Food Paradise: Mexican Food Paradise

  (8 restaurants)    
Aired on: March 13, 2013 
Aired on: March 13, 2013 
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Bone Garden Cantina ($$)
(979 ratings)

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
979 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 RestauranteSee Guelaguetza Restaurante Video ($$)
(2879 ratings)

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
2879 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)
Tomasita's ($$)
(1578 ratings)

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
1578 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
Yuca's ($)
(842 ratings)

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
842 ratings
opened in 1976; taco stand/hut; won James Beard Award; recognized by USA Today, L.A. Times, Gourmet Magazine & others
El Charro Cafe ($$)
(2006 ratings)

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
2006 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 IndioSee El Indio Video ($)
(1791 ratings)

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
  • Pork Salsa Verde
    pork & green tomato salsa; served w/ tortillas, rice & beans
  • Potato Taquito
    mashed potato mix rolled in tortilla & deep fried; served w/ salsa, guacamole, lettuce & 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
1791 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 & the White House
Joe T Garcia's ($$)
(2427 ratings)

2201 N Commerce St Map It!
Fort Worth, TX 76164
(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
2427 ratings
since 1935; started as a restaurant w/ only 16 capacity of over 1000 including outdoor garden patio seating; festive atmosphere
Casa Bonita [CLOSED]See Casa Bonita Video ($$)
(1918 ratings)

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
1918 ratings
[CLOSED]; 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 
Aired on: March 13, 2013