A tortilla makes a handy mousepad, an acceptable patch for stiff denim jeans, and, if you draw a face on it, an ideal companion on fishing trips. But there are many other uses for it, as today's Groupon proves: for $7, you get $14 worth of Tex-Mex cuisine and drinks at Tios Mexican Cafe and Cantina.
The sibling salsa slingers at Tios Mexican Cafe and Cantina engineer a menu of tasty Tex-Mex favorites. The queso freako ($5.99), a creamy blend of melted cheeses, soothes jittery taste buds and preps them for the deep-fried, cheddary assault from exploding jalapeño poppers ($5.49). To keep tongues from getting cranky and sticking themselves out at friends, load them up with the Tios taco platter, an arrangement of soft and crispy tacos ($9.49), or the mexican pizza stacked with beans, cheese, onions, tomatoes, peppers, and black olives (10”, $11.99). The wet burrito—an overstuffed tortilla that comes in six styles—pairs filling choices such as vegetarian refried beans, shredded chicken, ground chuck, and pork carnitas with cheese options that include monterey jack and cheddar, queso cheese, and vegan cheese ($7.99+).
Strands of colored lights, glowing chili peppers, and hanging sombreros contribute to Tios' lively charm. Flush clingy tortilla particles down your throat with a liquid libation from the bar, featuring 35 types of tequila served the old-fashioned way in a shot glass with a swirly straw or blended into a margarita or mojito and sprayed into waiting mouths via fire hose.
Tios Mexican Cafe and Cantina
The two sisters and a brother who run Tios Mexican Cafe and Cantina serve up Tex-Mex specialties such as barbecued tacos, mexican pizzas, and wet burritos smothered with mild enchilada sauce and cheese. They also cater to vegetarians with options such as the burrito-in-a-bowl, which is made with lard-free refried Beans and Daiya vegan cheese. Food isn’t the only reason to visit, though: the spot also houses a game room and a full bar with cocktails, beer, and 25 types of tequila.
921 Sumter St.
Columbia, South Carolina 29201Get Directions