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bethann Jan 26, 2007 08:18 AM

I just moved to Chicago and am looking for good ceviche, preferably on the North side or downtown. Any recommendations?


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  1. jpschust RE: bethann Jan 26, 2007 08:46 AM

    The ceviche we had at Topolobampo downtown was absolutely fantastic. This was just under a month ago.

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      amoncada RE: bethann Jan 26, 2007 08:56 AM

      I was pleasantly surprised by my meal at Platiyo (on Clark Street in Wrigleyville) the other night. The atmoshphere was festive and everything I ordered was quite tasty, including the Ceviche...and great margaritas!

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        Gypsy Boy RE: bethann Jan 26, 2007 09:08 AM

        I had an absolutely knock-out marlin ceviche from Geno Bahena (of the late Ixcapuzalco and Chilpancingo) at a benefit for the Greater Chicago Food Depository about two months ago. I don't know if it's on the menu at his new place, Tepatulco, but if so, I'd stand in line any time. It may have been the best ceviche I've ever had.

        Good luck.

        2558 N. Halsted St

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          Helper Monkey RE: Gypsy Boy Jan 29, 2007 07:09 AM

          Went to Tepatulco this weekend and the ceviche was mediocre. It had more tomatoes, avocados and olives than it did fish! In fact, the fish was barely discernible.

        2. leek RE: bethann Jan 29, 2007 05:04 AM

          We've enjoyed the ceviche at Rios d' Sudamerica

          2010 W. Armitage Ave.

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            amoncada RE: leek Jan 29, 2007 11:23 AM

            What's the story with Rios d' Sudamerica? They took forever to get it together. How's the atmosphere, food, price point, etc?

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              leek RE: amoncada Jan 30, 2007 07:27 AM

              It's fine. I'm not sure I'd be so thrilled with it if it weren't BYO :) The price point is comparable to to other area restaurants (Bouchon, Matou, LaGuardia). I don't like that they have TVs at the bar, I find it distracting. It's a white tablecloth place, what's with the TVs? Food is good, service seems fine. Go, try it :)

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                amoncada RE: leek Jan 30, 2007 09:43 AM

                Thanks for the report. My office is on Armitage nearby so I'll have to give it a shot.

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            NDJ RE: bethann Jan 29, 2007 10:37 AM

            Ceviche's at SushiSamba Rio are outstanding. In fact, it's the only thing on their menu that I think is outstanding. They usually have 4 varieties, plus 4 "ceviche-like" offerings that are more like dressed sashimi. All tasty.

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              Gypsy Boy RE: bethann Jan 29, 2007 11:01 AM

              That's very disappointing. I am truly sorry to hear it; guess a visit to the source is in order to find out what's up. Thanks for the report! (and for taking one for the team.)

              1. TonyC RE: bethann Jan 30, 2007 10:37 AM

                Delacosta. to see and be seen at the ceviche bar... where the women drink overpriced bottles of "Bitch". "THE" ceviche restaurant in the city right now.

                465 E Illinois
                Chicago, IL, 60611
                (312) 321-8930

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                  fromagefan72 RE: TonyC Mar 8, 2007 09:31 AM

                  DeLaCosta's ceviche is awesome--the only reason I'd go back there would be to sit at the ceviche bar, where the service is very friendly and personal (I think the chef's name is Pedro), and they're obviously having lots of fun. A bit pricey, but worth it.

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                    hemingwayscat RE: TonyC Mar 11, 2007 07:38 PM

                    The Fire-and-Ice ceviche there is very good.

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                    EDL RE: bethann Jan 30, 2007 01:44 PM

                    I second the ceviche/ceviche-like offerings at SushiSambaRio--I once had a yellowtail ceviche appetizer there that was divine!

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                      bethann RE: bethann Jan 31, 2007 08:32 AM

                      Thanks for all the good suggestions/discussion. I'll have to taste around and report back. I had no idea that ceviche had become so scene-y (see: Delacosta).

                      1. cdkatuofc RE: bethann Feb 2, 2007 07:58 PM

                        For authentic Ecuadorian style ceviche like my grandma makes i like La Peña ( 4212 N. Milwaukee Ave). Some of the entrees are iffy but i also highly recommend the llapingachos.
                        its so weird that a food that i used to eat when i was a kid can be so trendy and high class here, like in a lot of spots you guys mentioned. but it's also exciting when creative chefs put the dish in a higher level

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                          BarbaraM48 RE: bethann Mar 12, 2007 06:08 AM

                          Mas. Wicker Park

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