Preparing dishes from other countries can require ingredients that are hard to find at most American grocery stores, such as tropical herbs or vegetables not covered in ranch dressing. Find an easier way to dip into far-flung cuisine with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Mexican fare at La Majada Restaurant in Oak Park.
La Majada Restaurant's family tree of foodsmiths has curated a menu stuffed with steak, chicken, and seafood dishes perfected over a three-decade history. The namesake Majada dish stirs up yearnings for Mexico's bustling eateries and edible pyramids via a plate stacked with a cheese-packed pepper, one golden brown cheese taco, a chicken enchilada with green tomato sauce and sour cream, one tamale, and a sliver of steak ($17.95). Burritos bulge with avocado, chorizo, pork, and decadent cheese stuffings ($10.65). Chefs skewer juicy shrimp and steak morsels darting through a broiling blend of onions, green peppers, and tomatoes in the banderillas entree ($17.95).
Exposed bricks band together in overhead arches and around a dining room fireplace that, like a just-microwaved baby blanket, exudes a cozy warmth. Mexican-inspired artwork lines walls inset with carved wooden doors and semicircular windows. Patrons pack into booths upholstered with traditional woven fabrics or take a seat at the bar for a complimentary tequila shot on Friday and Saturday evenings.
La Majada Restaurant
Most of the steak, chicken, and seafood morsels that star in La Majada Restaurant's hearty dinners spend quality time with the grill before taking on equally fiery accents of chorizo, peppers, and chile sauce. Along with dizzying combinations of burritos, tacos, and tostadas, the enormous menu also finds room for less common specialties of Mexican smoked ribs and Pollo Cancun: chicken baked in a paper bag and covered in a blend of spices and tequila. Vibrant paintings peer across the expanse of the brick-walled eatery toward a fireplace whose crackling logs occasionally spook nervous piñatas.