The right blend of Mexican spices turns meals into fiestas and lures droves of grazing piñatas within the reach of a sturdy broomstick. Enjoy south-of-the-border zest with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mexican dinner fare at El Tapatio in Wooster.
The chefs at El Tapatio fashion a menu teeming with fresh, authentic south-of-the-border specialties. Warm up stomach engines with a spicy starter such as six golden fried jalapeño peppers overflowing with melted cheddar cheese ($4.50) or four home-grown pork tamales plucked straight from the stalk and served in their natural husk ($6.50). Sizzling sounds resonate from a lineup of fajita dishes such as the fajitas de la casa, which merges tender slices of steak, succulent shrimp, and juicy chicken in a mélange of peppers, onions, and tomatoes ($12.99).
Popeye’s pollo pays homage to the famous sailor and Mexico’s first cartoon president with a protein-packed pallet of grilled chicken breast and spinach smothered in melted cheese ($10.25), and the seafood chipotle plate treats tongues to the tastes of a traditional underwater luau by piling plates with grilled shrimp and scallops marinated in a pineapple-chipotle sauce ($12.99). Once dinner is done, sweet seekers in search of more specialties can indulge in a bevy of traditional desserts, such as homemade Mexican flan ($2.95) or a slice of creamy cheesecake wrapped in a crunchy fried tortilla ($3.75).
El Tapatio's chefs invest in their kitchen's culinary culture, prepping authentic Mexican platters that range from chimichangas to the impressive super burrito. Though they specialize in a repertoire of steak, chicken, and seafood dishes, they extend the culinary invitation to veggies with meat-free meals. The cantina side of the restaurant mixes citrusy libations—including margaritas, daiquiris, and piña coladas—that counterbalance the spicy salsas and the wounded pride of losing a salsa-guzzling competition.
3860 Cleveland Rd.
Wooster, Ohio 44691