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Where does Mi Tocaya chef-owner Diana Dávila hang out in Chicago?

We asked the top chef where she eats and drinks when she’s not working

Morgan Olsen
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Morgan Olsen

Over the last 12 months, Diana Dávila’s name has become synonymous with transformative Mexican cuisine. Mi Tocaya Antojería, her cozy Logan Square eatery, offers refreshingly playful takes on authentic bites like tacos, ceviche and enchiladas. But where does she hang out when she’s not on the clock? The busy Logan Square resident shared her short list of go-to bars and restaurants with us. Here’s what Dávila craves when she’s looking for a quality cocktail, Sunday brunch, delivery and more. 

Where chef Diana Dávila eats and drinks

Favorite newcomer: Split-Rail
  • Restaurants
  • Ukrainian Village

Dávila is currently crushing on chef Zoe Schor’s Split-Rail, which opened in West Town in June. “I had one of the best steaks I’ve had all year at her restaurant,” she says. “The chicken nuggets and dips with bread are delicious as well.”

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Logan Square
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After a long night, Dávila pours herself a glass of Sangrisco; the draft cocktail is a play on sangria and blends pisco, elderflower, grapefruit, fortified wine and strawberry. “Or just straight tequila or mescal—there are so many interesting spirits to try, and they really mellow me out,” she says.

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