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Adobo Grill (Old Town)

View Map1610 N. Wells St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 266-7999
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Think outside the box you've neatly pinned your idea of Mexican cuisine in, because Adobo Grill's authentic Mexican fare goes well beyond the taco (in fact, there is nary a taco in sight at this restaurant). With entrees like pan-seared tilapia marinated in adobo and lomito in mole negro—a grilled pork tenderloin in Oaxacan black mole—you won't miss them, either. If you still find yourself hankering for your old friend the tortilla, don't fret; each entree is served with a warm, homemade batch.

Forget the uber-basic salsa, too, as fresh guac is prepared tableside to your specification: The avocado dip comes mild, medium or spicy; just be confident you can handle the consequences of your decision.

The warm, fuzzy feeling you experience may be a result of the atmosphere—fiery hues of red, yellow and orange radiate from the walls—or your cocktail. Try the Abuelita Loca (otherwise known as "nutty grandma"); everyone's grandma is a little crazy, but this one's more fun than yours because she's made with tequila, amaretto and Abuelita chocolate.

Tequila is the Grill's most plentiful (and popular) liquor as you'll find more than 90 different kinds on the menu. Have it in a margarita, a cocktail or in flights of three, served with a spicy tomato chaser.

Average cost: $10-$20

Centerstage Reviewer: Albrey Nuss

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5:30-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5:30-11:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday

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