If not for Mexico's neighborliness, Americans would be deprived of authentic south-of-the-border cuisine and would be forced to borrow all their power tools and cups of sugar from Canada. Throw an international block party with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Mexican fare at La Joya Restaurant in Irving.
La Joya Restaurant touts a combination of lunch and dinner menus bursting at the burrito-seams with gourmet Mexican cuisine. For a midday repast, tortilla-trundlers roll up dainty crêpes filled with sautéed spinach and onions, then immerse them in a pool of mild habenero-shiitake cream sauce ($8). The camarones con chorizo showcase grill-seared shrimp and chorizo draped—like a superhero duo that battles lactose intolerance—in matching capes of oaxaca cheese ($11). Dinner options include the meat-replete alambres, a choir of shrimp, sirloin, chicken, bacon, and homemade chorizo accompanied by steadfast oaxaca, rice, and beans ($22), and the chef-commended tilapia tacos, gussied up Veracruz style in creamy avocado-garlic sauce ($19).
Patrons can follow La Joya's scattered schedule of live-music events on the restaurant's Facebook page, which also lists drink specials and applicable cover charges (not included in this Groupon). Every Friday night, a professional dance instructor teaches complimentary salsa lessons to ensure that diners can masterfully dip their pico de gallo.