Famous for its variety of flavors, spices, and colorful decorations, authentic Mexican food can be hard to find in the U.S., since it is traditionally eaten inside a giant piñata. Fill your papier-mâché stomach with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Mexican fare and drinks at Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant, with locations in Tacoma and Gig Harbor. The award-winning eatery recently won Weekly Volcano 2010 Tournament of Tacos.
Moctezuma’s first came to life in 1978, when Arturo Garcia decided to share his culture, love of cooking, and knowledge of the correct spelling of “Montezuma” with Northwest diners. To this day, diners can expect excellent service, unique margaritas in flavors such as jalapeño and prickly pear, and a tasty menu of authentic, home-style Mexican cuisine prepared from the finest ingredients. Focus the palate with some fiesta queso dip ($5.49) or some chorizo bean dip ($5.99), then use your mouth mowers to shred a carne-asada salad ($12.49) with homemade chipotle-ranch dressing. Discriminating diners can find out what it takes to win Weekly Volcano's brutal, no-holds-barred Tournament of Tacos by trying a serving of Mexico City tacos ($12.99-$13.49) stuffed with carne asada, adobo chicken, barbacoa shredded beef, or pork carnitas. Final Fantasy fans, meanwhile, will get a kick out of watching the waiter cast Firaga on a plate of tequila flaming fajitas, featuring steak, chicken, and shrimp ($16.99) using a little gold tequila and a flamethrower. And if a cheddar-, guacamole-, and sour-cream-topped chimichanga ($11.99) doesn't make one sufficiently nostalgic for one's former life as a mermaid, enjoy a plate of camarones a la diabla ($14.99) with rice and sautéed vegetables, or happily consume a Cabo shrimp cocktail ($12.99).
Though coveting thy neighbor's wife or underground sprinkler system is beyond the pale, longing for a mouthful of their cuisine is an understandable desire. Satisfy the desire to eat from the table of our nation's neighbor with today's Groupon to Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant.
Moctezuma's has received multiple awards, including a championship in Weekly Volcano's Tournament of Tacos in 2010. CityVoters awarded the restaurant fourth place for Best Mexican in Western Washington. Twenty Yelpers give it a three and a half-star average, and five TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes.
- More specifically, the restaurant's "Mexico City Tacos" - prepared with some of the freshest corn tortillas, best meat, and delicious seasoning you're likely to find - have long been a customer favorite, and no doubt carried Moctezuma's to the title. – Matt Driscoll, Weekly Volcano
- Everything I've tried has always been delicious. – Carrie T., Yelp, 8/26/2010