Only a few months after opening, Ixcateco Grill – located at 3402 W. Montrose in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood – has become one of the hottest spots to experience world-class, authentic southern Mexican cuisine. Chef/Owner Anselmo Ramirez has created an intimate, casual restaurant with some superb renditions of the dishes from the regions surrounding his hometown of Guerrero, Mexico.
I have maintained for many years that I simply do not like Mexican food. My exposure to “south of the border” cuisine has always been that unappetizing combination labeled “Tex Mex.” In my mind, that was obviously what all Mexican food must be like. Luckily, some persistent friends here in the Chicagoland area finally convinced
Sometimes my most intriguing restaurant finds are based on totally random experiences. Recently I was asked to attend a special event in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. I arrived in the area over an hour early, so I decided to park and just take a walk to check out the West Randolph Street area. I had
There is probably not a single native of the USA who grew up in the 1970s who isn’t familiar with Schoolhouse Rock and the wonderful educational, musical cartoons. One of my favorite parts of the series was America Rocks. How many of us can still sing the Preamble to the Constitution? To this day, that’s how
After 18 years in business, many restaurants would simply rest on their laurels and keep things unchanged. Luckily for fans of excellent Italian cuisine, Mario’s is not one of those restaurants. Opened in March of 1995, Mario’s has been a staple in Chicago for the last 18 years, offering diners the chance to enjoy authentic
Tapas are generally associated with Spain – small portions of food that are often served with wine or beer and are meant to be shared. Tapas, however, make a nearly perfect single dining experience. The small plates allow the intrepid solo diner to sample many things in one sitting. I have long been a fan
Chicago is a city about food. New restaurants seem to pop up every day in some part of the city, and still more seem to disappear suddenly. Only a very few can boast of great longevity, and among those one of the best is MK Restaurant. Chef Michael Kornick and his wife Lisa Koch Kornick
Greetings! Due to unforseen circumstances my blog was deleted. All of it. All. 🙁 I have, however, found a backup and will be rebuilding it as quickly as possible. Please be patient as I attempt to recreate my online life from the past four years. I will be posting new solo dining blogs soon,