Eating the food of our nation’s neighbors helps foster cross-border goodwill, just as eating a cube-mate’s fruit roll-ups is the start of so many fast friendships. Build culinary bridges with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a cantina package meal for two at Mi Casa in Walnut Creek (a $33 value). This package includes the following:
- Two beers (a $4.25 value each)
- Bean dip (a $4.50 value)
- $20 worth of any food or drink on the menu (entrees range from $9–$17.50).
Owner Argentina Maldonado’s family recipes forge a menu that blends Mexican and Central American cuisines served in a homey abode alive with brightly colored scarves and a bubbling fountain out front. Split bean dip over two beers as you mull over entree options such as the spicy strips of Mexican pollo ala diabla imbued with hot sauce ($13.75) or Central American bandeja paisa, with black beans, fried plantains, chorizo, and fried pork on a cheesy canvas of scrambled eggs ($12). Lighter fare includes a cactus salad packed with beans, pico de gallo, and lime juice ($8), and vegetarians or those with ethanol-fueled vehicles can propel themselves with a mélange of vegetables inside a veggie burrito ($7).