A tortilla makes a handy mouse pad, 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 $10, you get $20 worth of Mexican fare and drinks at Tortilla Flats Restaurant.
Located on the gorgeous shores of Lake Mission Viejo and decorated with hand-painted murals, the picture-perfect hacienda features a menu packed with Mexican favorites. House specialties include carnitas (fresh, Mexican-style pork with frijoles, arroz, salsa fresca, and guacamole, $14.95) and the mole Maria (tender chicken topped with homemade mole sauce, $14.95). If you bring a Valentine's date, the platon de tacos (for two people, $26.95) gives you both ample opportunity to eat from either end of a custom-made taco and meet in the middle—a couples activity as romantic to experience as it is disgusting to watch. Seafarers will dig the marinated convergence of raw fish, lime, onions, tomatoes, and cilantro in Tortilla Flats' ceviche ($11.95) or the sautéed crab and shrimp medley of chimichanga de mariscos ($18.95), while herbivores can savor some deep-fried tostadas stuffed with veggies ($10.95). Chase it all with a dessert of fried ice cream ($6.95) or caramel flan ($4.95). Tortilla Flats also offers a respectable wine list.
This Groupon is valid for dine-in only, so come early to get a seat on the enclosed patio, where you and amigos both real and imaginary can enjoy the way the vibrant live music (every Thursday and Friday) intermingles with the limpid lapping of the lake at sunset.
Though the reviews are at times polarized, Yahoo! Locals give Tortilla Flats 3.5 stars, four Insider Pagers rate it four, and Citysearchers award it 4.5. Seventy-seven percent of Urbanspooners recommend the eatery:
- My favorite were the enchiladas, they were just perfect with a little spice to them, the red sauce taste [sic] freshly made. The Cadillac margaritas are strong, but are made with good tequila. – Manuel T., Insider Pages
- …I have those crispy chicken tacos with rice and beans and I am in HEAVEN! They are fabulous. Prices are VERY reasonable! – V L., Insider Pages
- Food is great and the view of Lake Mission Viejo is always enjoyable. A wonderful pick for a fun night in Mission Viejo. – bac02, Citysearch