Though the Caribbean isles are well known to outsiders, Caribbean cuisine remains a hidden gem due to tourists frequently subsisting solely off a paste made from sand, ocean water, and puréed linen pants. Uncover the edible treasure of the tropics with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Puerto Rican cuisine at La Marginal.
La Marginal’s menu hails from the cerulean blue waters of the Caribbean, bringing the bomba-inducing scents and tastes of the tropics to San Antonio palates. Tempted tongues can dive into dinner with house specialties such as the mofongo al pilon, a mouthwatering mash up of fried green plantains, crispy pork skin, and tropical mojito sauce tossed with a choice of roast pork or steak ($11.49), seafood ($13.49), or shrimp in criolle sauce ($14.49). For earlier edible encounters, smack on the el jibarito, a traditional plate of roast pork, green bananas, and pork-stuffed taro root ($13.99). Or wrap a sandwich trap around a classic cubano featuring homemade bread layered with roast pork slices, swiss cheese, and pickles shaped like Andy Garcia ($5.99–$7.99). Patrons can pacify after-dinner appetites with one of four decadent desserts ($3.95) including tres leches and a cheese or coconut flan custard.
An all-you-can-eat buffet ($8.99) of Puerto Rican and Caribbean challenges boastful stomach tanks from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily with hearty helpings of ripe plantains, roast pork, baked chicken, beans, and yellow rice with pigeon peas. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights sends dancers twirling across the floor, hip-waggling against the dining room’s bright murals of pastel row houses and intramural plantain soccer matches.
- The restaurant is intimate, and while it may not look like a lot on the outside, the inside is filled with character, laughter, great music, and just enough lightening to feel like every table is it's own part of the restaurant away from everyone else. – Luis S., Yelp, 11/13/10
- The food is great...really has that home cooked taste that you crave. – A Yahoo! Contributor who posted on 7/29/09
La Marginal transforms workaday lunches and dinners into flavorful Puerto Rican feasts. Murals of a Caribbean coast surround diners as they get lost in bites of pork, slow roasted in its own savory juices and smuggled into dishes ranging from the traditional Cubano sandwiches—pressed between homemade bread—to el jibarito, a flakey Puerto Rican meat pie. Chefs toss juicy shrimp into their homemade sofrito, an aromatic mélange of herbs and spices, and sauté thin cuts of round steak with a tropical white wine to create bistec encebollado a la sarten. A daily lunch buffet features a colorful spread of the menu, allowing guests to try a bit of everything.
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San Antonio, Texas 78217Get Directions