Tacos and tequila are known for their complementary flavors, common geographical origins, and unchallenged dominance over beer and bratwurst in three-legged races. Sprint past slow-footed grub with today’s Groupon to Cien Agaves in Scottsdale. Choose between the following:
- For $70, you get a Mexican-dining experience for four (a $130.65 value). Dinners include:
- One appetizer (up to a $10.95 value).
- Four entrees (up to a $14.95 value each)
- Four margaritas (up to a $12 value each)
- Two desserts (a $5.95 value each)<p>
- For $10, you get $20 worth of anything on the menu. Entrees range from $9.95 to $14.95.
Cien Agaves fires up a menu of authentic Mexican flavors to compliment a flotilla of 100 different agave-forged alcohols. Diners can balance a subtle and spicy appetizer including ceviche and homemade guacamole on forks and hobby horses made of forks before proceeding to taste a quartet of traditional Mexican entrees. Sample bountiful burritos, enchiladas, and fajitas, or burrow through a baker’s dozen of taco types, including folded flour containers filled with sautéed shrimp, grilled salmon, or mahi mahi marinated with tamarindo and a pineapple glaze. Praised by the Phoenix New Times, Cien’s mixologists shake up a medley of margaritas from flavors including strawberry and lime, pear, pomegranate, and habanero-lime, as well as the Gigante, a mammoth 56-ounce orb that requires a minimum of two people or one thirsty camel to finish. Dinners can conclude with a choice of sinfully sweet desserts like the churro sundae—two crispy churros drizzled with caramel, or the Kahlúa flan, an incarnation of traditional Mexican custard served in the shape of Coronado’s mustache.
Cien Agaves curates a cultured and diverse selection of authentic Mexican specialties including 13 taco varieties and 100 pure agave tequilas. The bar staff carefully selects the handcrafted reposado, añejo, and blanco varieties, which lend their spicy warmth to mixed drinks that have garnered the Phoenix New Times's 2011 award for Best Specialty Margaritas. Diehard tequila lovers can also make the restaurant's "Tequila Hall of Fame," reserved for those who taste each of the 100 tequilas. Citrus-marinated steak and beer-battered shrimp comprise a few of the tacos, available by the handful or platter.
The multileveled restaurant features catwalk seating in the upper level and an outdoor beer garden. During regularly scheduled tasting events, Cien Agaves features three specialty tequila artisans and welcomes guests to sample their craft. Representatives from each company are available at the events to answer questions and encourage responsible tasting.