pinatas, sombreros, strands of red and white lights, bright pink
walls, turquoise green ceiling, small red-leather booths -- doesn't
draw in customers. They come for the consistently good Mexican food
and friendly service.
There's a full bar, with six varieties of fruit margaritas ($5)
and four specialty margaritas that will please all. If you don't mind
paying mucho dinero for drinks, try the millionaire Grand Marnier
Centenaire margarita ($14.95), or billionaire Grand Marnier
Cinquantenaire margarita ($19.95), both with choices of premium
tequilas: Jose Cuervo Tradicional, Don Julio Silver, Patron Silver,
Tequila Nacional or Milagro Silver.
The oversized three-page menu has everything you'd want at a
Mexican restaurant -- guacamole, soups, Mexican combination plates,
enchiladas, burritos, taquitos, tostadas, sopas, salads, poultry and
seafood. There's even hola amiguito (younger than 12) plates for
$6.50 to 6.95.
Mexican breakfast is served all day, including the hangover cure
menudo ($5.95), a hearty soup made with tripe, calf's feet, red
chiles, hominy and spices ($5.95) and steak and eggs ($8.95)
For those who inexplicably have to order cheeseburgers and French
fries at a Mexican restaurant, there are those, too.
Appetizers cost $5.85 to $9.95. Mexican combinations cost $8.95 to
Highly recommended is a bowl of consome de pollo ($4.95), a pure
chicken broth-based soup that's spicy; the grilled shrimp soft shell
tacos with liberal slices of avocado, tomatoes and sour cream;
grilled chicken soft shell tacos with pinto beans on request,
guacamole and cilantro.
Starving? Order No. 23, tacos al pastor ($12.95) -- your choice of
top sirloin steak, chicken or pork in two delicious tacos with choice
of refried or pinto beans and guacamole. Or try fajitas a la
Mexicana, marinated tender strips of beef, chicken or pork with
julienne bell peppers and onions. Served with avocado relish, rice,
beans and tortillas. Fresh tortillas chips and one of the best
homemade salsas in town come with all meals.
You'll never leave here hungry, generous portions, but you could
miss dessert. The freshly made flan can sell out, and sometimes ice
cream and sherbet aren't available. Luckily for you, there's a Cold
Stone Creamery across the street.
Red Robin, a casual dining restaurant specializing in gourmet
burger and spirits, plans to open at Fashion Island in early July.
Established in 1969, Red Robin is known for its extensive (more than
22) gourmet burgers, all-you-can-eat steak fries and signature Mad
Mixology drinks, served in friendly atmosphere. Burgers can be
ordered with beef, chicken, veggie, fish, pot roast or turkey.
Toppings include grilled pineapple, guacamole, green chilies, honey
mustard, barbecue sauce, fries onion straws, sauteed mushrooms and
more. Other items include salads, soups, appetizers, entrees and