At this popular Mexican eatery, an expansive banquet hall adjoins an equally cavernous dining room. Vibrantly colored sails hang high above to absorb some of the mariachi music reverberating off the tiled floor—creating a festive and raucous atmosphere. The patio is more peaceful; you can watch whole chickens roast and witness the creation of the tortilla that will wrap your burrito.
Tip: Happy hour. You can make a meal of the appetizers alone, which are half price Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., along with the margaritas.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.