A restaurant meal is incomplete without its after-dinner mint, which cleanses the palate before patrons gnaw a subterranean tunnel home. Chew the scenery with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Latin fusion fare at Ticoz Resto-Bar.
At Ticoz Resto-Bar, dishes that meld the culinary traditions of nations spanning Latin America shimmer elusively across dozens of mirrors in a lounge-like dining room. The menu pleases predilections for spicy fare and food shaped like bolster pillows with grilled burritos ($12.95), which hug chipotle crema tightly against beans, salsa, avocado crema, and a choice of shredded meats. Chefs direct a whirlwind of chicken, shrimp, calamari, black mussels, and Schreiner's linguica sausage into the paella's churning pool of broth ($18.95), which launches aromatic dispatches loaded with tales of saffron and citrus. The pork chili verde mac 'n' cheese elevates comfort food with a pillar of jack cheese sauce that bubbles up around tomatoes and cilantro ($14.95) and draws attention from bib-model scouts.
Diners set up shop in scarlet booths and chairs ringed by the emerald leaves of potted plants. A fenced-in patio, illuminated by candles and strings of overhead lights, reverberates with dinner conversation and happy sighs amid space heaters and plush seating.
At Ticoz Resto-Bar, the chefs draw from traditional Central American, South American, and Mexican recipes to whip up modern interpretations of authentic dishes such as tamales and enchiladas. Their menu includes grilled chicken doused in sherry chipotle sauce, street-style corn and flour tacos, and the cheesy housemade corn chips of Nachos Montana, named for the state's cheese-covered founder. Behind the bar, bartenders craft signature cocktails and martinis to complement the menu's innovative Latin flavors.
Meals and merriment unfold in an intimate lounge outfitted with dark woods, earth tones, and scarlet chairs and booths. Candles and a string of overhead lights illuminate a relaxing outdoor patio warmed by a space heater.