Like most modern conflicts, the rivalry between soft and hard tacos will not end until one side gets eaten by a bear. Broker a culinary truce with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Mexican cuisine for dinner at Las Palmas. Choose from locations in Westmont, Naperville, Glenview, Mundelein, McHenry, Evanston, and Harwood Heights. Dinner is served starting at 3 p.m. Monday–Saturday and all day Sunday.
The resident chefs at Las Palmas harness the power of fresh ingredients to craft a menu of classic Mexican dishes. Diners dive into starters of fresh, creamy guacamole ($6.25) or queso fundido ($7.95), which pairs chorizo and soft flour tortillas with a bowl of cheese that has been melted down by high-intensity saxophone solos. Flautas cradle diners’ choice of seasoned ground beef or marinated chicken in crispy, rolled corn tortillas ($9.95), and cheese chile rellenos stuff battered, roasted poblano peppers with cheese ($11.95). Bartenders shake margaritas and pop open Mexican beers.
As dinner winds down, cooks craft fried ice cream ($4.50) by disguising vanilla ice cream in crispy flakes and chocolate topping, allowing it to sneak past heat sources unnoticed. Vibrant dining rooms at all locations evoke a traditional fiesta atmosphere, and Mundelein's outdoor patio invites diners to relax among palm trees and make wishes on tortilla chips before tossing them into the courtyard fountain.
Brightly painted walls, vivid paintings of Mexican life, and flavorful margaritas lend Las Palmas' numerous locations a relaxed, distinctly "fiesta" vibe. As guests slowly unwind with friends, family, or Twister champions over ice-cold Mexican beers and cocktails, the chefs prepare fajitas, enchiladas, and tacos alongside plates of charbroiled meats and seafood. They also whip up vegetarian-friendly options, such as the signature guacamole and enchiladas banana, which they stuff with fried bananas and smother in mole sauce and melted cheese.