A well-made burrito, like a well-lived life, is warm, robust, and startlingly vulnerable to sledgehammer attacks. Savor the delicate wonders of tortilla’d temptations with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of Mexican fare and drinks at Grande Jake’s Authentic Mexican Grill. This Groupon is good at Grande Jake’s locations in Antioch, Buffalo Grove, and Lindenhurst.
Grande Jake’s smuggles a bounty of South of the Border flavors into the abdomens of eaters using a menu replete with authentic options. Lunch platters, served Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., take up every inch of plate real estate, crushing midday cravings with the flavorful force of enchiladas, flautas, and other creations stuffed with cheese and a choice of steak, chicken, pork, or beans ($7.25). Dinner plates are served any time of day, ensuring taste buds can confidently call upon a Cowabunga Chimichanga!—whose savory proteins, veggies, and cheese are fried together in a tasty tortilla hammock—without fear of being stood up and having to cry themselves to sleep ($9.25). Vegetarian bean or guacamole tostadas ($3.50) or tacos ($2.50+) keep herbivores happy, and an assortment of burgers and hot dogs allows domestically-oriented diners to dig in without having their palate passports stamped. Those with any eating room left can indulge in fried ice cream, a perfect negotiation tool to get kids to behave or adults to stop accusing innocent children of misbehavior ($3.50).
Nine Yelpers give Grande Jake’s Authentic Mexican Grill an average of 3.5 stars:
Grande Jake’s Fresh Mexican Grill
The neon lights and bright colors at Grande Jake’s Authentic Mexican Grill’s three Chicago-area hubs hint at the menu’s dedication to spicy eats. Chefs scoop grilled steak, chorizo, and chicken into burritos, then douse them in melted chihuahua cheese and salsa ranchera. Homemade tamales burst with pork or chicken, and the pollo asada al carbon tops a 12-ounce char-grilled chicken breast with mole or green sauce. Refried beans, spanish rice, and chips serve as supporting actors to entrees, and the creamy Mexican-style custard in flan finishes dinners more sweetly than a dinner mint delivered by a troupe of newborn kittens.