A fluorescent lime-green margarita sign illuminates the front window of this cozy Mexican restaurant, nestled snugly in a bustling strip-mall on the outskirts of Orland Park, suggesting anything but a lack of tequila awaits inside.
The interior of Burrito Jalisco doesn't disappoint; the warm golden-hued walls, accented by low-hanging, dim lighting fixtures, serve as the backdrop for a lively, hand-painted mural of a Flamenco dancer and a mariachi. The inviting choice of seating, ranging from large booths able to seat 10 to several tall-boys designed for intimate conversation, provides an appropriate place to fill your belly with hearty Mexican cuisine. Jalisco's homey bar follows the half Mexican, half modern American restaurant theme; it barely fills out a nook and is adorned with a combination of Aztec art and rope lights.
Burrito Jalisco offers an array of reasonably priced traditional Mexican dishes including chiles rellenos con queso for $10.49, to the all-too-rare find of menudo (tripe soup) for $7.99. Breakfast dishes are also served, including eggs done multiple styles with chorizo (Mexican sausage) and topped with either hot or ranchero sauce.
Be sure not to shy away from Jalisco's specialty: the spirits. Drafts of Miller Lite and MGD are priced at $1.50 daily. Come in on any Wednesday to enjoy a 64-ounce margarita while a live mariachi band croons Spanish love-songs from 7-9 p.m.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Jill Kozak