After scientists revealed UFOs were actually full-grown tortillas, people everywhere filled swimming pools with guac and beans to catch and dissect the floury creatures. Nab a tender, baby disc with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of upscale Mexican fare and drinks at Fonda Isabel, located in Lombard.
Fonda Isabel's vibrant modern Mexican dishes take mouths on a zesty tour of the of the country's mainstays tinged with contemporary touches. Each item on the extensive menu arrives at tables hot and made from scratch. Commence the culinary carnival by splashing a gullible chip into a dunking booth of the flavorful guacamole poblano ($7.95) and celebrate by licking a steak lollipop ($4.95). A loyal cheese enchilada stands by the side of the carne a la Tampiqueña, or grilled skirt steak ($16.95), and the pork carnitas schmooze with a fawning crowd of guacamole, grilled onions, rice, jalapeños, and beans ($13.95). Nautical noshers can noodle for the savory fish tacos ($13.95) or sail through chef specialties, such as the skewered meats of the brochetas ($19.95).
Natural light bathes the bright, multihued dining area inside Fonda Isabel, where a personable staff furnishes elegant cream-colored tablecloths with colorful dishes. A sleek bar splits the building's two dining rooms and quenches deserted mouths with tasty house margaritas ($5.95 small, $6.95 medium).
This Groupon is not valid toward Fonda Isabel's specials.
- Located on Roosevelt Road in a location previously occupied by an Italian restaurant, Fonda Isabel offers high-quality pan-Mexican fare - and lots of it - in an elegant yet unpretentious setting. Call it "upscale" if you want, but Fonda Isabel proves you can get top-notch food without losing either quality or quantity. – Marty Cusack, Daily Herald
- The guacamole was super fresh and creamy, the tortillas steaming hot and so soft and the pork in the carnitas was amazing. The margaritas were strong and tasty and reasonably priced. Service was also outstanding. – Jennifer B., Yelp
- House margarita was…near perfect and the choice of salsa with their homemade chips was top notch. – Tobin h., Yelp