Though coveting thy neighbor's wife or underground sprinkler system is beyond the pale, longing for a mouthful of his cuisine is an understandable desire. Today's Groupon satisfies desires to eat from the table of our nation's neighbor: for $15, you get $30 worth of regional, Mexican cuisine at Zócalo Mexican Grill and Tequileria in the East Fourth neighborhood.
Zócalo is helmed by Aaron Sanchez, the co-star of Food Network’s Chefs vs. City and the son of Mexican food maven Zarela Martinez. This seasoned chef knows the specialty dishes of Mexico's myriad regions like the back of his best friend's hand, and at Zócalo, he's dreamt up a menu rich with recipes from the Yucatan, Puebla, and Veracruz regions. Preheat your taste buds with the Zócalo Street Corn ($5.99), a cob that's fire-roasted, dipped in chili-lime butter, and rolled in cojita cheese. Main morsels include mole con pollo ($14.99), a half chicken simmered in chili-chocolaty mole sauce, and tacos de pescado ($13.99), seared mahi-mahi coated in chipotle-lime glaze, wrapped in fresh corn tortillas, securely snuggled under a blanket of shredded chayote cabbage slaw and avocado, and accompanied with tomatillo avocado and citrus habanero salsa.
Zócalo maintains a collection of well-known tequilas as well as more exotic varieties such as Espolòn, Dos Lunas, and Agave Loco (most shots are $5–$12), and tequila-curious drinkers who refuse to choose may order a tequila flight with three, .5 oz. shots (most flights are $12.99–$15.99). All tequila is served with lime and Sangrita. South-of-the-border beers include Dos Equis, Negro Modelo, and Pacifico ($5 per bottle).
Zócalo Mexican Grill & Tequilería
Zócalo Mexican Grill & Tequilería pulls its recipes from four different regions in Mexico, each with its own distinctive flavors and flairs—from the smoked meats of the Yucatán to the rich, chocolaty mole of the Puebla to the tangy seafood of the Veracruz and the inventive salsas of the Baja. Skilled cooks place innovative spins on traditional regional dishes, layering quesadillas with goat cheese, seasoning carnitas tortas in chipotle-barbecue sauce, and folding beer-battered fish into tacos.
Out in the dining room, bartenders mix margaritas beneath shelves of dozens of glimmering tequila bottles. They pair shots of premium Agave Loco, Dos Lunas, and Espolón tequilas with lime and a serving of spicy, citrusy sangrita. Ornate copper lanterns hang from the ceiling, casting a muted, twilight-like glow on tabletops and booths. A spiraling staircase leads down to the lower dining area, bordered by ornate metal railings. Colorful towers of light illuminate the outdoor patio, ideal for people watching or pointing out constellations to your date in a loud and impressive voice so everyone else can hear.
2071 E 4th St.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115Get Directions