Food Paradise: Mexican Food Paradise

  (8 restaurants)    
Aired on: March 13, 2013 
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Bone Garden CantinaBone Garden Cantina
1425 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd Map It!
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 418-9072
  • Carne Adobo Tacos
    grilled steak marinated in guajillo chile, crushed red pepper & garlic, topped w/ cilantro & onion served on folded soft corn tortillas; comes w/ side of salsa picante; looks good
  • Puerco Azteca Tamales
    top selling tamale; corn masa filled w/ spicy pork, red chiles, garlic & onion; steamed in a banana leaf & served w/ salsa verde
4.0 out of 5
678 ratings
authentic Mexican cuisine; offer over 60 premium tequilas; playful Mexican tradition skeleton art decor based on Dia de los Muertos ("Day of the Dead"), a fall fiesta honoring family ancestors
Guelaguetza RestaurantGuelaguetza Restaurant
3014 W Olympic Blvd Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 427-0608
  • Chapulines
    pan-roasted grasshoppers; native Oaxacans call it "popcorn"
  • Festival de Moles
    mole tasting plate; includes black mole, red mole, estofado & coloradito, served w/ sliced chicken breast, a side of rice & a hand-made tortilla; looks good
  • Mezcal
    alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant native to Mexico; similar to tequila
  • Mole Negro
    signature dish; choice of chicken breast or chicken legs covered w/ oaxacais black mole (Oaxacan sauce) made from chiles, nuts, seeds, spices & oaxacan chocolate; served w/ rice; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1549 ratings
in Koreatown; they travel every year to Oaxaca to handpick ingredients & partners (authentic); offers all seven of Oaxacan's traditional moles; "best Oaxacan restaurant in the country"-Jonathan Gold (L.A. Times food critic)
500 S Guadalupe St Map It!
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 983-5721
  • Burritos Grandes
    served w/ cheese & choice of red, green, or vegetarian red or green chile or both (half red, half green called the "Christmas burrito"); looks good
4.0 out of 5
596 ratings
#64 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); housed in former train station for the Chili Line that hauled thousands of pounds of chilis from NM to CO
2056 Hillhurst Ave Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 662-1214
  • Cochinita Pibil Taco
    signature dish; flour taco w/ shredded Yucatan-style pork (slow-cooked for 12 hrs), topped w/ house-made salsa; looks good
  • Vaporcitos
    "little vapors"; thin pork tamales & topped w/ homemade tomato sauce; available on Saturdays only
4.0 out of 5
700 ratings
opened in 1976; taco stand/hut; won James Beard Award; recognized by USA Today, L.A. Times, Gourmet Magazine & others
El Charro CafeEl Charro Cafe
311 N Court Ave Map It!
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 622-1922
  • Carne Seca Platter
    half-pound of carne seca (Sonoran desert sun-dried marinated lean Angus beef that is shredded & flash-grilled w/ green chile, tomato & onions; comes w/ guacamole, Pico de Charro, arroz & frijoles refritos or Charros, flour or corn tortillas; "A Taste Explosion"-Gourmet Magazine
  • Chimichanga
    Chimichanga was supposedly created here
3.5 out of 5
937 ratings
est. 1922 (oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family in U.S.); birthplace of the Chimichanga; featured in Bon Appetit, Gourmet Magazine, USA Today, The NBC Today Show, Parade Magazine, the NY and LA Times
El IndioEl Indio
3695 India St Map It!
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 299-0333
  • Beef Taquitos
    rolled-up tacos
  • Chile Relleno
  • Tamales
    choice of beef, chicken, pork, veggie or plain; handmade everyday w/ in-house stone-ground Masa wrapped in corn husks; steamed, unwrapped & then topped w/ choice of 3 sauces & cheese; looks good
  • Taquitos
    top seller; shredded beef, shredded chicken or potato rolled in a tortilla & deep-fried; topped w/ salsa, cheese, shredded lettuce & guacamole
  • Tortilla
    corn-based; made everyday; leftovers are deep-fried & made to tortilla chips
3.5 out of 5
1321 ratings
opened in 1940; family-owned 3 generations; local favorite; started as a tortilla factory then bloomed to a full-blown restaurant serving around the world (including care packages to our soldiers) as well as to Congress and the White House
Joe T Garcia's Mexican RestaurantJoe T Garcia's Mexican Restaurant
2201 N Commerce St Map It!
Fort Worth, TX 76106
(817) 626-4356
  • Chicken Fajitas
    grilled chicken breasts, rice, beans, guacamole, flour tortillas, pico-de-gallo, chips & hot sauce; looks good
  • Enchilada Dinner
    2 cheese enchiladas, 2 tacos, 2 cheeese nachos, rice, beans guacamole & corn tortillas
  • Margaritas
    claim by customers to be the best in Texas
3.5 out of 5
1230 ratings
since 1935; started as a restaurant w/ only 16 capacity of over 1000 including outdoor garden patio seating; festive atmosphere
Casa BonitaCasa Bonita
6715 W Colfax Ave Map It!
Lakewood, CO 80214
(303) 232-5115
  • All-You-Can-Eat Deluxe Dinner
    beef or chicken; includes a crispy taco, two enchiladas, Mexican rice, refried beans, guacamole & sour cream; Deluxe Dinners also include chips, queso, salsa & sopaipillas w/ honey
2.5 out of 5
1336 ratings
opened in 1974; 52,000-square feet, over 1000-seat landmark w/ famous pink tower facade that is 85 feet tall & topped w/ dome is covered with 22-karat gold leaf and features a statue of the last Aztec emperor (Quahuatomec); also has waterfall, designed to resemble the cliffs of Acapulco, that is 30 feet high & the pool is 14 feet deep; fun, festive decor w/ roaming mariachi bands, puppet shows, arcade games, flame throwers, "cliff" divers & more; looks fun!
Food Paradise: Mexican Food Paradise  (8 restaurants)    
Aired on: March 13, 2013