Corn is essential both to Mexico's cuisine, in the form of its tortillas and tamales, and to its geography, in the form of its omnipresent corn mazes. Get lost in fields of flavor with today's Groupon to Amelia’s Mestizo Grill. Choose from the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Mexican cuisine at brunch.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Mexican cuisine at lunch.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Mexican cuisine at dinner.
Inspired by the native cuisine of central Mexico, the spice wielders of Amelia’s Mestizo Grill craft inventive plates for every meal of the day. Seafood, including the grilled Alaskan salmon al carbon ($22) and green-mole-slathered camarones a la chimpa ($20), swims across the dinner menu alongside piquant pork and steak dishes. Alternatively, jumpstart morning errands or break up a long segway commute with a brunch platter of huevos florentinos, which ships two poached eggs with sautéed spinach atop two masa boats ($8).
In the afternoon, chefs interlayer meats and veggies in an array of tortas and wraps, including the torta al pastor ahogada—marinated pork flanked by soft bread and sprinkled with a rich guajillo arbol sauce, refried beans, pico de gallo, and red onion ($8). After savoring spicy plates, cool palatal fires with creamy pastel de tres leches ($9), mexican tiramisu ($9), or a trio of red, white, and green edible icepacks. Amelia's spacious dining room subtly evokes a village placita with wooden beams, cheerful artwork, exposed brick, and a bright red wall painted entirely with salsa.
Amelia's Mestizo Grill
Recipes from South-Central Mexico inspire the chefs at Amelia's Mestizo Grill, but the menu also incorporates familiar Old-World flavors. The spirit of innovation undergirds their commitment to traditional Latin-American staples, with dishes such as the grilled pork tenderloin with roasted quince that the Chicago Reader claimed, "could have come out of a far more pretentious kitchen." Stuffed poblano peppers arrive with a sherry-pecan sauce, and smoky chipotle peppers add a distinctive kick to the Mediterranean-tinged flavors of the grilled rack of lamb and potato gratin.
Coming back to its roots once again, the restaurant's dining room embodies a down-to-earth ambiance, complete with exposed brickwork and simple wooden chairs. A red accent wall adds a splash of color to the space, as do vibrant paintings of flowers, children, and Mexico's first rainbow.