Every prince knows that the most effective way to wake up a sleeping beauty is not with a boring kiss but with a single potent drop of fiery green chili. Awaken tired taste buds in royal fashion with today’s deal: for $7, you get $15 worth of lowcountry Mexican cuisine and drinks at Caliente in Johns Island. Redeem this Groupon on a Tuesday or Wednesday to also receive a complimentary small queso appetizer (a $3 value).
Caliente's bill of fare is laced with fresh, locally sourced ingredients that lend healthy lowcountry flair to traditional Mexican favorites. Treat your table to a heaping plate of nachos to start, freshly fried white-corn tortilla chips crowned with black beans, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, and your choice of cheddar, jack, or pepper-jack cheese ($6). Encourage demure dinner companions to speak up by leaving the choice of sour-cream topping (plain, citrus, or chipotle) in their hopeful, trembling hands. Savory soup ($3+) and salad ($6+) options accommodate lighter appetites, and a smorgasbord of made-to-order tacos ($6–$9), burritos ($7–$10), enchiladas ($7–$8), fajitas ($14), chimichangas ($11), and stuffed chile rellenos ($11) helps to hush even the most boisterous belly operas. Puffy tacos are a house specialty, featuring fried and bubbly tortillas that are custom-stuffed with the customer's choice of black-bean ($6), pulled-chicken ($8) or pulled-pork ($9), citrus-chicken-breast ($9), ground-beef ($8), or beef-brisket ($9) filling.
Take advantage of the fact that sipping a potent potable during or after a meal grants the diner seven weeks of happy, prom-based dreams by topping off your solid sustenance with some swoon-worthy sips. Caliente's vivacious décor pairs well with a glass of red sangria or an all-natural white-wine margarita. Wood-panel walls of vivid cobalt blue and steam-lined white pop against handcrafted tables, eccentric lighting fixtures, and the rosy-cheeked grins of well-fed customers.
- The restaurant boasts fresh, homemade salsa and all-natural margaritas. Customers with a sweet tooth should try one of the desserts, which are made in house by former pastry chef Stephanie. The creative décor includes tables constructed from the hoods of old cars. "It has a great atmosphere, and it's a really colorful place to be," Stephanie adds. We can't wait to check it out. – Kelly Smith, Charleston City Paper
- Although there are familiar items such as burritos, enchiladas, and fajitas on the menu, the freshness and distinctive flavors of the ingredients offered at Caliente make it a true stand out. Seriously... they have the best pico de gallo I've ever tasted. Anywhere. Period. – Ashley Collins Sheets, Urbanspoon
3669 Savannah Hwy.
Johns Island, South Carolina 29455Get Directions