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American classics with a south-of-the-border twist

Globalization continues to infiltrate mainstream menus. According to the Bellevue, Wash.-based Hartman Group, global flavors will soon be taken for granted as part of everyday life; millennials and younger Americans have been raised with global palates. As more and more restaurants try to capitalize on the popularity of ethnic foods in some way, it’s becoming more important than ever for restaurateurs to differentiate their own globally-influenced menu options from those of their competitors.

In order to do exactly that, some chefs are putting a unique spin on their menus by fusing traditional Mexican ingredients with classic American dishes. Here’s a sample of some menu items that successfully mash up these fresh flavors.

Mexican Radio
New York City
Mexican Mac ‘n Cheese: corn, jalapeños, poblanos, peppers, cheese, cream, spices; $15

Amphora Restaurant
Vienna, Va.
Mexican Cheesesteak Sub: thinly sliced rib eye, tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, melted pepper jack cheese, chipotle mayonnaise; $11

Milagro Grill
Phoenix
Milagro Burger: jalapeño, bacon, manchego cheese, pickled chile, Milagro sauce; $12

Golden Apple
Chicago
Tito Bandito Steak Burger & Eggs: jack cheese, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, eggs, refried beans, rice, tortilla chips; $9

Delicia
Indianapolis
Short Ribs with Ancho Salsa: braised boneless short ribs, ancho salsa, roasted vegetables, white sweet potato mash; $24

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