Spicy sauces are great for deterring children from licking frozen poles, substituting lost winter coats, and swiftly ending staring contests. Explore the most delicious use for piquant condiments with today's deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of traditional Mexican fare and drinks at Salsa 17 in Arlington Heights.
Chef Jose Luna brings three generations' worth of Mexican foodie forebears to fill his lunch and dinner menus with carefully honed flavors. During dinner, guacamole ($8.95) is prepared fresh tableside, assuring guests the concoction isn't artificially enhanced by creamy supplements or black-market food coloring. Chefs apply years of experience playing Operation to silently extract menu guesswork with a selection of chef's specials, such as the birria de borrego, a lamb shank braised in birria sauce and served with chipotle mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables ($20.95). Add extra flare to an arrachera marinated skirt steak ($18.95) or grilled atlantic salmon ($19.95) with one of Salsa 17's mole sauces, traditional Mexican concoctions that form palate-pleasing puzzles with up to 2030 interlocking ingredients. Six pages of dinner options ensure that no appetite exits with its former owner, and a dense lunch selection meets multifarious midday cravings with grilled chicken tortas layered with mashed black beans and pickled jalapeno ($8.95) or an avocado- and orange-topped ensalada margarita ($6.95)
Colorful tiles and murals line the dining room, where diners hold fast at rows of polished wooden tables to fend off hordes of advancing hunger pangs. High-top chairs seat drinkers along the ornate, mirrored bar while beverage technicians sort through a selection of more than 140 tequilas to pour shots or mix specialty margaritas such as the pomegranate-enhanced La Grandita ($8.95) or frozen Sabrosa Strawberry ($7.95), made with freshly pureed fruit.
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