$12 for $25 Worth of Latin and Caribbean Cuisine at Flaco's Cocina in University City

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Blackened-tilapia tacos & bay scallops with papaya delight palates as guests dine under orange & blue pendant lights in cozy eatery

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Promotional value expires Aug 1, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 4 or more. Must purchase 1 food item. Not valid for delivery. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Before the invention of tacos, only half wheels of cheese, shared-with-a-friend cookies, and vastly oversize slices of pizza fulfilled the coveted semicircular food group. Get your daily dose of half-circle nutrition with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Latin and Caribbean cuisine by way of South Beach at Flaco's Cocina in University City.

The cooks at Flaco's Cocina serve up an expansive menu of seafood and Latin specialties carried to tables alongside handcrafted cocktails and house-made sangrias in a colorful, nonchalant environment. Celebrated fish tacos with seared tuna, blackened tilapia, or tempura baja grace plates under a canopy of zesty pico de gallo ($4 each); lobster empanadas luxuriate in saffron-coconut cream ($14); and traditional braised carnitas fajitas ($12.50) tempt taste buds. Marinated ceviche, such as bay scallops with papaya or shrimp with oranges and chilies ($10), harness the power of heatless cooking to feed the intensely pyrophobic. The cozy interior envelops patrons in aquamarine walls peppered with local artwork, carmine chairs, and orange and blue pendant lights. Flaco's Cocina's chips and four salsas ($3.75 unlimited), made fresh in-house daily, disappear at a rate that supports anthropologists' campaign to grant tortilla chips protected-species status.

Flaco’s Cocina

Though the Midwest isn’t the most obvious locale for modern latin fusion cuisine, Flaco’s Cocina—from patio to downstairs lounge—proves that dishes can still taste authentic in the middle of the country. Everything about the restaurant exudes a latin ambiance, from the giant fish mosaics, painted beach scenes and live music of El Paraiso Lounge to the bright blue walls and red chairs that play calypso music each time a diner stands up. Amid the vibrant dining room, downstairs lounge, and airy patio, guests dig into fajitas, tacos, and quesadillas that teem with seafood, spices, and citrus touches. To complement the spicy eats, margaritas douse tongues with a choice of handpicked tequilas—such as Don Julio Silver, Patron Silver, and Cabo Wabo—which guests can also enjoy at the full bar in the newly opened downstairs El Paraiso Lounge. Sleek hardwood floors run throughout, supporting a stage that plays home to an eclectic lineup of live music. The downstairs area also hosts special events, private parties, holiday celebrations, and salsa lessons on its spacious dance floor. Live music and DJs are an extra fee.

Customer Reviews

If you want to try fun food, this is the place! Great drink selections!! 4 salsas to choose from to start you meal!
Lisa B. · July 13, 2013
Thanks for a nice meal and smiling, happy servers!
Kimberly M. · August 7, 2012
Loved the food and atmosphere! We will definitely be back!
Katie D. · August 1, 2012
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    8400 Delmar Blvd.

    University City, Missouri 63124

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