Dining out is an exciting way to fulfill a basic need, just like living inside an inflatable castle or dressing in your neighbor’s zoot suit. Enjoy the finer things in life with today’s Groupon to Cilantro Cocina Mexicana in Homewood. Choose between the following options:
- For $19, you get a Mexican dinner for two (up to a $38.80 total value) that includes the following:
- One appetizer (up to a $6.95 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $13.95 value each)
- One dessert (up to a $3.95 value)<p>
- For $35, you get a Mexican dinner for four (up to a $77.60 total value) that includes the following:
- Two appetizers (up to a $6.95 value each)
- Four entrees (up to a $13.95 value each)
- Two desserts (up to a $3.95 value each)<p>
Cilantro Cocina Mexicana proprietor Art Trevino crafts a menu of authentic Mexican comestibles he learned to prepare in his mother’s kitchen. Pairs or quartets of diners can warm their tummies with veggie black-bean soup or practice their engineering artistry by building their own nachos into a cheesy replica of the Parthenon. House specialties include seafood-stuffed portabella mushroom and chicken milanesa, a thin-sliced piece of poultry breaded and fried to a crispy crunch. Like polygamy among dinnerware, combination platters relieve the monotony of sticking with only one main dish. A beef tostada, a chicken corn taco, and a potato enchilada play dress up with a choice of two sides such as beans or corn, and a chili relleno cuddles with an 8-ounce skirt steak underneath warm flour-tortilla blankets.
For dessert, diners can spoon-carve statues of smooth-talking game-show hosts from homemade caramel flan or creamy tres leches cake. Though not included in today’s Groupon, diners can sidle up to the brightly decorated margarita bar for a strawberry margarita ($6.95), tequila ($5.95), or cold beer ($2.75–$3.50).
Cilantro Cocina Mexicana
For more than 30 years, owner Art Trevino has loaded tables in Cilantro's dining room and patio with a menu of traditional family recipes. One of 11 children, Art learned to cook and precisely divide a taco into 11 segments alongside his siblings in their mother's bustling kitchen. Veggies add a hint of virtue to platters of cheesy burritos, steak, and chicken in options such as seafood-stuffed portabella mushrooms and chiles rellenos. A bright purple bar marqueed by garlands of colored lights pours 16-ounce "Mugaritas," house-made sangria, and a list of anejo and reposado tequilas designed for sipping through the finest cactus straws.