The tortilla's thinness makes it ideal for folding, sliding under closed doors, and illustrating theories that the earth is flat and made of corn. Voyage to the edge of deliciousness with today's Groupon to Azul 17 in Columbia. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Mexican dinner fare.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Mexican lunch fare.
Azul 17's experienced chefs craft a variety of authentic Mexican dishes accompanied by modern presentation, ingredients, and décor. On the midday-minded lunch menu, the sopa de tortilla teems with tomatoes, peppers, and chicken ($4 for a cup, $6 for a bowl), while sushi-grade tuna basks raw in a bath of soy-lime marinade to form a fresh ceviche ($8). The dinner menu sports the enchiladas de mole Colorado, a trio of hand-pressed tortillas rolled with shredded beef and a red chili sauce ($14), and carnitas patria, sautéed pork laid over a black-bean chorizo broth ($16). Guacamole springs from plain avocados as though by magic, crafted tableside and served with chips ($10), while small plates, such as individual taqueria-style tacos ($3 for one, $8 for three), summon up the spirit of sharing with a tortilla Ouija board.
Azul 17 prides itself on its collection of more than 100 premium tequilas, employed individually or in a wide variety of cocktails and margaritas. Also available are a selection of beers and wines, all dispensed from the chromatically alluring bar, whose colored lighting scheme can be adjusted based on the room's average mood.
Husband-wife duo Julio and Lily Soto opened Azul 17 to celebrate not only Mexican cuisine, but to also embrace the culture through music, vibrant design, and a selection of more than 100 tequilas made with 100% blue agave. Their chefs all hail from Mexico and bring family recipes to the kitchen—including one chef's grandmother's recipe for black beans. It's “old world style with updated presentation,” says manager Peter Bonohue. Peter has been in the restaurant business since he could legally work, and to him, Azul 17 has an especially fun atmosphere. “I love tequila now,” he confessed.
While chefs simmer their signature mole sauce and servers add fresh lime juice to margaritas, guests recline atop white leather banquettes or modern chairs. Eyes dance with murals and shimmering blue-tile mosaics splashed against white walls. Those whites are illuminated with a multicolored neon glow as DJs spin club, house, and Mexican tunes starting at 10 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. On Thursdays at 8 p.m., guests can spice up their tired hokey-pokey routine with salsa lessons.
9400 Snowden River Pkwy.
Columbia, Maryland 21045