PORTAGE PARK — El Mariachi de Los Compadres, 4929 W. Irving Park Road, became the latest restaurant to open in the Six Corners Shopping District Thursday, offering a smorgasbord of Mexican favorites and American staples.
Husband-and-wife duo Jose Gonzalez and Lizabeth Cuenca crafted their menu to satisfy a wide spectrum of tastes, they said.
In addition to family-sized platters and specials like chilequesos and steak alambres, the restaurant also offers a long list of grab-and-go American breakfast sandwiches, many of them under $5.
"There are a lot of parents who come in from Mexico, who may want an enchilada or something," Gonzalez said. "But they have kids who were born here, who might want burgers or chicken nuggets, so we want to be able to serve them both."
The restaurant also serves up fresh-scooped ice cream and fruit juices, plus coffee, tea and horchata.
Gonzalez and Cuenca decorated the storefront with bright colors and sombreros to mimic the way traditional Mexican mariachis dress, they said. The owners plan to play the music daily, even inviting live mariachi acts to serenade diners.
"Mariachi is very much part of the folklore of Mexico, and that's the kind of concept we're trying to create," Gonzalez said.
El Mariachi de Los Compadres is open every day from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. The restaurant will celebrate its grand opening Saturday, with special deals on some menu items, the owners said.