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La Ciudad

Critics' pick

A Mexican restaurant is one thing. A Mexico City restaurant is, as this place demonstrates, another. La Ciudad's dining room is slicker than most Mexican spots at this price point, and the menu leans slightly to De Fed specialties (for instance, quesadillas are fried and empanadaish, true to Mexico City style). Housemade salsas and moles make plates like an otherwise commonplace enchilada platter pop; same goes for the steak sopes, made with masa that is ground in-house. But the real difference at this restaurant is the crowd, a fun-loving mix of loyalists that BYO a lot of B.

Venue name: La Ciudad
Address: 4515 N Sheridan Rd

Cross street: between Sunnyside and Windsor Aves
Venue phone: 773-728-2887
Website: http://chicagomexicangrill.com
Transport: El stop: Red to Wilson. Bus: 36, 78, 145, 148.
Price: Average main course: $12
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