In a pinch, taco shells can double as acceptable hermit crab homes, change purses, and envelopes for mailing time-sensitive correspondence written in hot sauce. Airmail delicious ransom notes directly to your mouth with today’s flavorful Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of contemporary Mexican fare at La Condesa on Second Street. This Groupon is not valid for alcohol, happy hour, or other promotions.
A semifinalist for the 2010 Best New Restaurant James Beard Award, La Condesa showcases the culinary virtuosity of Chef Rene Ortiz, who has worked at some of the continent’s most renowned restaurants and is able to cure an entire pig in one hour with just a salt shaker and a Sunday-edition newspaper. Diners can savor a bouillabaisse of locally sourced ingredients from the eclectic dinner and brunch menus, all of which are served by a friendly, all-knowing wait staff. Settle down impatient appetites and keep tongues from suddenly running away to frolic in a grassy meadow with small bites such as the hamachi ceviche ($14) with kingfish, grilled grapefruit broth, avocado, and chicharron or a helping of queso mixto nachos ($10). From there, flirtatious dining companions can play sensual games of Hungry Hungry Hippos while waiting for entrees of spicy guava-glazed pork ribs ($24) with sweet plantains and pickled onions, crescent duck breast and confit leg ($26) with three-day abuelita mole, or a citrus-rubbed half rotisserie chicken ($22) with grilled Spanish onions and potato-poblano gratin. Along the way to the feast's sweet finish of flan de camote, soak in La Condesa's strikingly scenic atmosphere of vibrantly colorful artwork, comfy leather booths, and lustrous wood accents.
There's nothing like a delightful dining experience featuring a smattering of spicy Mexican cuisine, which is a great way to separate the men from the boys, the women from the girls, and the girls from boys if they get too rowdy at co-ed canoe camp. Call ahead to make a reservation, then engage in noteworthy noshing with today’s tasty Groupon to La Condesa.
La Condesa was nominated for a James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant and won four Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll awards, including Best New Restaurant, in 2009. The restaurant has received a great deal of press, including reviews in the Chronicle and the American-Statesman. More than 150 Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average:
400 W 2nd St.
Austin, Texas 78701Get Directions