Spicy food, like discovering a teenager's tattoo, turns up the heat on any family dinner. Enjoy piquant dining with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Mexican fare and drinks at Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant. Choose from the following six locations: Chicago Heights, Matteson, Oswego, Shorewood, Tinley Park, or Yorkville.
Since 1967, Pepe’s Mexican Restaurants has nourished hungry families with a sweeping menu of authentic Mexican fare in colorful laid-back establishments all around Chicago. Chefs pound ripe avocados into fresh, creamy guacamole daily, which can be served with chips for dipping ($6.95) or with brushes for painting emerald moustaches on sleeping uncles. The tostadas suizas arrive with open-faced tacos that reveal what other tacos keep hidden from the world, including layers of fried beans, melted cheese, ranchera sauce, and your choice of beef, chicken, or pork ($9.25 for two; $11.25 for three). Pepe’s chefs mix and match classic Mexican dishes to create an encyclopedia of combination platters accompanied by rice and beans, such as the Chiquita ($8.95), a taco and tostada suiza, or the Puebla ($10.75), a chile relleno, taco, and tamale. Build your own meal with the chicken fajitas, which come with warm corn or flour tortillas, sizzling strips of poultry, sautéed spanish onions, tomatoes, and ringing bell peppers ($13.95). Pepe’s strawberry or mango twisted margaritas fuse unique fruit flavors into the traditional cocktails ($8.95) and land on tables in a free souvenir glass that can keep ancestral drinking crests company on mantle pieces at home.
Pepe's Mexican Restaurant
Mario Dovalina and Edwin Ptak established the original Pepe's Mexican Restaurant in 1967 in order to satisfy diners craving authentic Mexican dishes. With more than 40 locations in the Chicagoland area and northwestern Indiana and traditional eats that are sold across the United States and even in Mexico, Pepe's appeases a wide audience with its hearty options. Appetizers such as chips and fresh guacamole made daily or chili con queso ready bellies for veggie burritos bursting with seasonal vegetables. Flat-screen TVs broadcasting sports games or ballerina-wrestling matches dot the spacious walls at many of the chain’s casual eateries, keeping diners in their seats long after their shrimp, pork, or vegetable fajitas are finished.