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CGC Mar 25, 2008 12:54 PM

hey guys i'm looking for a quick rec on a good mexican place with stellar margaritas for tonight. i live near Belmont and Ashland and am a huge fan of Agave's mararitas and cuisine but want something a little less pricey within a couple mile of me.

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    amoncada Mar 25, 2008 01:18 PM

    Fernando's on Lincoln Avenue just north of Roscoe has decent Mexican food and some pretty tasty margaritas! The Mexican Chicken soup is outstanding! The fajitas and carne asada are pretty good too. The food is far superior to it's sister restaurant in the Viagra triangle/Blue Agave.

    Also try Taberna Tapatio on Ashland & Roscoe. Decent small plates Mexican and decent margaritas. I like the mini sopes, tamales, garlic shrimp, and more.

    Ooops! scratch Platiyo off of my list...it's now closed. Hmm, I wonder what's going in it's place?

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      nsxtasy Mar 25, 2008 02:25 PM

      I thought Platiyo closed a while ago... no?

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        CGC Mar 25, 2008 04:17 PM

        Thanks and FYI the old Platiyo is going to be Shochu, a japanese inspired place from the folks at Deleece.

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          turkob Mar 26, 2008 09:58 AM

          I second El Tapatio. I've enjoyed everything I've had on the menu, and it's cheap. Good margaritas too!
          3400 N Ashland (at the intersection of Ashland and Roscoe)

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            amoncada Mar 26, 2008 09:44 PM

            Actually, I was referring to the small plates bar accross the street on the same side of Ashland. It's called Taberna Tapatio owned by the same family as El Tapatio. I prefer Taberna Tapatio.

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              turkob Mar 27, 2008 07:25 AM

              I passed in front of it today and realized that I had confused the two. Never been to Taberna, it always struck me more like a night club atmosphere. Maybe I'll have to stop in and check it out.

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          SuzMiCo Mar 25, 2008 01:33 PM

          Adobo Grill (North and Wells) has great margaritas. I'm not a huge fan of their entrees, but the guac and most of the other appetizers are good.

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            southsideeats Mar 26, 2008 08:23 PM

            A little off the beaten path is a fantastic mexican place called Maiz in Humbolt Park. Absolutely stellar food. Very very fresh. It was described to me as Mexico City style. Most importantly, they have the best margaritas I've had in the city (next to Frontera/Topolobamba). Strong, without the 'mix' feel of a lot of the margaritas I've had here in the city. Highly recommended.

            Best of luck,

            southside eats

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              amoncada Mar 26, 2008 09:45 PM

              The owners of Maiz are opening a new "TO GO" place called Tamalii at 2459 W. Armitage, any day now.

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                CGC Mar 27, 2008 07:21 AM

                That's cool news. I will be checking out both this weekend. Does Maiz have any seafood on the menu?

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