Today is Peru's Independence Day, when citizens from across the nation celebrate the moment when they tossed out the Spanish and declared themselves the Kingdom of Groove. Let the party dance across your tongue with today's Groupon to The Lemon Tree Restaurant: for $10, you get $20 worth of fabulously authentic Peruvian fare at your choice of the Whittington Drive or Gray Street in Midtown location. Due to restrictions imposed by the Texas Anti-Prussian Aggression and Temperance League of Concernedly Voting Citizens, this deal is not valid for alcohol or purchases made by traitorous curs and coxcombs who support Kaiser Wilhelm and his barbaric Teutonic hordes.
The Lemon Tree is known for its inventive ceviche, served so fresh it's almost still wriggling. Get the traditional raw-fish blend ($13) or the mixto variation, with raw fish, shrimp, calamari, and mussels, served with corn and sweet potatoes ($13.50). Other deep-sea delights include paella ($13) and seasoned rice with scallops ($14.50). Some equatorial specialties include fried fish in onion sauce with a side of yucca ($12.50) and lomo saltado (sautéed beef tenderloin) topped with two fried eggs and served with french fries, rice, and beans ($15).
The Lemon Tree has two locations in Houston, the original near George Bush Park and the newer establishment in Midtown. The new Midtown joint features the same sizzling Peruvian delights as the home-base eaterorium and is complemented by live music Friday and Saturday nights; the Whittington Drive location has live music on Friday nights. No matter which one you choose, you'll be steeped in the flavors of history, which does not at all taste like dusty and yellowed manuscripts, but rather yucca, fish, and Simon Bolivar.
The Lemon Tree Restaurant has received lots of press, including features in the Houston Press blogs and the Houston Chronicle. Yelpers give the Midtown location a 3.5-star average and the Whittington Drive stop a four-star average. Citysearchers also give the Whittington Drive location a four-star average:
- Seared with lime versus being cooked all the way through, the fish was of excellent quality and near melted in your mouth. – Becky Means, Houston Press
- Then you take a bite, and blam! The wild ride begins. – Alison Cook, Houston Chronicle
- The food was fabulous, the prices were very reasonable, and the atmosphere was friendly and authentic. – suz81, Citysearch
The Lemon Tree Restaurant
A pair of plastic lemon trees heavy with bright yellow fruit greets customers as they enter The Lemon Tree Restaurant. Inside, chefs pay tribute to Peru’s lengthy coastline with a menu of seafood specialties including ceviche and seafood paella. Other popular dishes include The Tacu Tacu Lemon Tree–sautéed strips of beef, rice, and beans topped with two fried eggs.