The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mexican and Tex-Mex fare at Molcas Mexican Restaurant.
Molcas' cooks wrangle skillets that crackle gleefully against the piquant olfactory backdrop created by the menu's time-tested Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes. Stomach shindigs commence with socializing spoonfuls of homemade tortilla soup, a rich medley of seasoned chicken, vegetables, diced avocado, and jack cheese ($5.99+). This cochinita pibil plates tender pork baked in achiote on a bed of banana leaves ($11.99) to stagger patrons with flavors from the Yucatan Peninsula, a region know for elegant flavors and heated rivalries with nearby isthmuses. Guests stun taste buds with a border-blending dinner of three Tex-Mex tamales sealed in a savory cell of chili con carne sauce ($8.99). Breakfast tacos ($3.75 for three) allow patrons to enjoy Mexican flavors from the time the sun rises in the East till it sets in its summer home on Lake Tahoe.
Molcas Mexican Restaurant
The path to Yucatán’s cuisine ends at Molcas Mexican Restaurant, where a newly renovated dining room gives rest to travelers on a quest for food. Kitchen workers stuff tamales full of stewed pork and cheese the same way you stuff a teddy bear. Pots full of mole bubble on the stove, ready to be ladled onto chicken and enchiladas. Dishes such as cochinita pibil—tender pork baked in achiote on banana leaves—envelop patrons with scents from the Yucatán Peninsula, a region known for elegant flavors and heated rivalries with nearby isthmuses.