The chefs at 4 Hermanos grill and sauté authentic Mexican fare, trimmed with gooey cheese, cool guacamole, and dollops of sour cream. The extensive menu sidekicks more than 15 burritos and tortas with combination platters that ease decision making by uniting meats, beans, and veggies in a single forkful. The restaurants' catering menu proffers trays of steak and chicken fajitas, encouraging gatherings of 15–35 friends or family members. The original 4 Hermanos restaurant opened in Jefferson Park in 2001, and the Forest Glen location was born seven years later, sprouting fully formed from an avocado seed planted in the soil.
The chefs at Don Juan Restaurante charm bellies with Mexican cuisine paired with more than 50 varieties of tequila. At outdoor tables, stardust spices dishes from a seasonal menu that changes weekly. A private party room gives tails space to pin themselves on donkeys as guests entertain themselves with seafood nachos and six genres of margarita. Brews imported from Mexico's frostiest beer rivers wash down sizzling fajitas, tacos, and heaps of fresh guacamole, and live entertainment marinates meats in the flavors of music.
When you get your first plate of Taqueria Los Comales’ signature Mexico-City-style tacos, you might be surprised by their size. Each double-wrapped taco is small enough to fit into your hand, a fact owner Camerino Gonzalez specifically had in mind when first making them in Chicago’s Little Village in 1973. Rather than have clients try just one of his signature meats, he wanted to allow guests to sample a wide variety of different options. Cooks stuff the soft tortillas with al pastor served in a secret marinade as well as more adventurous taqueria staples such as tongue or beef tripe. The restaurants’ homemade salsa and their own signature mix of pickled carrots, cauliflower, and jalapeños enhance these flavors, making meals as satisfying as the discovery that you’re tax exempt because of your cool haircut. Alongside the traditional tacos, chefs grill up meats for tortas, burritos, breakfast, and dinner platters, all of which can be paired with the shop’s glasses of creamy horchata or a range of Mexican and domestic beers.
The cooks at Mom’s Old Recipe Mexican Restaurant concoct authentic home-style entrees and desserts using fresh, traditional ingredients. Start with a light, limey shrimp ceviche tossed with tomatoes and cilantro ($9.25) before diving into the dark, chocolaty waves of enchiladas moles stuffed with chicken ($9.25), ground beef ($9.25), or steak ($10.25). The carne asada is a Mom's specialty and shares plate space with house-made jalapeño-and-onion potatoes as well as rice, beans, and optional table-mate repellent. Meals can end sweetly with a saucerful of flan ($4) or crispy sopapillas ($6).
Jaime and Mary Cianca, owners of Tuxpan Mexican Grill, create a menu of authentic Mexican fare based on recipes from their hometown of Tuxpan, Mexico. Inside the kitchen Jaime, also acting as head chef, fills tacos with steak, seasoned pork, and cilantro, and prepares signature dishes—including chicken topped with house-made red or green mole sauce. Meanwhile, Mary, also working as a server, delivers plates of the popular shrimp fajitas and tall glasses of horchata to diners, leading the bilingual staff with instructions in both English and Spanish. Additionally, customers may choose to bring in a favorite bottle of wine to uncork during dinner thanks to the restaurant’s BYOB policy. The dining area’s orange-hued walls are adorned with butterfly decorations to mimic the famous winter migration of monarchs to the forests of Tuxpan, before for they head to their retirement community in Florida.
Splash Landings's year-round indoor water park brims with swimmers of all ages and skill levels enjoying its watery attractions, which range from a zero-depth entry pool for kids, a relaxing whirlpool, and speedy slides. Soaring above the pool are vintage model airplanes sporting vintage model water wings, and lifeguards stand throughout the facility to ensure tykes are protected. The staff also prepares visitors for safe splashing with a wide array of swimming lessons offered year-round.
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.