North American cuisine is crafted with delicious ingredients, from the flavorful salsas of Mexico to the sautéed branches of Canada's maple trees. Travel the culinary landscape with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mexican fare at Blue Iguana in Salt Lake City and Park City.
Blue Iguana's fun, boisterous atmosphere sets the scene for a host of Mexican dishes that include classics as well as innovative twists on traditional tongue-transporting fare. Both locations deliver an expansive array of tacos, moles, burritos, combo platters, and edible passport holders to continent-traveling appetites. The Salt Lake City restaurant's menu serves up super-spicy tinga tacos, in which slow-roasted pork plays an up-tempo mariachi ballad to an electrified audience of chilies ($8.80 for lunch; $9.90 for dinner). Diners can also enjoy a Mexican medley by ordering a combination plate, such as the Tapatio, a cheese enchilada telling tasteful gossip to chili relleno and a crispy tortilla-swaddled beef flauta ($11 for small platter; $13.20 for large). Chefs at Park City assemble a menu of similarly southward-sojourning meals that includes a sprawling vegetarian section. Camaron quesadillas press a flavorful story of cheese and sautéed bay shrimp between tortilla pages next to side plots of guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo ($14). Meanwhile, the veggie burrito stuffs roasted vegetables, guacamole, and pico de gallo into a tortilla freshly picked from a tortilla bush, with a side of rice and beans ($14).
Terraces of tortillas tower over simmering mole, a special recipe that has been passed down for three generations, on tables in the 15-year-old eatery with a family atmosphere. Here, in Blue Iguana's kitchens, Chef Castillo imparts the culinary arts of the Aztec empire to his team of cooks using his knowledge of Chihuahua, Mexico. In this province, families fiercely guard such traditions to honor their forebears and preserve their culture's legacy for future generations. Castillo specializes in mole recipes, which teem with rich ingredients such as chocolate, almonds, and pumpkin seeds. Guests seeking a lighter meal can customize tacos with a choice of more than 10 fillings, including grilled yellowfin, charbroiled sirloin, sautéed mushrooms, and spicy pork chorizo. The margaritas are mixed with the restaurant's brimming top-shelf tequilas such as Patron Silver and Don Julio. Diners can also visit the Park City location for breakfast dishes.