Prickly Pear is the new restaurant from the people who brought you Funky Monkey and Bananas Diner, and this is one that is unique to the area. It features the cuisine of the American Southwest, which should not be confused with Tex-Mex. You might see some similarities — after all, Tex is part of the American Southwest, too. But you’ll also see influences of New Mexico and Arizona, and you’ll find vibrant seasonings and spices in many of the dishes. The food is not necessarily hot, in fact little of it is, but the addition of chili pepper, say, to a spice rub can give a dish a certain piquancy. Here’s a link if you missed my review of Prickly Pear.
But why don’t you go see for yourself? The guys at FMI have authorized me to offer an SJO Dining Deal at Prickly Pear: $40 of food and drink for just $20. Click here for details.