Turning into a mountain of guacamole is an avocado's dream and a delivery driver's nightmare. Overwhelm taste buds with south-of-the-border flavors with today's Groupon to Mago Grill & Cantina in Arlington Heights and Bolingbrook. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get lunch or dinner for two, including a guacamole appetizer (an $8 value), any two entrees (up to a $20 value each), and two El Hechizo margaritas (a $7.50 value each; up to a $63 total value).
- For $49, you get lunch or dinner for four, including a guacamole appetizer (an $8 value), any four entrees (up to a $20 value each), and one pitcher of El Hechizo margaritas (a $35 value; up to a $123 total value).
- For $79, you get lunch or dinner for six, including any two appetizers up to a $12 value each), any six entrees (up to a $20 value each), and two pitchers of El Hechizo margaritas (a $70 value; up to a $214 total value).
Chefs Juan Luis Gonzalez and Ric Munoz ferry delectable dishes of Mexican and Latin descent to the friendly shores of Mago Grill & Cantina. Astute scientific analysis of the dinner menu reveals a noteworthy concentration of enchiladas (a $12–$14 value) and suiza-style burritos (a $10–$12 value), which enclose marinated pork, skirt steak, shredded chicken, or vegetables inside a tortilla topped with melted chihuahua cheese. Savor the carne asada tampiqueña ($18), a chile-ancho marinated grilled skirt steak with a cheese enchilada, refried black beans, and poblano mashed potatoes, or opt for the combo fajitas ($17), which combines two half-orders of the chicken, veggie, steak, or shrimp fajita options. As with naming a baby, blindly stabbing a finger at the menu may be the only way to make a choice when confronted with 10 types of tacos (a $10 value for three).
Mago’s house-made tortilla chips ably excavate freshly smashed guacamole (an $8 value) or nestle beside the torta sandwiches (an $8.50–$11 value) endemic to the lunch menu. The El Hechizo margarita matches smooth, mellow El Jimador Reposado tequila with orange liqueur and fresh-squeezed lime juice, poured straight up or on the rocks according to taste and your dining companions’ tolerance for pretending ice-filled glasses are maracas.
Mago Grill & Cantina
Mago, which is Spanish for magician, owner chef Juan Luis Gonzalez to crafts authentic Latin and Mexican dishes that “dazzle” diners, according to the Daily Herald. The menu surveys both traditional and modern dishes, including three kinds of ceviche, empanadas stuffed with seasoned meats, and complex moles. Beyond the main dishes, the chef experiments with sucrose in desserts such as warm mexican spiced bread pudding, as well as a cantina menu highlighted by margaritas, mezcals, and over 250 premium 100% Agave tequilas.