$15 for $30 Worth of Mexican Dinner Cuisine at Azul 17 in Columbia

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Cooks prepare dishes such as chicken in mole sauce, while bartenders forge beverages using more than 100 blue-agave tequilas

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Expires Oct 9th, 2013. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Reservations recommended. Dine-in and dinner only. Not valid with specials. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The conquistadors visited Mexico looking for gold, spices, and a food to pair with their frozen margaritas in cactus glasses. Share in their discovery with this Groupon.

$15 for $30 Worth of Mexican Dinner Cuisine

Chefs make their own guacamoles ($10–$13), relying on traditional ingredients such as cilantro and fresh lime, or adding new twists with queso fresco or lump crabmeat. They also assemble four different tacos ($14 each), and bathe red snapper, shrimp, or their current seasonal fish with tart and tangy ceviches ($9 each). For heartier main courses, they craft signature dishes such as chicken in mole poblano ($21) and Tarahumara steak ($21). See the full menu.

Azul 17

Husband-wife duo Julio and Lily Soto opened Azul 17 to celebrate not only Mexican cuisine, but to also embrace the culture through music, vibrant design, and a selection of more than 100 tequilas made with 100% blue agave. Their chefs all hail from Mexico and bring family recipes to the kitchen—including one chef's grandmother's recipe for black beans. It's “old world style with updated presentation,” says manager Peter Bonohue. Peter has been in the restaurant business since he could legally work, and to him, Azul 17 has an especially fun atmosphere. “I love tequila now,” he confessed.

While chefs simmer their signature mole sauce and servers add fresh lime juice to margaritas, guests recline atop white leather banquettes or modern chairs. Eyes dance with murals and shimmering blue-tile mosaics splashed against white walls. Those whites are illuminated with a multicolored neon glow as DJs spin club, house, and Mexican tunes starting at 10 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. On Thursdays at 8 p.m., guests can spice up their tired hokey-pokey routine with salsa lessons.

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