At Cruz Blanca’s Taquería, you'll choose from half-cured flank tasajo, red chile pork cecina, chorizo, chicken or portobello taqueros, piling them all on a big beer tray with accompaniments of wood-grilled knob onions and peppers, smoky Oaxacan pasilla salsa, avocado salsa, crunchy pico de gallo, grilled nopal cactus and limey cucumbers. Not into tacos? They offer Oaxcan-style tlayudas—giant, shareable tostadas with black bean spread, cheese, grilled knob onions, güero chile, green salsa and your choice of wood-grilled protein—and encamaronadas, a cheesy shrimp quesadilla with pico de gallo. Cruz Blanca also makes new world interpretations of classic German, Austrian and French styles of beer. So look for German pilsners and Vienna lagers, German Berliner Weisse, wiessbier, lactic acidic beers and French style Bieres de Garde, as well as a few contemporary American styles utilizing traditional Mexican and locally–sourced ingredients.
|Venue name:||Cruz Blanca Cerveceria|
904 West Randolph Street
|Cross street:||between North Peoria Street and North Sangamon Street|
|Opening hours:||Tues-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12pm, Sun 11am-9pm|
|Transport:||El: Green, Pink to Morgan. Bus: 8.|
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Average User Rating
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So many restaurants have been started with the business plan of "it's just like Chipotle" that it's effectively it's own genre nowadays. Cruz Blanca is different… it REALLY IS a better Chipotle! Similar menu, but $12 instead of $8 and over a wood fire. It seems to be the only place on Randolph street that I've been able to duck into last minute with friends WITHOUT waiting outside like a hipster for half an hour. While they're trying to get known for their admittedly good brews, I'd suggest one of their two mescal cocktails… an old fashioned and a margarita. The tacos are a great take on street tacos, with most of the flavor coming from Bayless's classic flavor profile of smokey meat, vinegar, pepper, lime, onion.
It's a great place to get upscale food without the "plan two days ahead for a burger" inconvenience that has become standard for many Randolph street locations.
Amy's Allergy Alerts
Wherever we go we like to check for the restaurant's ability to accommodate Gluten Free and Dairy Free. I'm happy to report that Cruz Blanca gets a perfect score for allergy awareness, preparedness, and avoidance of cross contamination! All of the food is prepared gluten free and dairy free… the only real gluten in the whole place is the beer, which is prepared far enough away to avoid any spills. In fact, the two main "bar" areas are completely removed from the food preparation area, further reducing chances of problems.
All in all, Cruz Blanca is now a top pick for Allergy Free dining! If you're with friends, want to get a quick hip bite and a drink, feel free to finally have a place that you can go without preplanning and without worry!