$20 for $50 Worth of Fresh Mexican Cuisine and Drinks at Rustico Grill

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In a Nutshell

  • Fresh Mexican cuisine
  • Seasonally changing menu
  • Extensive liquor selection
  • Evocative dining room

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Promotional value expires Apr 12, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Reservation required. No cash back. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with specials or other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

A tortilla makes a handy mouse pad, an acceptable patch for stiff denim jeans, and, if you draw a face on it, an ideal companion on fishing trips. But there are many other uses for it, as today's Groupon proves. For $20, you get $50 worth of food and drink at Rustico Grill, located in Logan Square.

With a menu that changes like a kaleidoscope you can eat without fear, Rustico Grill serves up an exciting variety of original Mexican cuisine using fresh ingredients. A recent dinner menu features a tortilla baker's dozen of entremeses, or appetizers, such as two-corn tamales with creamy poblano sauce, cheese, and seasoned corn ($6), or wood-grilled calamari dressed in garlic sauce and lime juice and mixed with baby arugula, roasted red pepper, and seasoned corn ($7.50). Entrees conjured up from spices and stardust include pan-fried shrimp cakes ($18); soft tacos with steak ($15), pork ($15), or chicken ($13); a filet mignon accompanied by grilled shrimp and scallops ($25); and enchiladas with veggie-friendly innards of mushrooms, zucchini, onions, and corn ($13). Satisfy soft spots for south-of-the-border sweets with a Rustico Grill dessert such as Mexican-style fritters ($6) or a modern, Mexican-style crème brûlée ($6). Or burst forth on weekends with brunch bravado with an omelette ($12), piñata-packed with mushrooms and Oaxacan cheese, or two over-easy eggs served on tostadas ($9.50) with beans, zucchini, and fried plantains. Rustico Grill also mixes margaritas and wields wines for those lusting for libations.

The illuminating centerpiece of Rustico Grill's evocative dining room is an artisan-crafted iron chandelier adorned with gourds, serving as a sort of banqueting beacon for supping sailors lost in a sea of dire dining options. Throw down your appetite anchor and make plans to savor the flavor of Rustico Grill.

Reviews

The Chicago Tribune and Centerstage Chicago reviewed Rustico Grill:

  • Foodies prepare, dinner just got interesting again. At Rustico Grill, chef Raul Arreola dazzles Logan Square with his sensational Oaxacan plates in an architecturally sound room tinkered with a bucolic gourd-dripping chandelier hanging from an oak-cloaked ceiling. – David-Anthony Gonzalez, Centerstage Chicago
  • The menu is easily grasped, a collection of tried-and-true appetizers (queso fundido and sopa Azteca among them) and main courses that rely heavily on mole sauces. But there are enough variations — a chile relleno stuffed with potato, chorizo and escabeche, for instance — to keep the place from being excessively by-the-numbers. – Phil Vettel, Chicago Tribune

Three Zagat online users recommend Rustico Grill, and Yelpers give it 3.5 stars:

  • Warm decor, friendly/patient/informative staff, and lively ambience, the food is beautiful, colorful, and flavorful. Everything from the guacamole with radishes and jicama to the 21 ingredient mole, to dessert (tres leche, flan, warm chocolate cake) were very good...Great for a lively group. – CindyW7726, Zagat
  • The food is as fine as you'll get anywhere; incredibly complex moles and creativity and attention to detail that place it at the top of the increasingly fine collection of Mexican restaurants that have overrun Chicago... – maggys, Zagat
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    Chicago, Illinois 60647

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