Restaurants, Mexican Lake View
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Barcocina, the Chicago outpost of a Baltimore Mexican joint, landed in Lakeview with tacos, ceviche and agave cocktails.


Venue name: Barcocina
Address: 2901 N Sheffield Ave
Transport: El stop: Brown to Wellington. Bus: 8, 76.
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The first thing you'll realize is that this place is HUGE! A corner spot with a patio that wraps around it. Bar on the outside with multiple sets of lounge areas with fire pits. On the inside, there is a main bar with sitting around it, and another bar in the back that seems more for private parties. It's a great summer spot because of the flow of the building, it still gives you an outside feel. 

Cocktails are split into three groups-sweet, smoky,and spicy. I first had the grilled pineapple margarita, and actually sent it back...the egg white was just not working for me. Fortunately, the El Gran Jefe was amazing and the rest of my table ended up ordering that. For the food, this is the kind of place you want to go with a group of friends to try a bout of different plates. It is primarily set up tapas style, and the tacos come in sets of three but if you ask your waiter they'll add on tacos for an extra $1-2 which is great for bigger groups. I recommend the Blue crab guac to start, Cochinita potstickers, and yucca tots to share, and then either the szechuan pork  or the Korean short rib tacos to finish.

This place has a ton of potential and I think as the start to wrinkle out some of the staff issues and refine the menu...this will be one of the best summer spots in the city.