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Thoughts about Fonda Del Mar and/or Carnivale?

DKS1 Aug 23, 2006 09:23 PM

Hello! Contemplating one of these two restaurants for this week... Anyone been to both or either? Thoughts? Thanks!

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    shindels Aug 23, 2006 10:08 PM

    I think Fonda is the best Mexican food in Chicago, hands down. In fact, we went to Fonda after returning from Mexico this winter, and had a better meal there than we'd had all week. FYI, It's crowded on the weekends, and make sure you BYOB.


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      Bigmamma Aug 24, 2006 01:36 AM

      We've been to Carnivale twice in the last few months. Everything that we have eaten has been delicious. I highly recommend it---especially the rum-glazed pork dish, the braised beef appetizer and the shrimp ceviche. It has become one of our favorite restaurants. The restaurant is beautiful.

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        Basia Aug 24, 2006 02:57 AM

        I recommend trying Carnivale at least once, if not for the food, then at least for the overall experience/ambiance/hype/decor. It's like none I've experienced in Chicago -- just beautiful with colors that stimulate the palate. Food is with a twist and make sure to try the delicious mojitos. This is a place that I can't wait to revisit, although depending on your crowd, it is not the intimate of places.

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          amoncada Aug 24, 2006 05:02 PM

          Our entire group thought that Fonda Del Mar was mediocre and expensive for the area. It was only a few months since it opened though. I'll give it another chance.

          Definitely try Carnivale.

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            ljero Aug 24, 2006 05:22 PM

            I have been to both spots. Carnivale is a typical Kleiner restuarant in terms of its decor. It is a huge venue that feels more intimate with different rooms to sit in. Margaritas are good. Food is a bit overrated and on the expensive side. Finda is small--expect a wait. Food is decent here--better than Carnivale I think and I like the smaller space better, although tables are close together. Depends on what youa re up for--Carnivale is much trendier--better for people watching.

            1. Chargenda Aug 24, 2006 07:55 PM

              I vote for Carnivale as well. Just have been there once, but it was a great time. Good food, wonderful ambiance, and decent service. Just a lot of "wow" factor when you walk into the place.

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