In many cultures, cuisine centers around one important staple—tortillas in Mexican, rice in Japan, or patches of grass in Bovine-istan. Take your taste buds on a culinary voyage southward with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Mexican fare Thursday through Sunday, or $45 worth Monday through Wednesday, at Las Ventanas Restaurant and Cantina, located on Grisby Road.
Within the sun-baked walls of Las Ventanas, experienced chefs create an authentic Mexican culinary retreat for diners. The lunch menu touts a bevy of light soups and salads, such as the sopa las ventanas, a brothy blend of homemade chicken and tomato soup garnished with fresh avocado, sour cream, queso fresco, and tortilla strips ($6). More filling midday sustenance can fuel complex siesta dream sequences, such as tacos al carbon, two soft fajitas wrapped around chicken or beef and stuffed with guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, and charro beans ($12.50). Lasso a decadent dish off the dinner menu, such as beef tenderloin, a 7.5-ounce swatch of succulent beef marinated in a chipotle sauce with garlic and mushrooms ($26.95), or swan dive pout-first into tropical pescado al mango, featuring sautéed mahi-mahi over a rice pancake and topped with dry vermouth mango-habanero sauce ($18.95).
Diners can get fork-happy under a canopy of trees in the lush outdoor setting of Las Ventanas’ immaculately landscaped patio, which bursts with colorful flowers, and an adjacent terrace and plush lounge features a flowing fountain and allows for a refreshing breeze. The restaurant interior glows golden with soft lighting, earth-toned walls, and butter-carved busts of Montezuma reading a magazine.
A visit to Las Ventanas offers more than the promise of traditional Mexican dishes. The experience is actually more like a retreat to a Mexican villa thanks to its toasty orange walls and bright blue shutters, plus a meticulously landscaped patio decked with trees and umbrella-covered tables. Of course, though, classic Mexican delicacies and ice-cold margaritas are the real pull at this family-friendly eatery.
The staff has crafted a menu to showcase the nation's diverse flavors and cuisines, including everything from traditional Mexican-style meatballs in a smoky chipotle sauce to tacos, enchiladas, and a few Tex-Mex dishes. Specialty margaritas and house sangria complement adults' meals, while wee ones enjoy options from the kids' menu before hanging out in the no-mess kid zone. Frequent events—including live mariachis every Thursday from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.—entertain patrons, and seasonal live music permeates the restaurant on Thursday nights.
14555 Grisby Rd.
Houston, Texas 77079