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What You'll Get
Texan witches often cursed their enemies with the Tex-Mex Hex—causing them to weep ranchero sauce, sprout burritos on their arms, and turn everything they touch into refried beans. Celebrate a more benevolent form of this delectable magic with today’s Groupon to Barrio Tacos and Tequila in Birmingham. Choose from the following options:
- For $39, you get a three-course dinner for two (up to a $90 total value). The dinner includes:
- One appetizer to share, which may include items listed under Ceviche & Campechana, Soup & Salad, Snacks, or Queso Fundido (up to a $16 value)
- One entree per person (up to a $22 value each)
- One house drink per person (up to a $12 value each)
- One dessert to share (a up to a $6 value)<p>
- For $79, you get a three-course dinner for four (up a to $180 total value). The dinner includes:
- Two appetizers to share, which may include items listed under Ceviche & Campechana, Soup & Salad, Snacks, or Queso Fundido (up to a $16 value each)
- One entree per person (up to a $22 value each)
- One house drink per person (up to a $12 value each) or one carafe of Clásico margarita to share (a $40 value)
- Two desserts to share (a up to a $6 value each)<p>
- For $20, you get $40 worth of modern Mexican fare and drinks during dinner. Entrees range from $11 to $22 each.<p>
Led by executive chef and Texas native Hammond Lawton, the culinary artisans at Barrio Tacos craft a menu inspired by regional Mexican cuisine and traditional street fare. Fresh ingredients delivered daily morph into dishes such as the shrimp campechana, a medley of grilled shrimp, lime, and mango in a Veracruzana-style spicy tomato broth that rewards mouths for maintaining well-formed dental arches. Nine taco variations include three styles of fish tacos and hongos, which are three double-layered corn tortillas lined with roasted mushrooms, goat-cheese crema, and roasted-tomato salsa. Duos and foursomes can cleanse their palates or refill squirt guns with house drinks off the cocktail menu, such as the citrusy Signatura margarita composed of silver tequila and Patrón Citrónge. Alternatively, the tequila menu lists more than 125 spirits, including 15 mezcals (three-course diners may upgrade for the difference in price). Diners bring each meal to a decadent conclusion by choosing from four dessert options, including fried ice cream topped with panko bread crumbs, chocolate-chili sauce, and an edible sombrero.
Barrio’s interior continues the eatery’s approach to updating tradition, eschewing typical taquería style for a modern aesthetic of contemporary lines and cool blues illuminated by sunlight spilling in through large glass panels. Diners may also admire the custom wall mural, painted by Tijuana-based graffiti artist Acamonchi, before attempting to duplicate the image on their plate. For those who like to linger, the kitchen serves until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 1, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Dine-in only. For 3-course dinner options, valid for house drinks under $12 and appetizers from Ceviche and Campechana, Soup and Salad, Snacks, or Queso Fundido menu sections only. Sin nombre taco platters not valid for 3-course dinner options. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Barrio Tacos and Tequila
Once inside Barrio Tacos and Tequila, one is immediately struck by the smoky blues and warm blooms of color that fill the space. Frosted panes of azure glass line one side of the restaurant, and vibrant murals overtake the other walls—the ones that aren't stacked with shelves of tequila bottles, anyway. Orange lights from above branch into glowing tendrils, studding the navy ceiling with miniature suns and illuminating the mortar and pestle on each table. These points of color are akin to the sparks of flavor inside the menu: pleasantly surprising and, in the words of the Detroit News, "bright and well-balanced."
Executive chef Ryan Porter is the brain behind Barrio’s inventive recipes. As a teenager, Ryan cooked for his family every night, honing the creativity that would lead him through American-, Asian-, Italian-, and finally Mexican-themed kitchens. Today, he looks in all cardinal directions for culinary inspiration, fashioning platters in the style of Oaxaca and Acapulco, among other regions. He stuffs tortillas with nine types of taco fillings, including housemade chorizo. On the side, scoops of chili-dusted sweet corn transport guests to Mexico without forcing them to throw out the giant bottle of shampoo they keep hidden under their shirt.