Chicago's Best Mexican Restaurants

Chicago's Best Mexican Restaurants

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We've rounded up 9 of the best spots for Mexican eats right here in Chicago.

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    Local, sustainable ingredients are the name of the game at Lake View’s Chilam Balam — and if you don’t think that ups the flavor ante, just try to get a seat on a Friday or Saturday night.
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    You could say it all started when Rick Bayless spent six years conducting culinary research in Mexico and penned his first book, Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico.
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    Chef Carlos Gaytan honed his French technique at the Sheraton North Hotel, Union League Club of Chicago, and Old Town favorite Bistro Margot before opening up this West Town hot spot in 2008.
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    Satkoff marries ingredients like Oaxacan chiles, pineapple, and plantains with hearty proteins like a Maple Creek Farms double-cut pork chop to give diners a pleasantly surprising experience.
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    Logan Square continues to thrive as a hotbed for some of the city’s most exciting restaurants, and that’s definitely the case with chef Jorge Miranda’s acclaimed Chilapan.
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    If you're looking to while away a Sunday afternoon (read: day drinking), don't miss the brunch. There's nothing better than a plate of chilaquiles to soak up the debauchery from the night before.
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    Everything from the chipoltes to the salsas is made in-house, and the papalo (a.k.a. summer cilantro) is grown the owner's garden.
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    Laid back but sophisticated, out-of-the-way Sol De Mexico incorporates largely organic ingredients in chef Clementina’s Guerrero-inspired sopas and entrées, such as the Costilitas de Cordero en Mole Negro, an aged rack of lamb with black mole sauce.
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    while you'll find chips and guac on the menu, the habanero popcorn (made with olive oil and cheddar cheese) is an unexpected-yet-tasty alternative.
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