Burritos (the size of your head) are one of life's finer things, but sometimes you just want a little Latin-food snack. Enter the tamale and the empanada.
This River North spot's Latin flavors and a festive backdrop make for a decent night out. Try the shrimp/scallop ceviche, the chorizo empanadas, and the seriously delicious blood orange caipirinha (which also comes by the pitcher!).
Cheap Mex that's actually delicious! Go for a pitcher of margs, delightfully greasy chips w/ guac & burritos. Servers are ultra-sweet.
Always packed for a reason! Food is fun & cheap (try the El Tico w/ ribeye & the delish oatmeal shake) and it's BYOB. Heads up: Cash only.
It's not authentic, but the tacos are tasty and fun to share. Skirt steak and shrimp options are particularly tasty.
The menu is a bit hit-or-miss, so take this advice, please: Focus your energy on (as in, save stomach space for) the entrees! The paella, salmon, and steak dish are all winners.
Mexican/French fare?! Si and Oui, please! It's a sophisticated setting with dishes that will surprise you...in a good way!
Perennially packed Rick Bayless gem where you can grab his killer guac, along w/ Mex sandwiches, for a cas lunch. Fab coffee & pastries too.
A cornucopia of Latin flavors converge in a cute little cafe along Milwaukee Ave. Get the namesake cafe con leche and try the chicken tinga empanada.
The brick and mortar shop that grew out of the famous blue food truck. The empanadas are baked and fresh- try the caramelized onion version.