Scientists believe that in an alternate universe, Mexican cuisine is devoid of the zesty spices that we have come to love, and piñatas are filled only with mayonnaise and artificial sweetener. Savor traditional flavor with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of Latin-influenced Mexican cuisine at La Fiesta.
Executive chef Aaron Venezuela helms a cadre of culinary wizards to assemble La Fiesta's menu of fresh seafood and authentic regional dishes. Limber chomping muscles with appetizers such as toritos ($8.50 lunch; $10.95 dinner), which fill four mild yellow chilies with a duet of crab and shrimp that sings sea shanties on its way down the esophagus. Deep-fried chimichangas ($15.95 dinner) stuffed with chicken or beef turn the familiarity of a burrito on its head while the carnitas uruapan combines tender chunks of pork, cooked slowly in the traditional Mexican style, with an entourage of red onions, lime, and cilantro ($12.95 lunch; $16.95 dinner). Seafood dishes such as the pescado azteca ($16.95 lunch; $19.95 dinner), which drizzles its pan roasted mahi-mahi and tequila-flamed prawn with a roasted poblano pepper sauce, allows diners to sample the flavors of the Gulf without the hassle of raiding an orca's pantry. Post-meal cool-downs begin with mexican churros sidled up next to Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce ($7.95 dinner).
La Fiesta's menu of vibrantly hued beverages, featuring a variety of tequilas, waits in the wings to extinguish fiery thirsts and a pet dragon's hiccups. Sip on the house margarita ($8), which blends Herradura silver tequila with Triple Sec, or tickle tippling sweet teeth with the candy apple martini ($10) while lounging amid exposed brick, hardwood floors, and metallic artwork.
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