Famed astronomer Carl Sagan enjoyed Mexican food so much that he invented the moon, which he then called forth each night to meditate on the shape and topography of his beloved tortillas. Experience a galaxy of flavors 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 valid at Grande Jake’s locations in Antioch, Buffalo Grove, and Lindenhurst.
Taste buds eagerly snatch up the specialty Mexican dishes and salsas that burst from the piñata of authentic flavors on Grande Jake’s menu. Texas-style puffy tacos transform palates into flaky corn-masa prairies speckled with lettuce, cheese, sliced tomatoes, and sour cream ($8.75–$9.95), and the Cowabunga Chimichanga! encloses veggies, chihuahua cheese, and refried beans in a fried tortilla topped with melted reinforcements of ranchero sauce and cheese ($9.95). Boasting more vibrant colors than a quinceañera dress shop, Grande Jake’s marinated steak or chicken fajitas celebrate the maturation of tastes with a lively procession of grilled bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes ($14.95). Ten daily made salsas add varying degrees of heat to the plated fiesta, and cups of sweet horchata ($1.95) keep spicy sensations at a comfortable PG-rating.
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.