Though coveting thy neighbor's wife or underground sprinkler system is beyond the pale, longing for a mouthful of their cuisine is an understandable desire. Today's Groupon satisfies desires to eat from the table of our nation's neighbor: for $12, you get $25 worth of Mexican eats and drinks at El Jardin Restaurant in Commerce City.
Voted Best Mexican Food by Citysearch in 2006, 2007, and 2009, El Jardin features a novella of a menu packed with sizzling stomach pleasers. For starters, try the chili con queso dip ($6.99): beans and green chile helplessly drowning in a steamy cup of melted cheese, only to be saved by the valiant scoops of diners equipped with a never-ending supply of fresh corn tortilla chips and machetes. El Jardin's specialties run the gastronomical gamut of Mexican fare, such as beefy flash-fried flautas ($9.59); the sopapilla, stuffed with chicken, lettuce, and cheese ($9.99); and lamb strip fajitas served on a skillet with bell peppers and guacamole ($14.99). Those craving the produce of the sea can try El Jardin's garlic shrimp, a plate of 12 large shrimp swimming in a garlicky butter sauce ($16.99), and those working on their fish impressions can try one of El Jardin's variations on the margarita, including a blue margarita ($5.29 for 16 oz.), melon margarita ($5.29 for 16 oz.), and the Cadillac margarita, which boosts the original drink with a shot of Grand Marnier ($6.99 for 16 oz.).
El Jardin also has a breakfast menu featuring hearty pleasers such as huevos rancheros ($8.99) and steak picado and eggs ($9.99). The family-owned restaurant has been serving up Mexican delights since 1982, and it has added a banquet room that can seat 146 guests, meaning you can use your Groupon with family, friends, or the entire all-grown-up cast of Degrassi.
Citysearchers voted El Jardin the area's Best Mexican Food in 2006, 2007 and 2009, giving the eatery a perfect five-star average. El Jardin also won Best Mexican food on ABC 7's A-List in 2008 and 2009. Eight Yelpers give it 3.5 stars on average.