For a wonderful evening of dining in Arlington Heights start your evening at La Tasca Tapas Restaurant. If you have never eaten at a tapas restaurant, you are in for a treat. Tapas is a small plate style of dining, originating in Spain. We suggest you order several tapas to share, and perhaps a glass of their homemade sangria. (My favorite tapas dish is the Delicias Andaluzas, bacon wrapped dates in a red pepper sauce. Yum!) The interior of this restaurant is charming with their hand-painted murals and exposed brick walls. On the 1st Thursday and 3rd Friday of every month they feature live music. You may be tempted to try more tapas, but resist we have more in store for you. The restaurant is conveniently located across the street from the Metra Station. To get to La Tasca just head northwest on US 14, the first left will be Vail Avenue. La Tasca is located on the corner of Vail avenue and Davis Street.
For dinner head back across the tracks, to Javier’s Sabor Mexicano. This restaurant is a few minutes away and features traditional Mexican cuisine. There are multiple dining rooms, each with their own unique ambiance. If the weather is nice you may choose to sit outside. A wide variety of margaritas are made fresh with premium tequila. After dinner you may want to try a flight of tequila from the Agave Bar, just make sure you save room for dessert. To get to Javier’s Sabor Mexicano from La Tasca, head southeast on West Davis Street, left at North Dunton Avenue, and left at West Miner Street.
For dessert we recommend Salsa 17. This lively restaurant is less than five minutes away. The dessert menu list a variety of items such as Flan de la Semana (flan of the week), Pastel de Manzana (dessert crepes),Pastel de Tres Leche (traditional three milk cake), Pastel de Chocolate Abuelita (chocolate flour less cake) and Helado Frito (fried ice cream). You may opt to try one of their 180 tequilas, or a cordial. If you are there during the winter, you may want to try a cup of Mexican hot chocolate. Just thinking about the dessert options make me want to start this excursion in reverse order. To get to Salsa 17 from Javier’s head east on West Miner Street, right at North Dunton Avenue and right at West Campbell.