Dead men tell no lies, and neither, it seems, do giant neon signs. "The Killer Margaritas" blazes above Cesar's door, an assertion backed by eight fruity choices (available large, jumbo and mega) and 18 tequilas. Sip it on the rocks or frozen, tableside or at one of three bars at this moderately-priced Mexican hot spot.
Prepare for an overindulgent night of food and drink. Starters like the delightful cheese quesadilla basket served with beans and sour cream, the super nachos and the tortipizza, layered with fresh cilantro, cheese, beans, tomatoes and onions, can easily fill you up before you've even glanced at the rest of the menu.
Opting for one of the day's specials, I reluctantly passed on the scrumptious-sounding pechua frida with pasilla rub and grilled nopales in favor of a mouth-watering half slab of pork ribs smothered in green sauce. Served with soup and accompanied by refried beans, rice and warmed tortillas, it was no surprise that I couldn't finish the sweet vanilla flan I chose for dessert. Entrees run $7-$14, but tack on a few $9 mega raspberry margaritas and your tab may not be so tiny.
Big drinks demand big crowds, and Cesar's will happily host large parties. And just like the "small" margarita goes by the name "large," your group is going to have to be a biggie: Reservations are made for groups of 10 or more.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Colin Douglas