Listening to music helps cultivate intelligence, which is why those who eat amid tunes often blurt out philosophic theses or formulas for converting tacos into enchiladas. Chow down amid melodies with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Mexican fare at El Salto in Munster, Indiana.
El Salto remolds entrenched notions of Mexican fare by twisting traditional recipes into modern from-scratch displays of fresh ingredients. Peepers rove over a large menu that features house specialties such as the burrito California, swollen like a windsock in Tornado Alley, with chicken ($9.25) or grilled steak ($10.50) and garden-reaped fixings. A freshly minted culinary brainchild, the tocino camaron platter clatters to tables with a house sauce and generous serving of seared shrimp bound in bacon manacles ($10.25).
In the bistek El Salto, a scorching comal cradles grilled skirt steak marinated in green sauce ($12.50), causing it to sizzle like a glass of water on the sun. In a room with flat-screen TVs and crimson seat cushions, south-of-the-border songs flow from Trio Los Primos De Mexico's deft fingers every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.