Like a wedding, fusion cuisine unites two separate entities that must learn to work together while being pelted with rice. Taste a cross-cultural celebration with today's Groupon to Garcia Brogan's in Lowell. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of casual Mexican and Irish fare.
- For $35, you get $80 worth of casual Mexican and Irish fare for four or more.
A marriage of cuisines nurtured on sunny Mexican shores and rain-dolloped Irish pastures, Garcia Brogan's yields the torrential taste downpour of their culinary offspring. Peruse the dinner menu after sidling up next to the stone fireplace reminiscent of a Connemara cottage or after wading through the dining room's warm tope archways suggestive of the arch over the Mississippi River that leads into Mexico. Sirloin tips, a house specialty, marinate medallions in a maple-Irish-whiskey glaze before pairing them with garlic mashed potatoes ($13.99). Paella à la Garcia stews chicken, chorizo, littleneck clams, shrimp, and mussels before tossing them over a bed of saffron and rice ($20.99). For fare more laidback than business casual cutoffs, abandon your fork and knife for the Paddy O'Melt ($9.99) or the burrito relleno ($8.99). For midday munching, the lunch menu prompts pairing with a half-soup-and-half-sandwich combo that entices with a chili con carne or Irish beef stew ($6.99).
Garcia Brogan's embodies the festive natures of its two national monikers, with entertainment seven nights a week that includes pub trivia, live Irish music, karaoke, and competitive crocheting.
Part Mexican cantina, part Irish pub, and all cop, Garcia Brogan's blends disparate cultures in both its menu and its decor, which features murals and folk art from Mexico and Ireland. Whether guests want a glass of Irish whiskey or a fine tequila, Garcia Brogan's bartenders keep the drinks flowing, pouring a river of alcohol in which tacos and shepherd's pie bob appetizingly. The restaurant hosts pub trivia nights and live Irish music on the weekends.