What You'll Get
Tequila producers transform the bitter nectar of a prickly agave plant into a delectably smooth, nuanced libation, a process recalling a caterpillar's dazzling metamorphosis into a smooth-talking bug-man. Behold the belly-filling wonders of nature with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Mexican-American cuisine at Salud Tequila Lounge in Wicker Park.
Salud's extensive selection of 100% agave tequilas recast the cactusy libation as something to be sipped and savored, pairing its earthy flavors with a menu of fresh, upscale Mexican-American cuisine. While discussing flavor-notes from the more than 75 tequilas, nosh on savory antojitos such as a trio of original, pineapple, and chipotle pumpkin-flavored guacamoles ($12), or dip chorizo-stuffed cremini mushrooms into a chipotle ranch sauce ($8). Temper the urge to crunch on unyielding flatware with a plate of Salud nachos ($8), then move on to heartier fare including tacos topped with grilled skirt steak ($9), slow-roasted pork belly ($7.50), or sautéed shrimp ($9), each with their own flavor-specific suite of accompaniments. Those craving meatier mouthfuls can sink teeth into burger-like tortas layered with delectable accessories such as salsa and jalapeño bacon to outfit palates in savory style ($9–$11).
In addition to subtle, 2-ounce pours of blancos, oak-aged reposados, and sage-like anejos, Salud proffers selections of fine cervezas, non-tequila liquors such as rum and cachaca, and mixed beverages such as mojitos ($9–$9.50) or a suite of margaritas ($8–$10). Regular events provide chef Jose Gonzalez a chance to craft special-tasting menus highlighting the beverages' unique effects on taste buds, which range from making them tingle to inspiring exuberant recitations of Keats' Ode to a Nightingale. As the night moves on, ditch the smooth comfort of a booth for the free-flailing expressionism of light dancing within the chic, dimly lit space.
- "Great service. Even better lobster and avocado tacos! I'm drooling just thinking about them." – Nicole B., Yelp, 7/8/08
- "We also got the shredded chicken tacos -- also very very good. But I liked the pork better ... which I usually would not order. The pork was seasoned so well -- it really was the best meat I have ever tasted." – Swim123, Citysearch.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 29, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 5 or more. Not valid on 5/5/11. Must use in 1 visit, no cash back. No cash value. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.