Chicago >Food & Dining > Caliente
2556 W Fullerton St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6064741.924937 -87.692441
Neighborhoods: North Side, Bucktown
Terrific Skirt Steak – Note: This place is no longer BYOB. They have a liquor license!
Went for dinner in a group of four on Saturday night. We were the only table in the place at 6:30, but by the time we left, there were many diners. The ambiance is eclectic yet subtle, and very dark. Our food was excellent, especially for the price. The guacamole appetizer was very fresh and plentiful, and the shrimp in tequila app was perfectly spicy. I had the skirt steak enchilada entree, which was packed with flavor. Even the rice that accompanied it was rich and buttery, not bland like white rice can be.
The staff was attentive without being overbearing, and were helpful when two diners asked to split one entree. This place is a great addition to the neighborhood!
Best Mexican, skirt steak and customer service – I might go out of my way with a nice tip but hardly will I write home about it. However my meal and experience at caliente is worth telling. Last minute reservation for my boyfriends birthday. Called early friday and made reservation for 12 guests, couldn't get anything until 9:30pm. We arrived around 9p and our table was ready. Parents came in from Indiana and are very hard to please. Started the party with queso flamado cheese mushroom fundue, so very good, warm and earthy. Poblano stuffed with crab was fresh and the peppers perfectly roasted. Also ordered taquitos of potato and goat cheese and guacamole also excellent. It was a chilly night and the chef sent over cream corn soup for the whole table. Excellent! my entree was the skirt steak with shrimp. The steak was more than generous and the plates come stacked with mexican rice and beans, jalapenos and grilled onion. There was only one waiter and two busgirls. He was such a delight and to our surprise really gave us plently of attention. Little did we realize that he was the owner, a husband and wife team. My parents just fell in love with both of them. If you want a restaurant with alot of heart check this one out. It's family owned, not some big money corporate monster. And from the look at the dining room, customers love it. Thank you for a great evening.
best BYOB and skirt steak with shimp – Weekends can be very busy. But the juicy skirt steak and chipotle shrimp are so worth every bite. We started our nite with a pitcher of margarita and the poblano relleno. A green pepper stuffed with crab meat and cheese. So fresh we wanted more but decided to await the queso flameado, a cheezy saute pan full of mushrooms, peppers and salsa. Fantastic. My date had the paella full of mussels, chicken, shrimp and scallops. I had the juicy skirt steak with spicy jumbo shrimp. No leftovers and on our third pitcher of margarita that they so perfectly mixed up for us and no more room for dessert. We will be back.
Logan Square restaurant churns out tasty Mexican in a festive atmosphere. –
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