We understand that you might still be full after the holidays or trying to eat healthy to get slim and sexy for the summer. We get that. That’s great. But we also understand that it’s RESTAURANT WEEK in Chicago from February 1st to February 10th, and that means lots of amazing food for amazing prices and this is something that you need to take full advantage of! Chicago is known as one of the top culinary capitals in the country, and we’ve gathered some of the best participating Latino spots, whose prix fixe menus you can enjoy for $22(lunch) and $33/$44 (for dinner.) Buen provecho!
Ukrainian Village/Old Town
At D.S. Tequila Company in Lakeview, you can enjoy a 3 course dinner, which includes a round of nachos, burgers or taco combos, and a dessert of your choice. At Mexique, your dinner can include ceviche,braised pork belly, fresh corn tamal and that isn’t even looking at the lunch menu. If you’re into traditional Mexican fare, Adobo Grill will offer antojitos such as salbutes de pollo or quesadillas, and for the main course, chile rellenos, lomito en mole negro, and salmon enchipotlada. Another Mexican gem, Salpicon, will offer a 3 course menu, including salpicon de carne, camarones al mojo, tinga poblana y mucho mas. If you’d also like a little booze and Spanish flavor included in your foodie night out, Black Bull will be offering 2 glasses of sangria as part of their $33 dinner menu which includes stuffed eggplant, breaded pork loin with manchego cheese, and even lamb meatballs, so there is something for everyone’s palate.
In River North, Mexican restaurants are a plenty. For the lunch menu at Topolobampo , you can try mushroom empanadas, grilled chicken or pork in mole rojo de cachuate, and a tres leches de coco. Moe’s Cantina will be a great stop with a group of sport loving friends or coworkers, where you can enjoy housemade sangrias, made from scratch guacamole, chicken enchiladas with high def tv’s to catch all of the best sporting events happening. Nacional 27 serves a Latin fusion menu, including tostones, enchiladas, chorizo, and coconut rice with beans. If you want to get a little adventurous, Vermilion is perfect for you. Serving a self described “Latin- Indian fusion,” you can try a 3 course tasting menu, which includes combos such as bombay corn soup, tandoori tilapia “paella”, artichoke fritters, or mango flan!
West Loop/South Loop
Carnivale serves up Nuevo Latino cuisine, with influences from S. American, the Caribbean, Spain and Asia. Their menu is just as exciting as their name, where you can choose from a menu which boasts tomato and piquillo pepper soup, market fish with parsnips, purple potatoes with cotija cheese, and saffron rice pudding. De Cero is a taqueria specializing in hand-pressed, made to order tacos. Their special menu for you on Restaurant Week consists of chips and salsa, a starter (tamale, greens, or guac), 3 of any of their 15 gourmet tacos , and a dessert. Zapatista- Cuisines of Mexico– offers most of its menu as part of the special, so come hungry enough to enjoy this 3 course meal offering the delicious staples- emapanadas, ceviches, tostadas, tacos, burritos- and everything in between. If an evening of tapas is more your style, Tapas Valencia offers a chill environment , perfect for canoodling with a date or wine-ing and dining with friends. Enjoy 4 courses which include tostada de jamon with manchego cheese(YUM), shrimp al ajillo, dates wrapped in bacon, grilled tilapia, and finish with a tarta de pera.