The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of boring, inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of organic and locally sourced Mediterranean fare and drinks at Alhambra, located in McAllen.
Step inside Alhambra's modern dining room to relax amid comfortable tangerine and chocolate furnishings and feast on fresh Moorish- and Spanish-inspired dishes illuminated by cool cerulean glow. Executive chef James Canter bills the restaurant's menu of tongue-ticklers "New Mediterranean" and "cuisine with a conscience," as dishes are prepared using fresh ingredients from local and organic farms. Warm up your palate with hot small plates like the crispy avocado ($7) or crispy calamari with goat cheese fritter ($9), or extinguish swallowed firecrackers with a cold platter of Persian tuna tar-tar ($12). If you fill up on appetizers before embarking on a house specialty, like the Moroccan chicken tagine ($24), top off your taste buds with airy and fruity flavors in Alhambra's hookah lounge.
Zach Quaintance of the Monitor recommends Alhambra:
- Alhambra makes a serious case for best-looking restaurant in town. It’s a sexy, sexy place. The design smacks of the same Mediterranean flare as the bountiful menu…Lobster Paella marks this elegant restaurant’s finest dish. – Zach Quaintance, Monitor