Brightly painted walls, vivid paintings of Mexican life, and flavorful margaritas lend Las Palmas' numerous locations a relaxed, distinctly "fiesta" vibe. As guests slowly unwind with friends, family, or Twister champions over ice-cold Mexican beers and cocktails, the chefs prepare fajitas, enchiladas, and tacos alongside plates of charbroiled meats and seafood. They also whip up vegetarian-friendly options, such as the signature guacamole and enchiladas banana, which they stuff with fried bananas and smother in mole sauce and melted cheese.
At Rudy’s Mexican Grill in Grayslake, traditional Mexican cuisine pairs with signature margaritas. The large menu includes seafood specialties such as ceviche or red snapper with shrimp along with classic favorites such as tacos filled a choice of four types of meat.
Tacos El Norte has been satisfying cravings for home-style Mexican food for more than a decade. From chile rellenos to grilled skirt steak with ranchero sauce, the menu offers a variety of Mexican specialties. Guests can also relax with a margarita at the bar while watching sports or just staring blankly at the television.
The chefs at Rancho Nuevo look to Mexico’s Jalisco region when crafting their recipes. A veritable paradise on earth for the culinary-minded, Jalisco boasts lush gardens filled with chili peppers and freshwater lakes teeming with shrimp and fish. The chefs use all of these and more to whip up soft-shell tacos, overstuffed burritos, and sizzling fajitas, favoring homemade sauces and fresh produce over store-bought mixes and digital holograms of vegetables. The aromas of shrimp, catfish, and crab waft into the sunlit dining room as guests dunk crispy tortilla chips into mountains of guacamole. Between bites, they clink together glasses filled with tropical cocktails, spicy micheladas, and freshly made horchata.
Every four–six weeks, Cemitas Puebla's owner and chef, Tony Anteliz, sends a family member to Mexico to gather ingredients such as chipotle peppers and giant cinnamon sticks. He relies on time-tested family recipes honed in Puebla, Mexico to assemble these imported ingredients into sandwiches, tacos, and salsas that have been praised in the Chicago Tribune and on WTTW 11’s Check, Please!. Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives highlighted the restaurant’s signature cemita sandwich: sesame-seed-bread laden with fresh oaxaca cheese, papalo—a fragrant herb grown in Tony's mother's garden—house-stewed chipotles, and a choice of meats such as breaded pork and carne asada. Inspired by Lebanese shawarmas, tacos arabes begin with layers of pork shoulder and onion skewered on a rotisserie. The stack of meat rotates as slowly as a ferris wheel being ridden by a herd of elephants before a member of the open-air-kitchen staff shaves off tender meat and tucks it into pita-like tortillas.