Though coveting thy neighbor's wife or underground sprinkler system is beyond the pale, longing for a mouthful of his cuisine is an understandable desire. Today's Groupon satisfies desires to eat from the table of our nation's neighbor: for $7, you get $15 worth of healthy Mexican fare and drinks at AVA in East Liberty. On nights when the AVA charges a cover, this Groupon waives the fee.
AVA is an upscale lounge that dishes out nutritious, Mexican-inspired meals in a softly lit atmosphere. To start, dig into a tortilla chips basket, furnished with cups of green salsa and fried beans ($4, $5 with guacamole). Beer-thirst can be slaked with one of five brews on tap, such as the Franziskaner weissbier ($5.75) and Woodchuck amber cider ($4.50), while myriad bottles, specialty drinks, and wine round out the portal to potable potations. For a main course, fill up on health-conscious eats such as the veggie burrito, a mixture of tofu, rice, spinach, and mozzarella encased in a multigrain tortilla ($7). Satisfy a jones for poultry with a nontraditional torta, which piles breaded chicken, mozzarella, a bean spread, avocados, and chipotle sauce on top of toasted bread or a multigrain wrap ($7). To correct the false belief that avocados are vegetables, order a side of guacamole ($3), proving once and for all that they're actually concentrated happiness.
Delighting the ears as well as the stomach, AVA hosts live jazz musicians on most Mondays, and DJs twirl funk, reggae, or hip-hop beats on most other nights of the week. AVA's upscale environment features a dark, romantic color palate, ornate live fixtures, and comfortable couches, ensuring you'll never again need to have your meal disrupted by revelers at a live-action role-playing–game-themed taquería.