Though coveting thy neighbor's wife or underground sprinkler system is beyond the pale, longing for a mouthful of his cuisine is an understandable desire. Today's Groupon satisfies desires to eat from the table of our nation's neighbor: for $20, you get $40 worth of authentic Mexican fare and drinks at Ernie's Mexican Restaurant in North Hollywood.
Ernie's Mexican Restaurant's skilled servers balance plates laden with rustic Mexican fare and salt-rimmed glasses brimming with generously poured libations. Skylab burritos ($13.95) house heaps of vegetables, beans, rice, guacamole, and a choice of meat within their flour-tortilla walls, which are massive enough to double as spats for the Statue of Liberty. Guests can sip a margarita ($6–$10) while basking in the citrusy aroma of lemon chicken fajitas ($14.95), or maintain a tight grip on two shrimp tacos snuggled against rice and beans ($13.95). The taco salad loaded with shredded beef, tomatoes, cheese, and guacamole ($9.25) resides inside a deep-fried shell, proving that lettuce need not be confined to mundane salad bowls or stovepipe-hat interiors.
Since 1952, Ernie's Mexican Restaurant has made patrons feel at home within its inviting brick-red interior furnished with plush booths and carved wood accents. Diners can chew to the beat of live mariachi music on Friday nights, or visit on Saturdays, when understated melodies from a live trio add romantic undertones to vicious territorial disputes over the last scoop of guacamole.
4410 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, California 91602