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As if trying to compensate for the overwhelmingly U.S.-centric Hotel Zone, this typical Mexican family restaurant evokes all the cherished traditions: a sculpture of a bull out front, a hostess in a colorful embroidered blouse, waiters bearing trays of drinks on their heads, and mariachis every night. The open-air dining room’s arches, fountains and balconies are reminiscent of an old hacienda, and the menu revives authentic traditional recipes, from the Caribbean (salmon with coriander sauce) and Old Mexico (mole enchiladas, Yucatecan poc-chuc pork), as well as sizzling parrilladas (mixed grill plates for two) and all manner of tacos. A tequila sampler is available for the asking.

-Christine Delsol