It's easy to transport yourself south of the border—just visit a Mexican restaurant or hit the "Mexico" button hidden inside every car's glove box. Escape with this Groupon.
$89 for a Five-Course Chef’s Specialty Mexican Meal for Two ($160 Value)
The prix fixe menu includes an appetizer, soup, salad, and a choice from entrees such as osso buco or snapper in guajillo adobo. Diners also choose a dessert and bottle of wine.
The Prickly Pear
On Val Panizzut's first visit to his wife’s Mexican hometown, the co-owner of The Prickly Pear vowed he would name his first restaurant after the delicious fruit borne from cacti. Today, the fruition of that fruit-inspired idea offers expansive views of Lake Norman from its generous windows or patio seats, as well a menu of Mexican cuisine. Not content with just offering traditional tacos and burritos, the kitchen crafts modern Mexican dishes that have earned it numerous local press mentions. They pair the usual flavors of cotija cheese, chipotles and cilantro with, for example, fruits such as pear, mango, and pineapple, all in an effort to add savory, piquant, or sweet depth to shrimp dishes and adobo-rubbed chicken. To augment the adventurous atmosphere, live musical acts entertain guests on Thursday and Sunday nights—but they never say in advance exactly where in the restaurant they’ll hide as they play.