Rockit Ranch President, Arturo Gomez, whose family is from Mexico, played a large role in developing the concept. Arturo kindly walked us through the menu when we stopped by on a Friday night. The space is narrow but divided into three separate rooms. The after-work crowd filled up the dive bar and created a lively and energetic atmosphere.
|Chupacabra & Copa de Nada|
|Tequila & Sangrita|
|Tackling Billy's Beerita|
We started out snacking on some mango guacamole which was tasty but could have used a bit more spice. Luckily ¡Ay Chiwowa! offers three homemade sauces, so I was able to add some spice to the guacamole. We also tried the queso fundido topped with crumbled chorizo and served with warm homemade corn tortillas. I loved the gooey chihuahua cheese and made a little quesadilla with the corn tortillas.
|Queso Fundido with Chorizo|
After hearing great things about the bread on the tortas, we tried the chicken version. This savory sandwich was by far the best food item of the night because of the juicy chicken coated in adobo seasoning. The bread was perfectly crispy on the outside and doughy in the middle. I thought it was interesting they topped the sandwich with refried beans, but I totally dug it. Definitely a must-try.
Overall, ¡Ay Chiwowa! was a great place to kick back with a few cocktails while noshing on tasty tortas and tacos. The prices are a bit steep for the size of the menu items, but hey, it's River North. I definitely recommend heading over for one of their kegged cocktails or grabbing a late night bite after hitting their dance floor that's open until 4 am! ¡Ay Chiwowa! gets 3.5 stars for their funky dive bar atmosphere, killer cocktails and knowledgeable servers.
311 W. Chicago Ave.