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Barrio

Perfect For: Action at the Bar Big Groups Birthdays Girls' Night Out Guys Night Outdoor/Patio Situation

Barrio is another trendy Top Chef restaurant in River North from the same people who own Siena Tavern. And like Siena, Barrio is a scene: there’s loud music, giant booths dominating most of the dining area, and a huge bar. Unfortunately the Mexican fusion menu falls short on flavor. The ramen/pozole mashup was bland and had almost no broth, and tacos were dry and flavorless, with housemade tortillas that were gummy and fell apart. So far it’s a good spot for getting some drinks after work, but we’d skip it for dinner.

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