Holy mole! For fans of mole sauces, there is no
better place in Chicago to treat your family to an authentic
Mexican experience than Mixteco Grill, a BYOB establishment on the
northside, where in-the-know foodies go for Mexican and quickly
become repeat customers.
Located at the corner of Montrose and Ashland, passersby
might be fooled. The unpretentious façade gives no hint of what
lies within: inventive, gourmet entrees that change with the
season. Dishes like wood-grilled rack of lamb served in oaxacan
black mole with garlic-mashed potatoes; mahi-mahi in a rustic salsa
of roasted tomatoes, onions, and peppers; slow-roasted pork
marinated with achiote and sour orange juice; and succulent duck
breast complemented with a mole poblano and white rice, garnished
with chopped cilantro, peanuts and sesame seeds. Even the chicken
breast-bathed in a guerrero green mole and paired with garlic
roasted potatoes and garnished with sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and
chopped cilantro-is rave-worthy.
But don't skip right to the entrée. As a starter, enjoy
the delicate, freshly made tortillas filled with chunks of spicy
avocado, the gazpacho accompanied by grilled corn or the
delightfully light grilled calamari salad. And don't limit your
visit to only dinner. Brunch on the weekend brings eggs that never
tasted so good: try them scrambled with tortilla strips surrounded
by grilled shrimp, served with black beans in a spicy tomato sauce
and sprinkled with cheese.
Is all of this too much for a kid's palate to handle?
Perhaps. In which case the little ones will appreciate the more
simple cheese and chicken quesadillas with black beans and rice
piled high into a fun pyramid shape.
Last but not least, don't get your bill until you've
ordered at least one delicious dessert like the almond cake soaked
in tres leches and topped with pineapple
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