Wednesday, August 6

Mexican & Margs in River North!

A few weeks ago during the World Cup, my friend Sara and I checked out a few games while chowing down on Mexican grub at the River North location of Moe's Cantina. Lucky for us, we were there on a weekend and they were serving both brunch and lunch with endless options for filling our bellies.

We tried some special items for the World Cup including pachuco which essentially are the Mexican version of a spring roll with ground beef and potatoes. These were surprisingly not greasy, but lacked overall flavor, unfortunately.

Pachuco
A trip to Moe's isn't complete without some tequila so we tried the Holy Water Margarita with Patron Silver, agave nectar, lime juice, and a black lava sea salt rim. We loved this marg because it was super fresh and not overly sweet.

Holy Water Margarita
We also tried a classic mojito which was loaded with fresh mint and a healthy portion of rum :) The passion fruit sangria was definitely the most interesting drink we tried because it arrived topped with a jalapeno pepper filled with tequila (I let Sara take one for the team). The sangria featured Lunazal reposado, habanero-infused syrup, passion fruit puree, pinot grigio, and a ground chili pepper rim.
 
Mojito
Passion Fruit Sangria
One of Moe's brunch options is the chorizo breakfast burrito. This is definitely an entree for those with a large appetite! The chorizo was nicely seasoned and the burrito was also stuffed with eggs, chihuahua cheese, avocado and jalapenos. Mexican rice and a side of potatoes and veggies rounded out the dish. I'm guessing this bad boy would cure any hangover!

Chorizo Breakfast Burrito
The World Cup menu also included Mexican torta sandwiches which were large enough to feed several people. We tried the chicken torta with breaded chicken, lettuce, tomato, and a creamy sauce. I liked the bread and the fresh, layered, ingredients.

Chicken Torta
Other food highlights included fish tacos with mango salsa, jalapeno slaw, and cilantro, as well as mini sopes filled with chicken, pork, and veggies.

Fish Tacos
Mini Sopes
In addition to traditional Mexican fare, Moe's also specializes in mesquite-grilled skewers. We tried the paprika and olive oil-glazed chicken breast and both agreed this was one of the highlights of our meal.

Chicken Skewer
Since I always made room for dessert (even though we were extremely full) we tried some churros and ice cream. The churros were perfectly crispy and topped with caramel sauce, and the vanilla ice cream made for a great pairing. It was a sweet end to our indulgent afternoon.

Churros and Ice Cream
Moe's is a great spot for watching sports and getting your Mexican food fix--just make sure you save room for those churros!

Note: my meal at Moe's Cantina was complimentary; however, opinions expressed herein are my own.

Moe's Cantina
www.moescantina.com
155 W. Kinzie St.
Chicago, IL 60654
312.245.2000
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