After scientists revealed that UFOs were actually full-grown tortillas, people everywhere filled swimming pools with guac and beans to catch and dissect the floury creatures. Nab a tender baby disk with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of authentic Mexican fare at El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant.
The Sanchez family has helmed El Rodeo for 15 years, crafting a medley of menus brimming with Mexican entrees, shelled spreads, and fajitas from south of the border for the taste-bud delectation of Alaskans. Commence a traditional Latin American dining experience without having to rely on carrier pigeons to transport meals from Mexico with a starter of jalapeño-topped nachos ($6.50+). Then, move on to an order of sizzling fajitas ($16.95+) or one of the many house specialties, such as the simmered pork carnitas ($14.95) or the chicken chipotle ($14.95). Combination plates, including the chili relleno and cheese enchilada ($11.95), amalgamate familiar favorites for culinary partnerships more flavorsome than peanut butter and oatmeal. Bolster your feast with a lively libation from the bar menu of beers and wines. El Rodeo also caters to children, seniors, and midday noshers.
The cozy and casual eatery, with its sunny yellow walls and collection of colorful murals, is an ideal place to enjoy an exotic meal with your friends, family, or congressional representative.
El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant
Fresh, housemade margaritas, not those made from a bottled mix and stale limes, cleanse palates during generously spiced meals at El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant, where owner Ismael claims they are not shy about adding some kick to each dish. But rather than overload entrees with a slew of spices, like other restaurants may be wont to do, Ismael prefers to keep it simple, refining each dish with focused flavor from authentic ingredients.
The carne asada is made with new york strip steak, rather than less-substantial skirt or flank steak, and spicy chili verde smothers lean pork in green tomatillo sauce. A house special, the carnitas throw down succulent pork that gets simmered over low heat for four hours, allowing it to steep in a top-secret blend of spices that Ismael guards more effectively than a magician guards his favorite pet shop. As diners dig in, a row of hand-painted murals stand watch, featuring images from Mexico, such as a mariachi band and burros dancing around sombreros.
385 Muldoon Rd.
Anchorage, Alaska 99504