Every prince knows that the most effective way to wake up a sleeping beauty is not with a boring kiss, but with a single potent drop of fiery salsa. Awaken tired taste buds in royal fashion with today’s Groupon to El Jarro de Arturo. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get $25 worth of dinner fare.
- For $17, you get a prix fixe meal for two for lunch or dinner, including one chili con queso appetizer (a $5.75 value), one fajita platter for two (a $24.50 value), and choice of one dessert (up to a $4.50 value; up to a $34.75 total value).
If redeemed Sunday–Thursday, both Groupons include free chips and queso.
El Jarro's chefs concoct a menu of authentic Mexican eats, which have been lauded in Bon Appétit magazine. The sizzling beef or chicken fajitas ($12.95) nestle in with poblano peppers and onions atop an iron skillet or bed of nails. Two all-star entrees takes the field in the cabrito ($23.95), composed of tender goat, rice, refried beans, guacamole, and pico de gallo, and the grilled tuna with cilantro marinade ($21.95), served with garlic mashed potatoes, veggies, and more. Restaurant owner Arturo specializes in enchiladas ($8.50+), and populates the menu with green-corn chicken, shrimp, and veggie varieties.
Chefs flip tortillas before diners' eyes as terra-cotta-colored walls peek from behind columns and traditional Mexican artwork, illuminated by the natural light shining through the floor-to-ceiling windows. An outdoor pavilion ensconces patrons year-round amid greenery, stone archways, and antique wooden doors. Every Friday and Saturday evening, dancing and live music serenades guests more effectively than a harmonized crying baby and siren.
El Jarro de Arturo
Ever since it first opened in 1975, El Jarro de Arturo has steadily pushed the boundaries of traditional Tex-Mex cuisine by introducing new flavors and ingredients. These continental inclinations heavily influence dishes such as the bowtie pasta with grilled shrimp and cilantro-pesto sauce, and the grilled salmon with chipotle-spiked mushrooms and mashed potatoes. At the same time, the chefs stay true to their Tex-Mex roots by creating hand-patted corn tortillas and whisking each and every order of guacamole. A selection of enchiladas stuffed with everything from chicken to portobello mushrooms appears alongside other familiar classics, such as beef fajitas in a sputtering iron skillet and chicken glazed with a decadently rich mole sauce.
Although El Jarro de Arturo's menu experiments with Tex-Mex cuisine, the decor stays completely faithful to the source of its inspiration. Earthenware tiles line the floor, Mexican artwork and crafts adorn the walls, and leafy potted plants add a splash of green to the room's warm tones. For a view of even more foliage, the restaurant also seats guests on an outdoor patio section that remains open all year long. The spirited energy of the indoor space grows on Friday and Saturday evenings as a live band performs in front of a dance floor.