After years of masking subpar slices of frozen pizza, hot sauce eventually blazed its own trail toward the world of tacos, burritos, and double-dared shot-glass owners. Explore the fiery panacea with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of Mexican fare at Don Juan's Romantic Mexican Food in Grand Prairie.
Don Juan's has been a mainstay in Grand Prairie since 1966, garnishing honors as one of Grand Prairie's keystone historical markers. Today, the eatery's fresh-slinging chefs continue to wield Don Chiavario's original recipes, preparing everything from beans to hot sauce and guacamole fresh, from scratch, every day.
The menu dances with veritable options, including the Grande plate, which weds cross sections of the entire menu in one mass ceremony of beefy enchiladas, pork tamales, and rogue semicolons. Grasp the sizzling aliments lovingly cradled inside the tortilla cloak by nabbing a quintet of soft tacos ($5.25) or a quintet of bean burritos ($5.25), and then applaud the remainder of the meal with a Mexican delicacy, such as cinnamon-sprinkled sopapillas ($2.99 for four) or apple-stuffed crispitos ($1.59).
Don Juan's Romantic Mexican Food
From the moment you pull up, it’s not hard to tell that Don Juan’s Romantic Mexican Food opened in 1966. A certain brand of flashy midcentury Americana lights up every inch of the stucco building, declared a Grand Prairie Significant Landmark by the city's historical commission. Hand-painted signs—one shaped like a gargantuan sombrero—advertise “luncheons” and “dinners.” The menu hasn’t changed much, either: for more than 45 years, the cooks have been making chili, hot sauce, guacamole, and many other ingredients from scratch using the same recipes the founder perfected when the restaurant first opened. Tacos, burritos, and tamales join Tex-Mex favorites such as enchiladas, chili con queso, and taco salad in a deep-fried shell. For dining on the go or on the lam, the restaurant sports a drive-thru (one of the first in town) in addition to a robin’s-egg-blue counter with matching swivel stools.