Irazú

Restaurants, Latin American Bucktown
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Irazú
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A Chifrijo appetizer at Irazu restaurant in Chicago.

Never tried Costa Rican food? This spot is simple, authentic, cheap, supercasual and friendly—just what the doctor ordered. Start with the hearts of palm salad—tangy stalks on a bed of shredded cabbage tossed in a lime vinaigrette, along with radishes, cilantro, cucumber, pickled beets and ripe avocado. Make it a meal by adding the steak-and-beans “pepito” sandwich and sweet plantains. Bring a bottle of malbec to match, and end the meal with an oatmeal shake (sounds strange, tastes great).

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Venue name: Irazú
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Address: 1865 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago
60647
Cross street: at Oakley Ave
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-9:30pm
Transport: El stop: Blue to Western. Bus: 49, 56, 73.
Price: Average main course: $14
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tastemaker

Stopped by here last Friday for lunch and treated myself to some empanadas, sweet plaintains, and a pepito sandwich. We sat by the window, listening to salsa music, enjoying the breeze and the sunshine and feeling as though we'd escaped Chicago and were sitting in Costa Rica at that exact moment. All that was missing was the beach! The food is all fresh, the service is quick, and they have really amazing smoothies if you are just looking for a summer treat. But those plaintains - thats what i live for. SO GOOD.

tastemaker

Still waiting to sit outside, and maybe that's why I don't give 5 stars... Incredible food. Go for the Guy Fieri special. I'm not a fan of that annoying, white trash menace, but damn do I trust his appetite. Chifrito appetizer (bomb), skirt steak sandwich (more bomb), and oatmeal shake for dessert (most bomb). Also, BYOB! The lizano sauce has a great kick - wish I knew how to make it or could buy it to go! 


Cramped dining room, unfortunately. Also, crying children. Wait times, not ideal, and the wait to sit can become a chore... Def will be back for the food and hopefully can sit outside! 

tastemaker

I've heard so much about Irazu, I guess I expected it to be different somehow. It is very discreet. We sat outside and i never ventured in so perhaps it was different inside. I take it from my experience, you don't go for the atmosphere, you go for the food and lots and lots of people do.

We got there at 6pm with a party of six adults and two kids. We were seated right away; which was awesome considering they don't take reservations. BYOB, and we did. Please and thank you. Our server was outstanding, making recommendations, being patient, and taking our food allergies into consideration.

I had the oatmeal shake everyone raves about and I am hooked. It's been a week and I've tried replicating it at home four times. I'm close, but not quite there so I guess I'll have to go back to Irazu to make sure I'm not missing something.

We had a shared appetizer the chifrijo. It was alright. I wasn't blown away. My entree was the pepito sandwich with hot peppers and it was excellent. The meat was seasoned perfectly, great amount of heat and the bread it was on was the best part for me!

Cash only, yikes...good to know ahead of time. I'd go back for sure, cash and wine bottle in hand!


Authentic, simple and delicious Costa Rican food and establishment that's been around for many, many years.


Love this place in the summer. ALLLLL about the huge plates of veggies and accoutrements. And you can't beat BYOB!

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Guy Fieri and I can agree on one thing: The food at this Coasta Rican restaurant in Bucktown is "off the hook." Bring your vegetarian friends (there are plenty of veggie-friendly options) and a six pack or some wine and take a seat on the patio. The rib eye steak here is excellent, but if you don't think you can scarf down an entire dinner platter, just opt for the Pepito sandwich, a more manageable dish that is doused in delicious Lizano sauce. Save room for an oatmeal milkshake—they're like breakfast for dessert.