Even the most sweeping political, social, and cultural upheavals in human history have their humble beginnings in a cup of Viennese coffee, a loaf of French bread, or 14 shrimp mixed up with Asadero cheese, poblano chiles, grilled scallions, and salsa. Today's Groupon makes sure they won't start the revolution without you: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale Mexican cuisine at Zapatista at Zapatista's South Loop or Northbrook locations.
Zapatista's menu of authentic Mexican fare features fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, tortas, tortitas, tortacos, enchilacos, burritos, burros, seafood dishes, edible sombreros, and a heaping helping of tequilas (or tequilae, in the Queen's English). The guacamole ($7.99) is made to order from fresh avocados; try it with freshly cut jicama sticks ($2). Entrees such as the half roasted chicken with sweet-corn tamal, chipotle spinach, and mole poblano ($16.99) will please palates with their careful combinations of refined south-of-the-border tastes. Time Out Chicago recommends the fajitas in particular, "served in a hot, mortar-like molcajete where the peppers and scallions sizzle until you stuff them into housemade tortillas" ($16.99 for chicken fajitas, $13.99 for vegetarian). Seafood options include grouper Veracruzana ($19.99), seafood enchiladas ($21.99), and chipotle salmon ($18.99). Specialty lunch combinations such as a carne asada and enchilada combination plate ($14.99) are available until 4 p.m.
Zapatista's tequila options are divided into blancos (bottled without aging), reposados (aged in an oak barrel for two to 12 months), añejos (aged from one to three years), and del maguey mezcales (100% agave mezcales from Oaxaca, Mexico). Each pairs well with a different food, and all are best enjoyed in summer in Zapatista's al fresco dining area; the covered patio "attracts masses of margarita lovers," according to the Chicago Reader.
Though passively aggressively "misplacing" office memos will never truly count as fighting the power, today's Groupon to Zapatista Mexican Grill will at least let you eat the food preferred by history's true revolutionaries.
- This uber-taqueria spices up the Chicago dining scene with an inventive menu of passionately created Mexican fare. – Adam White, Centerstage
- If you love Mexican food, you have to go to this restaurant. It is delicious! – PaulaChicago, Citysearch
- The mojitos and margaritas were so tasty. While attending a meeting in Chicago we ate here two nights in a row. It is the perfect place for a group or quiet meal. The fajitas were presented well and flavourful. – Travelling Diner, Urbanspoon
The chefs at Zapatista cull tantalizing dishes from across the culinary regions of Mexico and spice them with piquant sauces and marinades. Diners nosh on fresh meats and veggies inside the vibrant yellow-, green-, and red-walled dining rooms, which teem with wooden tables reposing under hanging star lanterns and candelabra chandeliers. The spacious interior's rounded archways separate the dining areas, and rough-hewn-stone arches stand guard over myriad liqueurs at the bar like Rumpelstiltskin stands guard over firstborns.