Dining out with friends can foster healthy relationships that might otherwise be limited to impersonal group texts or overly personal bath-time visits. Get a bite in person with a person with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of seafood and Mexican fare at Mariscos Altamar.
Hector Hernandez, Durango native and owner of Mariscos Altamar, fills his restaurant's menu with authentic Mexican flavors and dishes reeled in from the sea. Lettuce and tomato top an order of fish tacos ($9.95), and grilled shrimp, chicken, and beef sizzle or recite poetry loudly upon the combo fajitas' ($14.95) skillet. The vegetarian enchilada plate arrives lavished with tomatillo salsa ($7.95), and roasted anaheim chilies sit proudly atop the grilled top sirloin steak a la duranguense ($12.95). The restaurant’s full bar includes margaritas, cocktails, and beers that help wash down mouthfuls of tortilla chips, and live music inspires revelry every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
The aromas of sizzling fajitas and marinated shrimp mingle in Mariscos Altamar’s dining room while hosts welcome diners with charming Spanish greetings. Along with the Aztec paintings, Owner Hector Hernandez’s menu, with seafood as the primary focus, hearkens back to northern Mexico where he grew up. Along with grilling steaks and spooning ranchero sauce over chiles rellenos, chefs also stuff sautéed crabmeat into enchiladas and fry platefuls of breaded shrimp.
The dining room maintains an airy ambiance with its light wooden tones and neutral-colored walls, and an aquarium full of small fish and adorable baby Poseidons catch diners' eyes at the entrance. On Thursday and Saturday evenings and Friday afternoons, the restaurant regales guests with the lilting melodies of live musicians.