What You'll Get
With your kitchen's pots and pans inhabited by the evil spirits of dead pots and pans, cooking at home has become both time consuming and spooky. Get quality cuisine without interference from crazed kitchenware with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Latin American cuisine and drinks at Limón, in City Park West on East 17th Avenue.
Limón, which aims to imitate the warmth and liveliness of Peru with attentive service and a rustic atmosphere, is a down-to-earth locale for supping on stimulating flavors from an eclectic Latin American menu. Jump-start taste buds without licking a car battery with a mixtura (appetizer) such as prawns sautéed in butter and garlic with chipotle peppers ($10). Fondos (entrees) include ahi tuna with black pepper and orange zest ($14–$20), tender lamb stew with black beer ($13–$18), and beef tenderloin stuffed with sundried-tomato salsa ($24). Limón's diverse cocktail menu offers traditional drinks such as the pisco sour, which includes fresh lime juice and whipped egg whites, and the Ron-Yki-On, which is infused with hints of rum and themes from Moby Dick.
Limón emulates the rustic charm of traditional Latin American dining with earthy tones, charming wood accents, and a parking lot of pasturing llamas. Things that seem impossible on an empty stomach, such as skydiving straight into space, convincing your boss to trade spouses, and turning a recurring dream into reality by going back to high school and passing that chemistry exam pantsless, slide into the realm of the certain once you've devoured a meal at Limón.
Limón has received extensive local press and awards, including a favorable review by Westword, which also named it Best Nouvelle Peruvian Restaurant in their Best of 2008 list. Limón was also named 2008's Best Peruvian Restaurant in Denver by Associated Content. Yelpers give it an average of three stars, and 76% of Urbanspooners recommend it. Citysearchers give it a 3.5-star average.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 14, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person, may buy 1 add'l as gift. Limit 1/table, 2 per table of 4 or more. Reservation required. Dine-in only. Not valid for holidays or happy hour. Must use in 1 visit, no cash back. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid w/other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
The menu explores Central and South America as well as the Caribbean with small and large plates such as slow-roasted pork tamales and shrimp ceviche with cucumber, radish, onions, and fresh lime juice. Dark-chocolate ice cream and a moist banana tres leches cake end meals on a sweet note, following sips of a modified mojito made with house-infused pineapple rum.
When most people go on vacation, they return with souvenirs for friends. But when Chef Alex Gurevich traveled to Latin America, he came back with a plan. Inspired by the rich cultural traditions in the eclectic cuisine he sampled, Gurevich decided to create a space that embraced the spirit of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The result: Limón, and the fresh, cultural-blending novoandino style of cooking that fills its menu. And it hasn't gone unnoticed. Shortly after opening, 5280 magazine praised the eatery’s devotion to bold, yet accessible flavors, placing Limón on its list of Denver’s Best New Restaurants in 2006.
The menu is divided into two sections: the "Latin American Street Kitchen" includes small plates, each featuring classic dishes from a specific region. Argentinian biscuits containing pulled chicken and slow roasted beef and empanadas stuffed with corn and black beans evoke the flavors of Argentina, while the grilled cubano sandwich stamps diners' passports and pushes them on a plane to Cuba. The other section is the "Limón Classics", bigger plates that are no less evocative of their origins. Crispy chile rellenos, chicken enchiladas, and wok fried beef "lomo saltado", are all on offer here. Even the drink menu transcends borders, with its caipirinhas—Brazil’s famously simple cocktail of cachaça, muddled lime, and cane sugar—alongside more familiar margaritas with house-made sweet-and-sour mix.
The exposed brickwork and mocha-brown walls of Limón’s dining area create the same sense of warmth and coziness as the menu. Dark wooden tables nestle against high-backed, terracotta-red booths or an avocado-green half wall, while other seats border the front wall’s picturesque windows. At night, the sconces, teardrop-shaped pendant lamps, and burning piles of unnecessary travel guides light the space, lending a soft glow to the entire room.