Chicago loves putting restaurants in alleys. Maybe because (unlike New York, where garbage is proudly displayed on the street) we just have so many of them. Bar Sotano is a cocktail bar in the alley behind Frontera Grill, and it’s owned by the same team. So it’s not surprising that the Mexican food here is great. The menu has a mix of bar snacks (like habanero-glazed fried chicken bites), plus entrees like a burger and a wagyu steak with pureed sunchoke. Which is probably one of the best steaks you’ll have the chance to eat in an alley.
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Cruz Blanca is a combination of a casual taco spot and a brewpub that's good for an easy meal and hanging out.
The Garage, where you'll get awesome tacos and a different food truck every day of the week. This is one of the cooler lunch spots in town.
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Frontera Grill is the most famous Mexican restaurant in Chicago. It’s a classic spot that’s doing excellent food in a casual sit-down place.
Beatnik is a restaurant and cocktail lounge in West Town serving average food in a beautiful environment.
Xoco is a casual Mexican street food spot from the man himself, Rick Bayless. It's a good move for an easy meal.
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