantro margarita with fresh muddled cilantro and jalapeños, or their sangria margarita: a fusion of traditional Spanish and Mexican cocktails. Similarly, the food flavors draw inspiration from multiple countries. But everything is house made, from the saffron-infused rice served with all entrées to the authentic mole sauce. And if it’s just a big plate of nachos you’re looking to wash down with that margarita, you won’t be disappointed at Crystal Park Cantina.
If you ask locals where they eat regularly, many will say Loco Lizard Cantina, a favorite since 1999. The lively atmosphere and fresh Mexican cuisine — not to mention reasonable prices — draw everyone from hungry mountain bikers, golfers, families, large groups and couples looking for a relaxed night out. In summer claim a seat on the patio, where you’ll be served warm, house-made tortilla chips and two types of salsa. If you’re really hungry, order the guacamole, spiked with the chef’s secret spices. Make sure to save room for your meal. Everything, from tamales to the three varieties of mole, is made in-house and fresh to order. Loco Lizard serves only top quality ingredients, such as wild salmon, Alaskan halibut, Gulf shrimp, rostisserie chicken and New York strip steak. Join them for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch and try one of their amazing margaritas. You’ll be glad you stopped by.
Modern black and white murals adorn the walls of the newly opened Tekila Mexican Grill & Cantina, on Main Street. The images pay homage to Dia de Los Muertos, the traditional Mexican holiday. Similarly, the menu of food items at Tekila aims to promote traditional Mexican flavors and styles. Take the carne asada tacos: served simply in the classic street-taco style with cilantro, onions, rice, beans and salsa. The chile verde, baby back ribs prepared with a green tomatillo sauce, feature simmered nopales, or cacti. Shredded chicken is smothered in house-made mole sauce that is lightly sweet, but with some retained spice in the mole poblano. Enjoy fresh ingredients, daily salsa specials, a family-friendly atmosphere and a bar with flat screen televisions for the drinking age crowd when you dine at Tekila. Did we mention it has one of the state’s largest selections of tequila?