Welcome to Groupon Raleigh/Durham! For our inaugural deal, $10 gets you $25 worth of grub and guzzle at all four Triangle locations of Bandido's Mexican Cafe.
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How Groupon Works
Groupon is a combination of the words group and coupon. Each day, we offer an unbeatable deal on the best of the Triangle: restaurants, spas, sporting events, theater, and more. By promising businesses a minimum number of customers, we get discounts you won't find anywhere else. We call it "collective buying power."
If you want to get the deal, just click BUY before the offer ends at midnight. If the minimum number of people (25 for today's deal) sign up by the end of the day, you'll get a printable gift certificate in your inbox the next morning that you can use whenever you want (well, at least until the deal expires—today's expires in six months). If not enough people join, no one gets the deal (and you won't be charged), so invite your friends to make sure you get the discount!
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Mother always said no À la recherche du temps perdu until after dinner. Speed your path to bittersweet memories of Combray with today's plate-clearing deal. For $10, you get $25 worth of savory Tex-Mex at Bandido's Mexican Cafe. Your Groupon is good for lunch or dinner all four Triangle locations: Durham, Chapel Hill, the RTP, and Hillsborough. The restaurant's authentic dishes, zesty salsa, and family-friendly atmosphere gave readers of the Herald-Sun no choice but to name it Best Mexican Restaurant in 2009. Bandido's has picked up numerous other accolades, including most improved junior bowler in 1994.
The menu offers a veritable smorgasbord of options. Each dish is made to order in a kitchen blessed by the patron saint of cleanliness, Mr. Clean. Some of Bandido's favorite dishes are the aptly named El Favorito combo (one cheese enchilada, one bean burrito, and one tostaguac, $8.95) or succulent carne asada, served with pico de gallo, flour tortillas, and two sides ($10.95). Sink your oversized novelty teeth into a hefty el scorcho burrito, which is stuffed to the floury gills with refried beans and your choice of meat and smothered in hot el scorcho salsa ($9.95). There are a variety of combo dinners ($6.95–$10.95) featuring different combinations of tacos, enchilada, tamales, and burritos. Hit the dusty trail at high noon for lighter lunch specials, such as the taco salad ($5.75) and vegetarian combo (cheese enchilada, bean burrito, and bean tostada, $6.25), or just grab a spork and feed yourself delicious salsa straight-up ($3.95 per pint).
Freshly imported Mexican air circulates throughout the establishment, dusting every inch of the décor with transformative besos. Fun-loving crowds connect the sombreros dotting the walls to form a constellation of atmospheric elation. The murals surrounding diners paint bright undertones of eye candy while the friendly servers bustling around the restaurant deliver spicy mouth candy to hollow stomachs. Hot dates, cool families, and lukewarm pre-school reunions are all welcome to feast and fiesta while basking in south-of-the-border glory.
This Groupon is only applicable toward alcohol with the purchase of food.
- The food is absolutely incredible. The salsa is perfectly spicy, the chips salty but delicious, and the service very friendly. They recognize me every time I come in, and even seem to remember friends of mine if I bring them more than once. There are gorgeous murals on the walls and the food comes piping hot. – rosemarytoremember, Citysearch
- Authentic mexican food, nice ambiance and great service! We had the chicken fajitas and will definitely go back! They were friendly and made us feel very welcome. Very clean place too! – Ruby1313, TripAdvisor
Two cyber rivals even got into a rare Internet fight over which dish is tops:
Bandido's Mexican Café
Tony, the owner of Bandido's Mexican Café , learned the tricks of the trade while working at his family’s Mexican restaurant as a teenager. Today, he and his wife own and operate two Bandido’s locations, which serve sizzling fajitas, crisp tacos, and burritos stuffed with beef, chicken, pork, or sautéed spinach. The Herald-Sun's readers praised Bandido's as the Best Mexican Restaurant in 2009, and the restaurant returns the favor by awarding individuals who finish the El Gigante burrito—a massive compilation of steak and chicken fajitas, rice, black beans, and shredded cheese—with a T-shirt and gentle pats on the back. The restaurant often hosts live entertainment, and the Hillsborough location supplements its selection of lunch and dinner fare with a Sunday brunch menu served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.