Though coveting thy neighbor's wife or underground sprinkler system is beyond the pale, longing for a mouthful of his cuisine is an understandable desire. Today's Groupon satisfies desires to eat from the table of our nation's neighbor: for $12, you get $25 worth of imaginative Mexican fare and drinks at Alebrijes Mexican Bistro, located in Lodi.
Since opening in 2007, Alebrijes Mexican Bistro and executive chef and owner Ruben Larrazolo have been serving up imaginative gourmet Mexican fare, margaritas, and seasonal concoctions, such as pomegranate guacamole. After perusing the extensive menu with a jeweler’s magnifying glass, whet your appetite with fresh guacamole ($7.49), made tableside, or jalapenos rellenos ($6.99), stuffed peppers wrapped in bacon. Sink mouth knives into Gaviotas Yucatecas ($11.99), enchiladas loaded with sautéed prawns, garlic, tomato, and onions. Or try the Chile Rellenos Monterrey ($12.99), peppers pepped up with beef tenderloin, goat cheese, mushrooms, and onions. More traditional Mexican dishes include made-to-order burritos ($4.50 and up, but prices change according to meat) and herbivorian cuisine includes soy tacos ($7.49) and portobello fajitas ($7.49).
Alebrijes’ brightly painted walls, draped pennants, and collection of alebrijes, colorful papier-mâché monsters, transform the interior into a lively dining environment. Sip inventive cocktails or margaritas, made with unexpected ingredients such as jalapenos, hibiscus, mango, and basil, as you bask in the colorfulality.
Alebrijes Mexican Bistro
The inspiration behind Alebrijes Mexican Bistro is the stuff of nightmares—Pedro Linares’ nightmares, to be specific. At the age of 30, the Mexican artist fell deathly ill. As he lay in bed, unconscious, he dreamt of a strange world filled with brightly colored monsters—a donkey with butterfly wings and a rooster with the head of an eagle among others—all shouting “alebrijes, alebrijes, alebrijes!” When he awoke, he wanted to show his family and friends all that he had seen, so he replicated his first alebrije from brightly painted papier-mâché. To this day, his family still crafts these strange creatures to serve as unusual home accents.
Pedro Linares' monsters inspired Alebrijes Mexican Bistro's name, as well as its decor, which showcases brightly colored paintings of his nightmarish beasts. In 2012, the bistro also won the Lodi News Reader’s Choice award for Best Mexican Restaurant, thanks to its gourmet burritos and regionally inspired dishes such as oaxaca mole, guanajuato bacon-wrapped prawns, and guacamole prepared in the style of Mexico City. The restaurant also infuses their own tequilas.