|Traditional and Passion-Mango Guava Margaritas|
For my birthday dinner with the BF, we headed to a Mexican restaurant I had heard many great reviews about, Zocalo. We enjoyed a late Friday night dinner indoors, so we could enjoy the live band's music. I was a bit nervous at first because the restaurant was quite empty, but then I remembered it was Lollapalooza weekend!
The margaritas came heavily recommended so we each decided to give them a try. I opted for the guava and passion-mango varieties, while the BF went with the traditional Zocalo margarita. All flavors were deliciously refreshing, and not a bit too sweet.
|Trio de Guacamole|
A Mexican dinner isn't complete without a helping of fresh guacamole, so we ordered Zocalo's version: a trio of three different types. The trio de guacamole included a traditional variety served with tortilla chips, a spicy variety with red jalapeno salsa and malanga chips (similar to a sweet potato) and finally, a fruit variety featuring papaya, mango, habanero and walnuts and served with plantain chips! Our favorite was definitely the fruit guacamole as the sweet fruit flavors were complemented by the spiciness of the habanero. The heaping portions of guacamole and the amazing flavor combinations make this is a must-try appetizer!
|Zocalo Margarita and Trio de Guacamole|
Although we were stuffed from the guacamole platter and fruity margaritas, we pushed forth into our main dishes. I thought the tacos en cazuela sounded amazing as you could select three different meats to make your own tacos. I chose the barbacoa, chicken and pulled pork. The tacos arrived deconstructed with each stewed meat in its own individual bowl, along with a trio of salsa, black beans and homemade corn tortillas. The barbacoa was by far my favorite, but all three were extremely flavorful, especially with the fresh salsas. The tender strips of meat made these some of the best tacos I've ever head (eat your heart out Big Star!).
|Tacos en Cazuela|
|Rompope Tres Leche|
|Rompope Tres Leche|
358 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60654