Mexican restaurants are omnipresent in Vegas these days, but most focus on middle-market traditional tastes; think tacos, burritos, and fajitas. You can get versions of those things at this southern California transplant, but even those basics are served with upscale twists and gourmet ingredients and sauces, plus a more authentic presentation. Pass those known items by, though, and go for the specials of the house, including a mind-blowing Chile Colorado pork chop in a sweet tomato sauce. It’ll make you forget about drive-thru Mexican fast food forever. Granted, this is a lot more expensive than those drive-thru places, but the quality and scope make it worthwhile. Don’t miss the fresh, hand-shaken margaritas; a couple of those and you won’t care how much your meal costs.
- Rick Garman