Though coveting thy neighbor's wife or underground sprinkler system is beyond the pale, longing for a mouthful of his cuisine is an understandable desire. Today's Groupon satisfies desires to eat from the table of our nation's neighbor: for $7, you get $15 worth of Mexican fare and drinks at Chacho's, located in Campbell.
Chacho's celebrates spicy dining with a fun atmosphere and a menu of flavorful Mexican eats, from traditional burritos, tacos, and quesadillas to spammy surprises. The tabique taco lines up a cavalcade of beef, chicken, chorizo, bacon, and pastor and then sprinkles the whole procession with bell peppers, onions, and cheese ($3.50). Vegetarians relish the house taco, which features soy chorizo alongside bell peppers, onions, and cheese ($2.25). Fish-eaters can reel in Chacho's breaded fish taco ($2.50) and kill it with their teeth. Between bites, mouths take a break at the full bar and fill themselves with a margarita (up to $7) or a glass of sangria (up to $7). Late-night revelers and insomniacs crunch on deep-fried regular chimichangas ($5.50) until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday nights and then recover in the morning with a breakfast burrito that can be customized with egg, spam, shredded beef, and more ($3.50).
Since 1994, the chefs at Chacho's have been guarding the secrets of their time-honored family recipes for tacos, enchiladas, and burritos. They craft fresh ceviche, spicy salsas, and tamales from scratch as al pastor, chorizo, carne asada, and even soy substitutes sizzle on the grill. Outside the kitchen, bartenders concoct tangy margaritas, micheladas, and their signature chavelas upon a gleaming wooden bar, which reflects the star-shaped pendant lamps and thirsty ghosts that hang above. Their best-selling drink, Hennchata, mixes Hennessy cognac with Mexican rice horchata and has been so well received that it has earned its own Wikipedia page.
The food and drinks aren’t the only thing that gives guests a taste of Mexican culture. Chacho's crimson-walled, loft-style dining room is at once both modern and rustic, breathing new life into old traditions through contemporary Day of the Dead–themed paintings, wall-mounted sculptures, and colorful sombreros.