Before tortillas found their calling in Mexican cuisine, they were used to patch up roofs during queso season. Celebrate the all-purpose shell with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a Mexican dining package at Las Cazuelas (up to a $36.75 value). The package includes:
- $30 worth of Mexican cuisine.
- One dessert if redeemed Sunday–Thursday (up to a $6.75 value)
- One pitcher of margarita mix if redeemed Friday or Saturday (a $6 value)
Under the tutelage of Mexico-born owner Alfredo Aquilar, the chefs at Las Cazuelas whip up authentic south-of-the-border meals, sauces, and desserts. Enchiladas and tacos share menu space with hearty salads, such as the nopalitos cactus salad ($7), marinated overnight and tossed with tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. To prepare for a rich sweet such as chocolate tres leches—sponge cake marinated in three milks and served by three milk-farmers—diners can tuck teeth into mole poblano ($17), a boneless chicken breast smothered in house-made mole sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Las Cazuelas is a BYOB establishment, so patrons stopping by on Friday or Saturday can bring their own tequila to add to the included pitcher of margarita mix if desired. Today’s deal is also good during brunch and lunch.
Maps of Mexico and scenic murals adorn the cozy eatery’s bright gold, red, and brick walls. Patrons can enjoy an al fresco feast on the small sidewalk patio or serenade passing pigeons from the intimate second-floor balcony.
Even though he was just four years old when his family emigrated from Puebla, Mexico to the United States, Alfredo Aquilar prepares Mexican food as though he’d lived his whole life there. Under his supervision, chefs at Las Cazuelas prepare authentic dishes such as nopalitos salad—sliced cactus marinated overnight and mixed with cilantro and tomatoes. Abuelitas pollo, whose name means “little grandmother’s chicken” in tribute to its inventor, Alfredo’s own grandmother, is a boneless chicken breast topped with a guajillo pepper sauce. In the kitchen, shrimp snap against hot skillets near pots of slowly roiling chipotle sauce. To wash down steaming feasts, customers tote in bottles of wine or bring along tequila to add to complimentary pitchers of nonalcoholic margarita mix served Sunday–Thursday.
Inside the dining area, blue shutters frame murals of South American cathedrals, rolling countrysides, and maps of Mexico. An outdoor patio offers people-watching opportunities, and the second-floor balcony lets you look people in the eye when telling them you know they are actually a bunch of children stacked up under a big coat.
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