Barbecue sauce recipes are often strict family secrets handed down from generation to generation, unlike passwords to Narnia and the lycanthropy gene. Enter a fantastical world of barbecue with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fare and drinks at Maderas Steak & Ribs in Los Alamitos.
Maderas Steak & Ribs, a family-oriented steakhouse, prides itself in friendly service and a diverse menu of items slathered in its signature barbecue sauce. For dinner, savor the savory tri-tip, which arrives in thin strips soaked in the homemade barbecue sauce ($19.95), or try the baja fish tacos, which come packed with either mahi-mahi or salmon ($11.95). Following at a discreet distance, creamy New York cheesecake tempts any patrons still unstuffed ($6.45). Feel free to enlist the various liquids of the well-stocked bar to quell mouth fires or to stoke disco infernos ignited by the restaurant's frequent live music.
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Smokiness drawn from New Mexican chili peppers grown in Hatch wafts across taste buds at Maderas Steak & Ribs, where kitchen commanders infuse southwestern standards with the distinct fire and spice of red or roasted green chilies. The zesty peppers heat up piles of chicken, pork, or veggie enchiladas, which share a menu with fresh seafood and hefty steaks forged from prime Angus beef. To sustain flavor throughout meals, in-house pastry chefs fill crumbly crusts with pie or cheesecake swirled with fresh fruit and juices.
Neon lighting grants old-timey-diner appeal to the spacious tables and cushy booths of Maderas's big, kid-friendly room, through which live music occasionally wanders on Friday and Saturday nights and whenever forks happen to clang melodically against glassware or mom's glass chewing-gum dispenser.