Free fun at Papagayo Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar this Sunday and Monday, when all four Boston-area locations celebrate the Super Bowl and Groundhog Day in style.
Papagayo is offering a win-win deal: if the Pats win the Superbowl, then your dinner is free! Reservations are necessary, and you have to be there for the kickoff, and you have to purchase a beverage. And of course, you should tip your server appropriately. But it’s a nice deal. In the HIGHLY unlikely scenario that the Seahawks win, then the meal is still half off.
For those who like to watch their Super Bowl surrounded with apps, these look especially yummy:
- Ceviche ($9.95), Prepared Tableside, with Shaved Tuna, Lime Macerated Shrimp, Plantain Chips.
- Ostiones Diablo ($14.95): Grilled Island Creek Oysters, Jalapeño-Chorizo Butter
- Chili Dusted Calamari ($9.95) Pickled Jalapeños, Teardrop Tomatoes, Chipotle Crema
- Alotes a la Parilla ($7.95): Grilled Corn, Aleppo Pepper and Lime Aioli, Queso Cotija
- Shrimp and Avocado Salad ($14.95) Pan Seared Achiote Marinated Shrimp, Avocado, Mango, Jicama, Chipotle Vinaigrette
Don’t forget to order some of their “Hand-Hacked” guacamole. Flavored guac also includes lobster guacamole and butternut squash guacamole.
Dia de la Candelaria
On Monday, while others are crossing their fingers for an early spring on Groundhog Day, I’ll be celebrating the half-way point between winter and spring, in a glass half-full kind of way. And that glass would be filled with margaritas, of course.
Día de la Candelaria (Day of the Candles) is when many cultures around the world mark February 2 as the point between the winter solstice and spring equinox, and is regarded as a superstitious day in various cultures. In the United States the groundhog’s shadow predicts the arrival of spring, but in Mexico it is a celebration based on religious influences, pagan traditions and weather superstitions that celebrate spring’s arrival. Candles are blessed and lit to mark the end of the holiday season, and families gather to eat tamales.
All day long, Papagayo’s guests will enjoy a candlelit dinner and house-made tamales to rejoice the end of winter and the arrival of spring.
More in the mood for tacos?
Create Your Own Taco ($17.95) includes a 1/4 kilo of meat, with soft flour tortillas, minced onions, lime and cilantro. Protein choices are:
- Braised Short Rib, Hand-Hacked Avocado Relish, Chipotle BBQ Sauce
- Carnitas De Lechon
- Oven-Seared and Braised Pork Belly, Pineapple Pico, Pickled Cucumber Salad
- Carne Asada
- Marinated Grass Fed Skirt Steak, Chimichurri and Tomato Jam
There’s also Street Tacos:
- Fish tacos
- Cochinita en pibil : steamed in a banana leaf, with orange habanero salsa, and cilantro;
- Shrimp: chili tempura style, with poblano slaw, chipotle aioli, tomatillo salsa crudo;
- Trailer park tacos, with crispy chicken, chili con quest, shredded lettuce and pico de gallo;
- Omelette: fresh scrambled eggs with chorizo, jack cheese, crispy potato sticks, chile de arbor salsa;
- Vegetables: chili tempura coauliflower, grilled cscallions, pickled red onions, and julienne cucumber.
For dessert, there’s lots of choices:
- Sopapillas ($7) Fresh Berry Compote, Whipped Cream, Lightly Fried Beignet Pillows
- Banana Taquitos ($7) Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Dulce de Leche Caramel, Crème Anglaise, Fresh Berries
- Vanilla Bean Flan ($7) Lemon Scented Custard, Burnt Caramel, Fresh Whipped Cream
- Boston Creme and Jelly Churros ($7) Raspberry Coulis, Chocolate Ganache, Crème Anglaise
- House Specialty: Tequila Snow Cones ($12) Four Fresh Fruit Varieties, Spiked with Daily Tequila Served Granita Style
Margaritas are hand-muddled, made with 100% blue agave tequila, orange liqueur , fresh lime juice, agave nectar. $8.25 each or $42 for a pitcher. Try their Ron-rita, a large freshly made Margarita with a 7 ounce Coronita turned upside down in the margarita. And of course, sangria.
And there’s a deadly serious tequila bar with about four pages of various tequilas. There’s four pages of tequila, about 180 varieties.
and a tequila snowcone. Ask them about their Tequila Club, if you’re a serious fan.