3/20/2012 01:12:00 PM

Chicago's 5 Best Mexican Restaurants

Have you heard? It's Mexican Week here at Zagat. First order of business - taking a look at the city's best spots for digging into fiery, fresh plates of tacos, enchiladas and more. Click through the slideshow to see who's on top, as determined by surveyors' votes, and be sure to let us know what you think of the list.

10 comments :

  1. Surprise, surprise, none of them are on the south side where the Mexicans eat.... It's almost like some advertising executive voted for them or something....

    "I don't always eat Mexican food, but when I do, I do it while multitasking with clients and jumping out of a plane. Stay hungry, Gringo, stay hungry."

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  2. Topolobampo and Frontera Grill have long been our favorites.

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  3. While i have ate at Frontera Grill which is great. I also have been to Cafe 28 and Salpicón which are very good, there are also many as good or better. The reviewers should get a map, the City of Chicago does go south of downtown. Its amazing how food review are for up north yet none south of the loop.

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    1. Frontera Grill is indeed a great Mexican restaurant! Their dishes are almost comparable to those local and authentic Mexican dishes. However, there are certainly some better ones that the list has left out. Salpicón is overrated though in my opinion. Anyway, it's a solid list to me :)

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  4. You have misspelled the name of Mixteco Grill on Montrose. Please correct ASAP.

    Also, to Gringo Mexicano, I am assuming that you are not aware that there is an enormous Mexican population on the far North Side, primarily from the Michoacan area. File this for future use.

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  5. There are a lot of great places on the south side to get a taco or burrito or other casual options, but upscale authentic cuisine from different regions of Mexico is harder to find down here, perhaps largely because if you put a restaurant on the south side you're probably only going to get visitors from the south side, but put it farther north and you'll get visitors from all over the city and suburbs.

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  6. Have to start thinking about what "best" means.

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  7. The real question is have you ever been to Mexico or Cuba and eaten truly authentic upscale food there? If so then you know that the selections are good without regard to where in the city they happen to be located.

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  8. Mexique on Chicago, just East of Ashland is a must for French/Mex. Connoisserus International had a dinner there in 2009 that was over the top.

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