Mexican Restaurants in Arlington Heights

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Salsa 17

All chefs have experience behind the stove, but Salsa 17’s Eardley Firth has cut his teeth in all positions of the kitchen and at numerous Chicago restaurants, including City Tavern and Chestnut Street Grill. At his current station, he crafts a menu of gourmet Mexican dishes such as lamb shank braised in birria sauce, jumbo tiger shrimp in mole blanco, and enchiladas stuffed with sautéed white mushrooms, spinach, and caramelized onions. Firth isn’t the only one who gets to experience the joy of crafting food. Servers make guacamole by hand at tablesides, and bartenders blend margaritas before pouring them into salt-rimmed glasses or waterproof sombreros.

17 W Campbell St
Arlington Heights,
IL
US

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.

115 W Campbell St
Arlington Heights,
IL
US

In the kitchen of El Sombrero Restaurant, Chef Ignacio "Nacho" Suchil prepares Mexican favorites such as big burritos, corn-tortilla enchiladas, and fish tacos made with icelandic cod and lime. While live music plays in the dining room, he splashes housemade creole sauce onto grilled shrimp and tosses skirt steaks onto blazing grills. El Sombrero Restaurant augments its eats with a game room, outdoor seating, and a lunch buffet on Wednesdays and Fridays.

1100 South Elmhurst Road
Mount Prospect,
IL
US

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