El Porton Mexican Restaurant has sated cravings for fresh, healthy ingredients for more than two decades, serving up authentic Mexican lunches and dinners that complement the bar’s array of 85 tequilas. Amid golden walls that evoke a warm afternoon in a tropical cantina, guests kick-start stomachs by watching chefs craft lime-infused guacamole tableside. From the kitchen, beef and shrimp fajitas sizzle, wafting aromas of onion and bell pepper that transform into cartoon hands to lure in noses. Warm days open El Porton's patio, where sunshine heightens the flavors of make-your-own combo platters spread with chile rellenos, tostadas, and burritos, as well as USDA steaks aged a minimum of 21 days. Tequila shots arrive in flights or individually, and customizable margaritas in flavors such as mango and classic lime pour forth from salt-rimmed glasses to accentuate entrees and fuel conversations about Mexico's hidden agave rivers.
Tantalizing spices and curries carom between high-quality meats and vegetable morsels springing from all three pages of Taste of India's encyclopedic Middle Eastern menu. Eclectic, vibrant Indian dishes, including chicken and fish tikka, cook to juicy perfection amid the flames of a clay tandoor oven hot enough to inspire envy in dragon's breath. Alternatively, duos can stop to sniff shifting aromas as they mosey through a labyrinthine buffet of Indian victuals that winds, like a brick road dyed yellow with turmeric, past the eatery's full bar and scenic Middle Eastern–inspired décor.
A waiter, hands full of fresh avocado, peppers, and tomatoes, approaches the table. He expertly slices and stirs the ingredients in a lava-stone bowl with the nimble precision of a seasoned chef. Along with whipping up fresh guacamole prepared tableside, Santo Coyote cooks also grill sizzling fajitas, bake spicy seafood specialties, and roll freshly made tortillas that have been lauded by the Arkansas Times at two locations, with one recently opened on Pleasant Ridge Road. Meanwhile, bartenders blend their staggering selection of more than 100 tequilas into specialty margaritas beneath the metal sun sculptures that adorn the walls.
Back Yard Burgers serves up 100% Black Angus burgers that are made-to-order on genuine flame-licked grills. Third-pound patties dress for dinner with fresh lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, dill pickles, and a condimental trio of ketchup, mustard, and mayo. Patrons can further gussy up for patty prom with premium add-ons, including coleslaw, chili, sautéed mushrooms, and bacon, available at additional costs. Though not covered by this Groupon, sides such as loaded baked potatoes, chili, seasoned fries, and chili-cheese fries are also available to help diehard Weather Channel fans stay satisfied through five-day forecasts explained in real time.
After a serendipitous encounter with a philly cheesesteak during his college years, Charley of Charley's Grilled Subs set out to create a savory selection of specialty grilled subs and classic American fare, garnering national attention from the Webby Awards and Nation's Restaurant News. Today, his understudy chefs imprint grill marks on each toasty bread book before piling on accouterments, from 100% USDA choice steak and all-white-meat chicken to freshly grilled onions, real-dairy provolone cheese, and savory sauces. Diners can silence a grumbling stomach with a traditional philly cheesesteak topped with grilled onions and provolone or rescue a friend from hunger pains with a chicken-teriyaki sub sheathed in an emergency survival blanket of swiss cheese.
Green, leafy bamboo stalks reach from the floor to the ceiling at Lemongrass Asian Bistro, lining a bright yellow wall that contrasts from hanging red lamps. Therein, the wait staff ferries about artfully plated dishes, such as pineapple-marinated chicken served with bell peppers in half of a hollowed-out pineapple. Red and green curries coat servings of duck, beef, pork, chicken, or tofu, and seafood shines in jumbo shrimp flash-fried and topped with a caramelized cheese sauce.