Although classic Mexican cuisine and Tex-Mex share many of the same ingredients, they differ in the latter's heavy dependence on cheese and recipes recently acquired by T. Boone Pickens. Enjoy a different type of mealtime merger with today's Groupon to Mundial Cocina Mestiza. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of classic Mexican cuisine and drinks during dinner, served Tuesday–Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- For $8, you get $16 worth of classic Mexican cuisine and drinks during lunch, served Tuesday–Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Chefs at Mundial Cocina Mestiza draw from Mexico's culinary heritage to flavor dinner and [lunch] (http://gr.pn/puNXLo) menus forged using a combination of creative pre-Columbian and European techniques. Come dinnertime, calamares yucatecos (Cajun-spiced calamari) takes a quick dip in the fryer before arriving colorfully accessorized with red peppers, shallots, gandules, capers, and jalapeño aioli ($10), and costillas de cordero (New Zealand rack of lamb) dons rich robes of Amarillo mole sauce and fried green tomatoes to step onto plates in style ($24). Hands diligently layer corn huitlacoche, squash blossoms, oaxaca cheese, crispy tortillas, and wild mushrooms to build the rich caserola Azteca, a tasty baked-to-order tower that makes a perfect choice for a vegetarian or anyone seeking a literal interpretation of the food pyramid ($17 for dinner; $13 for lunch). Palates still sleepy at lunchtime can perk up with a breakfast platter of eggs smothered in tomatillo-guajillo chili sauce ($11) or sandwiches ($10–$12), with selections that include a center-cut pork chop glazed in a Jamaican wet rub.
Inside this Pilsen global kitchen, barkeeps crown meals with jewel-toned glasses of wine ($6–$11.50/glass), beer ($4–$5), sangria ($6/glass), and tequila ($7−$13). The restaurant's dining rooms offer a combination of candlelight and warm earth tones to light the cheerful cantina-style atmosphere, complete with azure-painted tile, crisp linens, and regular visits from the Mos Eisley band.
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Chefs at Mundial Cocina Mestiza fuse traditional Mexican staples with global ingredients, crafting creative plates layered with nuanced flavors, scents, and textures. Diners peer into detailed menus, showcases of simple dishes such as crêpes, sandwiches, and ravioli, which are transformed into spicy Latin American delicacies with help from vodka-roasted red peppers, jalapeño aioli, oaxaca cheese, mole verde, and other robust flavors. Sweet teeth can indulge with dessert, such as the piña colada cheesecake spiked with tequila, sweetened with coconut, and affixed with dentists' tears to Oreo crust. Under the flickering lights of candles and lanterns, the dining room encourages romantic evenings, and the open kitchen affords prime views of the culinary team at work.:m]]
1640 W 18th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60608