The right blend of Mexican spices turns meals into fiestas and lures droves of grazing piñatas within the reach of a sturdy broomstick. Enjoy south-of-the-border zest with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Mexican dinner fare at Las Velas.
Chef David Montanez constructs Las Velas’ menu of south-of-the-border-style tacos, burritos, and sauces with recipes culled from the kitchens of Mexico City and the Riviera Maya region. Treat taste buds to a sensory fiesta with flavorful pots of poblano dip, which lure cilantro-infused tortilla chips and horrify poblanos with its zesty blend of peppers, butter, sour cream, and cheese ($8). Like wise men and unwise cat burglars, Las Velas’ tacos travel in threes, lining their soft shells with tilapia, shrimp, slow-cooked pork, and hanger steak ($12–$13.50). Diners may also dabble in a quintet of traditional Mexican preparations, pairing their choice of chicken, steak, red snapper, and shrimp with time-tested sauces such as the habanero-laced Diabla, the al cilantro’s pesto-like blend, and the mexicana’s timeless mélange of jalapeño peppers, tomatoes, and onions ($15.50–$18). While not included in today’s Groupon, imbibers can sidle up to Las Velas’ fully stocked bar for house margaritas and mexican suds as they gaze upon the newly minted Market Square neighborhood outside the windows.