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Blue Agave

View Map1050 N. State St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 335-8900
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This place may as well have a giant sombrero crowning it; the decor at Blue Agave is nothing if not Mexican-themed kitsch. Be prepared for papier-mache toucans, Mexican flags and banners and Jose Cuervo's name in lights. Literally. The only thing missing is music from South of the Border: Invest some quarters in the jukebox and you'll be boogeying to classic rock or hip-hop tunes.

When you're ready to relax, a long, U-shaped bar occupies the main floor, and a balcony-like dining area offers cushy booths above. When summer rolls around, ample outdoor seating lets you people-watch while you crunch nacho chips (or burritos, enchiladas, flautas and quesadillas.)

Though the menu boasts some interesting options like the chicken Oaxaca (baked in a paper bag and smothered with mushrooms and a spicy red sauce) some patrons find Blue Agave's food to be overly spiced and underwhelming tasty. Salvation lies in the margarita that has people waxing (well, slurring) poetic. Pick your poison from the bar's dozen-strong variety of tequilas and the bartender will add fresh lemon and lime juice and a dash of orange liqueur. Or, if you can't settle on one tequila, try shots of a few. Just check yourself before you start shouting "Ole."

Average cost: $10-$20

Centerstage Reviewer: Jennifer Berg

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11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday;

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Sunday Sippin', 4/28/08
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