Sampling Mexican cuisine is a smarter way to explore Mexico’s history than breaking into its national museum with only a tortilla lock-pick. Steal a taste of fantastic flavors with today’s Groupon to El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria in Scottsdale. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of dinner.
- For $8, you get $20 worth of lunch.
El Hefe’s menu tackles creative culinary updates on Mexican street-fare standards. A duck carnitas taco arrives draped in a cherry-pecan mole ($3 each), and the chicken tinga taco floats taste buds’ boats on a sea of jicama relish to a mango-passion-fruit salsa shore where a beached braised chicken awaits ($3 each). The Sonoran-style hot dog applies a Mexican-cuisine makeover to an American standard, plumping its Kobe-beef frankfurter with a wrap of mesquite bacon and cocooning it in bolillo roll stuffed with green-chili-and-avocado salsa and spicy mayo ($8). Wash down culture-merging meals with any of their seven 20-ounce margaritas, enclosed in glass chalices and whose ranks include the Salty Chihuahua, featuring a spiced chili rim ($10), and Carlos Estavez, whose tequila base is fortified with Cointreau, fresh strawberries, and bar-skimming dance moves ($10).
Like cosmic bowling or black-lit games of living-room baseball, El Hefe’s dining area is chock-full of electric, iridescent hues. The bar boasts neon-pink rafters, with Slimer-green stools perfect for patrons catching the latest sporting event. The artwork on the walls pays homage to pop icons of Mexico’s past, such as luchadores, and the seating booths with beer taps built into them keep thirsty booths happy.
El Hefe combines the best of two worlds—the rhythmic dance tracks and drinks of a lively nightclub, and the meaty, peppery cuisine of Mexico and the American Southwest. Quesadillas filled with shredded chicken tinga and prime steak tortas pair perfectly with sports on flatscreen TVs or icy chelada cocktails. Revelers lounge in wraparound booths covered with funky floral prints and gold lamé, helping themselves to pints of beer from the tableside taps, which eliminate the long waits and intricate hand signals required to order at a noisy bar. And as diners chat, servers carry out rustic wooden trays bearing treasures of angus beef burgers topped with jalapeno marmalade, tacos filled with duck carnitas or pork al pastor, and Sonoran-style hot dogs wrapped in bacon and smothered in tomatillo avocado salsa.
Nighttime finds DJs spinning club music as lights swirl above the dance floor, bathing revelers in rhythmic beats and streaks of neon. Party guests toast potent house tequila cocktails or fishbowl glasses of beergarita--garnished with a dusting of salt and an upside-down bottle of beer.
4425 North Saddlebag Trail
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251