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Mayan Palace

View Map2703 N. Halsted St., Chicago
Tel: (773) 935-4200
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Frozen or shaken, the margaritas at Mayan Palace will have you wastin' away Jimmy Buffett-style. Choose from 10 flavors (including raspberry peach, pineapple and lime for the traditionalists) and upgrade to a pitcher if you've got a thirsty group. Make a special trip to margaritaville on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as the frozen concoctions are a steal at half-price. Speaking of concoctions, Mayan Palace also mixes up pina coladas, daquiris, mojitos and sangria, all of which are more fun to slurp alfresco on the tented patio.

If you're looking for something trendy, head elsewhere, as this eatery couldn't be more low-key. The casual vibe goes well with the baskets of chips and salsa (which, by the way, is a bit too spicy for a wimp like me).

The menu features authentic Mexican favorites: fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos and, perhaps most beloved of all, burritos with your choice of steak, chicken, pork, ground beef, chorizo or good old veggies. Other specialties of the house include grilled tilapia tacos, homemade tamales, chimichangas and a red snapper filet grilled in a garlic butter sauce. On the not-so-heavy side, there are salads as well as a few lighter seafood dishes, but amidst all of that melted cheese and guacamole, you may have to channel some serious willpower. The prices are totally reasonable (most entrees fall in the $6-$12 range) and portions are leftover-friendly, though I managed to finish off my tacos without much trouble. Round out your fiesta with fried ice cream, flan or, better yet, another margarita.

Average cost: $10-$20

Centerstage Reviewer: Natalie Goldstein

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11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday

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