Like most modern conflicts, the rivalry between soft and hard tacos will not end until one side gets eaten by a bear. Broker a culinary truce with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Mexican fare and drinks at Rockin’ Baja Coastal Cantina in Huntington Beach.
Fresh seafood cooked in the Puerto Nuevo style flies out to tables in Rockin Baja’s signature buckets, accompanied by flavorful entrees and high-quality cocktails. After traipsing over to the unlimited chips-and-salsa bar, delighted diners dive into plates of gnarly nachos, upgrading plain corn tortilla chips for ones piled high with jalapeño-spiked cheese, ranchero beans, and guacamole ($9.99). Carne asada and grilled chicken snuggle up with wild Mexican shrimp and Alaskan snow crab in the surf 'n' turf bucket ($23.99), with other palatable pails offering up equally covetous combos including shrimp and lobster ($25.99), and fried mahi-mahi and fries ($14.99). For traditionalists who prefer to leave their buckets on the beach, plates of outrageous tacos tickle taste buds with their George Carlin impersonations, as well as seven filling incarnations ranging from pork carnitas to slipper lobster tails ($8.99+). Fried ice cream ($4.99) crunches its way to a fabulous finale, arriving flash fried, drizzled in caramel, and coated in sweet contradiction.
Specialty margaritas such as the mexi-tini ($8) shake up everyday sips, pairing silver tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and sliced jalapeño for a mix of sweet and spicy flavors rivaled only by a caramel-coated Charo. Beer sails to eager tables by the bucket, with five bottles of domestic ($18) or imported brews ($23), and ice-cold sangria ($19/pitcher) deftly pairs a wine-and-brandy blend with refreshing slices of limes, oranges, and lemons.
7811 Edinger Ave.
Huntington Beach, California 92647Get Directions