Service and ambience are warm at this easygoing BYOB spot, which is helmed by Rick Bayless protégé Anselmo Ramirez. Start with a salad featuring octopus, crunchy jicama and green beans in fiery pasilla dressing and roasted chicken with avocado cream over tender masa picaditas. Then move on to Ramirez’s specialty: complex slow-simmered moles paired with a roster of wood-grilled proteins including chicken and pork loin.
Whether you're looking for a spot with small plates and wine, quality Italian eats with a steakhouse feel or top-notch Thai food, Irving Park has a few restaurants up its sleeve. Sound expensive? There's also a bounty of cheap eats, from tacos to hot dogs.
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