The right blend of Mexican spices turns meals into fiestas and lures droves of grazing piñatas within the reach of a sturdy broomstick. Enjoy south-of-the-border zest with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Tex-Mex fare at Marianito's Extreme Tex-Mex Grill.
For more than two decades, the Ximenez family has enchanted Texan eaters with a bold bill of fare that caught the attention of the Food Network. Shaded by red umbrellas on the breezy outdoor patio, diners can dive into Marianito's array of audacious appetizers, including the fresh guacamole ($3.99), mexican pizza with refried beans, cheese, beef or chicken, lettuce, and tomatoes ($6.99), and six different spins on classic nachos ($4.99+). Marianito's menu manifests an extreme enchilada, fried and drowned in enchilada sauce ($8.99), to go with the puffy tacos, which hide beef, chicken, guacamole, or dimes for the tooth-shaped fairy under their airy pillows ($6.49 for two). Those brazen enough to bite into the extreme grizzly burrito, 7 pounds of refried beans, carne guisada, and cheese, may be refunded for their feasting if they should finish it within one hour ($24.95).
Marianito's Extreme Tex-Mex Grill
Marianito's owners Felix and Judy Ximenez break culinary norms by supersizing classic Tex-Mex fare that has lured in visitors from as far away as Japan and the Middle East. The eatery's signature dish, a 7-pound burrito called the Extreme Grizzly, poses a challenge that, as of 2011, had only seen three victors—finish the behemoth in an hour and it's free. Once done with their meal, eaters can scribble poetic musings or a funny caricature of their enchilada on the restaurant's Hancock-ready wall.