Sit down with Chef and Owner Carlos Gaytan in his Noble Square Restaurant, Mexique. Having a Michelin Starred restaurant is not easy. It’s always that people come here with great expectations, so I like to come to the tables and check how’s everything. [Make sure] they’re happy with the food, they’re happy with the service.…

Chef de Cuisine Andres Padilla introduces us to Topolobampo in Chicago’s River North. “Topolobampo is contemporary, elegant, authentic, and fun. Offers Mexican cuisine like you’ve never seen before. Topolobampo’s dishes are organized under 8 categories. Guests choose from these categories to create their own three-, five- or seven-course tasting menus. A fourth option, The Perfect…

Mercadito is a traditional Mexican food restaurant with a vibrant atmosphere, a great cocktail program, great traditional Mexican food. The way I portray Mexican food is through guacamole, ceviches, and tacos. To me that’s the most traditional food as far as Mexican food…it’s also a place where you can come in and hangout and stay…

Authentic Mexican restaurant in Chicago’s South Loop near Soldier Field and McCormick Place. La Cantina is a South Loop neighborhood favorite restaurant serving high quality traditional Mexican food since 2006. La Cantina has a full-service bar fresh and inventive margaritas, an assortment of craft and Mexican beers served with genuine hospitality. Some of La Cantina’s…

Pancho Pistolas is a family-run Mexican restaurant with one goal in mind: To bring Mom’s homestyle cooking and recipes to Bridgeport. It all started in 1997, when this lovely corner restaurant got new owners, gorgeous hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and a new chef from Jalisco in the kitchen. Since then, Pancho Pistolas has been serving…

Chef and Owner Otoniel Michel takes us on a tour of his eclectic, Logan Square restaurant.  “Estrella Negra is a very unique restaurant. We have lots of creativity, from the food, to the walls, to the tables. Our food is traditional Mexican with a gourmet street style twist. Everything is made fresh, in house and we…

Since 1995, Chef Priscila Satkoff at Salpicón has been satisfying devotees of her classic and contemporary Mexican cuisine. Michelin® Guide calls her “this town’s unsung hero of contemporary Mexican cuisine”.  Her food is paired with her husband Vincent’s award-winning wine list and extensive list of 100% agave Tequilas.  Let Wanda Cole, a CMS Advanced Sommelier,…

Sous Chef, Carlo Núñez, introduces us to Takito Kitchen’s take on modern Mexican small plates. “Takito Kitchen features Mexican-inspired cuisine created by Executive Chef/Partner David Dworshak. Our food is seasonal and will support local farmers and producers. Our main focus of artisanal tacos lends itself to endless possibilities of ingredients, accompaniments and salsas. Aside from…

Executive Chef Natalie Oswald brings modern Mexican cuisine to this Lakeview BYOB. “Chilam Balam is modern Mexican small plates restaurant meant for community sharing. It’s really cool because it’s in a basement, it’s kind of like an underground dinner club. We’re not strictly traditional Mexican, we’re more modern Mexican as well as using local ingredients.…

Chef’s Corner | Carlos Gaytan “I’ve been in the kitchen a very long time, since I was 14, working in Mexico with my mother to help support the family…sometimes we didn’t have money to buy ingredients so we would go out into the field. I really enjoy putting smiles on people’s faces, just from cooking.…

Maria Rodriguez treats us to some traditional entrées and some new vegan favorites, at her Lakeview restaurant. “El Nuevo Mexicano was opened by my Uncle and Aunt in 1983 as a traditional Mexican restaurant and over the years we’ve developed a menu that has fresh fish, seafood, and now we’re offering a lot of vegan…

Managing Owner, Israel Sanchez, gives us a tour of this busy Lakeview spot. “Cesar’s is a family restaurant that’s been around for 23 years and this particular location has been around 12 years. Our menu consists of various recipes that have been carried on through generations. We pride ourselves in many of our dishes being…