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8.3

Mi Tocaya Antojeria

Some restaurants are guaranteed good-time places that act like a buffer against whatever’s stressing you out that day. Like what you’re going to do with all that imaginary lottery money, or the red light ticket you just found out about after checking your mail for the first time in two months. When that kind of heavy stuff is on your mind, you need a place that’s just plain enjoyable. You need a place like Mi Tocaya, which serves creative Mexican food in an upbeat environment, and will definitely make you happy - or at least put you in a better mood than before.

This place is crowded, decorated with bright artwork, and has a liveliness that’s contagious instead of annoying. It’s the kind of spot where you’ll see the chef come out, check in with customers, tell people a little about whatever they’re eating, and then rush back to the kitchen. You’ll feel like you’re eating her favorite foods, and that’s the point.

The small-plates menu includes different takes on regional Mexican food, like the enchiladas potosinos, fried empanadas filled with cheese. They’re awesome - in fact, everything on the menu will be delicious, so just go with it.

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Actually, a “go with it” attitude will help you embrace everything about the menu. You’ll see a dish like Peanut Butter Y Lengua, beef tongue on a bed of a spicy peanut salsa that's absolutely delicious). One of the best things we’ve tried here was an elevated comfort food dish: the espaghetti con crema poblana, or toasted fideo noodles tossed in a poblano sauce with crab and topped with an egg. It’s very rich, but the spicy poblana creme balances it out perfectly. Another fantastic dish is the pork albondigas nogada - pork meatballs in a walnut cream sauce. They do serve some tacos and a steak burrito, and they’re good, but the best move is to stick with more creative dishes. Preparations change all the time, so you want to try them while you can.

Mi Tocaya is a force field of a restaurant that will protect you from whatever might be on your mind. Navigating the menu, eating interesting Mexican food, and hanging out in this fun environment will just make you feel good - no matter what you end up deciding to do with your Powerball winnings.

Food Rundown

Peanut Butter Y Lengua

This dish has tender pieces of beef tongue served with a spicy peanut sauce and pickled onions. The acid from the onions cuts through the funk of the tongue, and the peanut sauce is awesome. Even if tongue gives you the willies, we encourage you to try it here.

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Albondigas

The preparation of this dish changes - sometimes it’s made with a different meat, or another sauce - but when we were there last it was pork meatballs in a rich cream sauce with cranberries and pecans. It was fantastic, and we hope it’s there for you, too

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Espeghetti Con Crema Poblana

This dish has fideo noodles that are fried before being tossed in a poblana cream sauce with crab and an egg. It’s rich and incredible.

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Enchiladas Potosinos

These are made with a fried chili-infused dough, stuffed with cheese, and topped with sour cream. If there’s anything about them that you don’t like, we can’t be friends.

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Guisado De Nopalitos

This is a rich cactus stew topped with burrata. It kind of reminds us of of a vegetarian chili, and the cheese gets all melty and fantastic.

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Mussels Pozoleros

Basically a pozole (a traditional Mexican soup), with mussels. The broth is light, tasty, and full of hominy.

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Fish Con Mole Verde

The particular fish and mole in this dish aren’t always the same, but some variation of it is always on the menu. When we were there, it was perfectly-cooked salmon in an amazing mole verde.

Tacos

We understand why you’d want to get a taco here, but you’re better off trying some of the other items on the menu. If decide to go for it anyway, get the campechano - a spicy blend of pork and beef.

Steak Burrito

A very good burrito, but again, order something more interesting unless you really want a burrito.

Flan De Queso

There are only two desserts on the menu: a flan and a tres leches cake from a bakery in Pilsen. Go with the flan - it’s rich, creamy, and topped with a little cheese and caramel.

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