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New Mex on 17th SW? (Cgy)

In between Rustic Sourdough and the newly expanded (and HUUUUGE) Moxies around 17th Ave and 12 St SW is a little yellow house that has been a consignment store for as long as I've lived in Calgary. It closed a month or so ago and crews have been doing major renos since, including building a deck out front, so I suspected this was going to be an eatery of some description.

Today I was getting some deutsche goodies at Rustic and asked the gal at the cash register is she knew what was happening next door--I actually was thinking it was attached to Rustic somehow, maybe a cafe or a German resto- but she said a MEXICAN place.

I don't want to get my hopes up, I don't, there was an overpriced and poor Mex place on 14th that died a few years ago, but I can't help but be intrigued. I'll keep everyone posted- if anybody knows more, please share!

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    1. UPDATE! Met the owner (well, somebody involved with the resto) and here's the poop, or the merda:

      Name: "Los Chillitos"
      Format: Mexican (NOT "Latin," not central American, MEXICAN) casual, and yes kids that means tacos autenticos!
      Opening: mid-August.

      That's all I know for now, but it's promising! I'm more excited than if I were dining at El Bulli!

      1. Hey,

        Do anyone know if this place opened yet? Reviews?

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          1. re: John Manzo

            Still very empty inside it looks like, but the patio is coming together nicely!

            1. re: Pintye

              Walked by a few minutes ago- and wow that patio is packed with tables now. Looks like they're doing work on the kitchen (through the windows on the right side). Shoudln't be too long...

              1. re: John Manzo

                Must have taken alot of work inside though considering what the place looked like before inside when it was the consignment store. The tables outside look nice though, they definitely seem to be cramming the patio full.

                1. re: Pintye

                  Let us all hope that this new restaurant is as awesome as that Mexican place on the corner of Memorial and Kensington.

                      1. re: ChrisA

                        That;s not mex, it's Edmontonian. This new place is actually run by Mexicans, I met some of them.

              1. re: Susanbnyc

                unless they opened this morning, nope. Frustrating as with every opening. Sure looks cloooooooose though.

                1. re: John Manzo

                  Update: Saw some fellas moving equipment in/around today, windows were open so I walked up the steps to their cheery greeting. I asked about opening and they said "30 days."

                  They assured me: Real Mexican. They also plan on having a late-night walk-up side window for late-night walk-up tacos.

                  So, we're looking at mid-October here. Hope it's worth the wait.

                  1. re: John Manzo

                    thanks so much for the update, john! really looking forward to seeing what they have to offer. i sorely miss the abundance of awesome mexican that i grew up with in the states. thank god we have mi tierra (and salt & pepper i suppose, although way overpriced and undersized), but i would love to see a crapload more 'authentic' mex food in the YYC.

                    1. re: nonlinear

                      Calgary is definitely lacking in awesome and authentic mexican places. I'm excited for this place to open. I love the idea of a late-night walk-up window!

                      1. re: chromatic

                        What about El Sombrero? I've never been to Mexico, nor had Mexican food in, say, somewhere like California, so I don't really know what authentic Mexican cuisine tastes like. I really enjoyed El Sombrero though it is a bit pricey (fortunately, my friend and I had a 2 for 1 coupon). Would El Sombrero be considered authentic Mexican?

                        1. re: aktivistin

                          I like it but it's just way too pricey, and it's not a taqueria (not sure if this place will be, of course). I know they have muy caro tacos at Sombrero but it's not the same.

                          1. re: John Manzo

                            Juans on 8th ave downtown is pretty good. Really liked their margaritas.

              2. Update- peered inside today and talked to owner Chase, name will be altered a bit to "Los Chillitos Taco and Tequila House," and they'll be specializing in what Chase calls "street tacos" and I say "ME GUSTA!" to that idea. Interior looks damn near done though they need railing for patio completed. I'd say it will seat around 20, small space, all orangey and it really does look like a little taqueria.

                They're shooting for an opening at the end of this month, now.

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                1. re: John Manzo

                  Wow... great news. Any chances that we can hope to see real Baja style fish tacos?

                    1. re: tex_in_yyc

                      he mentioned al pastor and carnitas- so I'd think fish tacos could be on offer, yes indeed.