After scientists revealed that UFOs were actually full-grown tortillas, people everywhere filled swimming pools with guac and beans to catch and dissect the floury creatures. Nab a tender, baby disc with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of food and drink at Antigua Mexican and Latin Restaurant, located in West Allis.
Antigua celebrates the authenticity of Latin cuisine with a menu pulling from the rich tapestry of Latin cooking. Mexico is represented with such dishes as the sweet tamale therapy of uchepos morelianos ($6.75) and the shredded pork of the cochinita pibil ($8 lunch, $13 dinner), and Cuba's ropa vieja ($8 lunch, $13.29 dinner) gives "old clothes" a good name with its slate of shredded flank steak, tomatoes, and peppers. With lomo saltado ($13.79), Peru uses its chance for culinary immortality wisely with marinated beef, aji peppers, and fried potatoes served over rice. Antigua even opens its arms in loving embrace to Tex-Mex, the confused stepcousin of Latin cooking, with chicken chimichangas ($12.59) and sizzling shrimp fajitas ($16.39).
Take a piece of Antigua back to your floating cloud fortress with a jar of the restaurant's famed salsa, or simply soak up the restaurant's brightly hued walls while soaking up the house margarita ($6.50). Fans of Antigua's appetite-quelling abilities can follow Antigua on Twitter to stay informed on future events, including the cooking classes hosted by the restaurant.
- There have been few times in my career as a food writer when an evening was inspiring. A recent scouting visit to Antigua Mexican and Latin Restaurant, 5823 W. Burnham St., not only left me feeling full in the most positive way; it left me wanting to come back for more, and as soon as possible. – Amy L. Schubert, OnMilwaukee.com
- It would be easy to do just a menu of chimichangas and burritos. Antigua takes an inspired direction and dresses up the location, so it’s easy to linger after settling the bill. – Anne Christenson, Milwaukee Magazine
- The flavors are authentic in every dish that I've tried--about half of the menu items--and blend with each other nicely. The pupusas are amazing and the mole sauce is tasty. – Steve G., Yelp
Antigua Latin Restaurant
The vibrant orange walls are enough to make Antigua Latin Restaurant stand out, but owner and self-taught chef Nicolas Ramos appeals to his customers' other senses with a menu of contemporary Mexican, Latin American, and Spanish dishes. He taps into his family's experience in the restaurant industry-which spans across more than 50 years-to populate his dining room's blue tablecloths with Cuban sandwiches, paella, traditional tapas, and enchiladas crafted from fresh ingredients. Additionally, the eatery's culinary experts host hands-on cooking classes that instruct students on the finer points of preparing a Caribbean feast or using a shrink ray to transform an entree into an appetizer.