Comfort food garbs your tongue in luxurious velveteen knickerbockers of flavor, as opposed to discomfort food, which clings to the face like an overtight ascot. Avoid the embarrassment of culinary crampers with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Mexican fare and drinks at El Mestizo. This deal is valid for dinner only, served Monday–Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.
A Best of Seattle 2010 award winner in Seattle Weekly, El Mestizo harnesses fresh ingredients—as well as daily-made salsas and sauces—to craft authentic Mexican fare. Rev up appetites for a lap around the culinary track with an appetizer of queso fundido ($7.50), or slurp down warm sopa azteca, a tomato-chicken-broth soup served with diced avocados, queso blanco, and tortilla strips shaped as advanced pyramids ($4). The dinner menu flaunts a healthy sampling of homemade tortillas, tamales, and tacos, including specialty entrees such as pollo en mole, which smothers half a chicken in spices and Mexican chocolate for a sweet and salty roundhouse to the tongue ($15). El Mestizo also whips up gluttonous vegetarian offerings, from ensalada de nopal, a salad brimming with tender cactus strips ($6.50) to picaditas, which tout three handmade corn-tortilla shells with black beans, queso blanco, and crema fresca ($6).
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