Chicago has seen plenty of new Mexican restaurants open their doors this year, but Mi Tocaya is one to watch. The tacos are the main attraction, including the meat lover’s spicy Campechano stuffed with al pastor, chorizo and carne asada, garnished with salsa and a squeeze of lime. Purists will enjoy the al pastor taco, which is sprinkled with onions, cilantro and salsa verde. Pair your order with a margarita with reposado tequila—it’s smooth and limey without the harsh tequila bite, making it an easy summer sipper. But perhaps the best part is the concept’s open kitchen, where you’ll catch chef Diana Davila commanding the room and crafting unique regional specialties. And hey, the cozy outdoor patio doesn’t hurt either.
From an elevated Mexican restaurant to a sky-high cocktail den, 2017 is really bringing its A game to Chicago's restaurant and bar scene. But there are a few spots that we just can't get enough of. Here are the top newcomers we've seen so far.