When you open a Mexican restaurant in Logan Square, it's really important that you stand out. The same can be said of opening a Mexican joint anywhere in town, considering how blessed we are with them, but this goes double for spots with a high Latino population. Given that a few very popular Mexican eateries are right down the street, within half a mile, Ojo has its work cut out for it, but thankfully offers a few interesting options.
Now in the space occupied by the former Think Cafe, Ojo is a taqueria more than a sit-down restaurant. Portions are immense: Tortas are almost heavy in their bags, and tacos are filled to overflowing with fillings. Much of the food is offered both in the traditional, truly Mexican fashion of onion and cilantro only, and in the Americanized, smother it with dairy approach of cream cheese, shredded cheese and avocado.
There are a few shakes here, featuring fruity flavors like banana, mango, papaya and coconut. Dinners are available as well, and Ojo doesn't skimp on the rice and beans either. Prices are fairly reasonable, and here, too, the sizes are excellent, creating fantastic value for what you're getting.
For now, Ojo is BYOB, and is open till midnight most nights.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Bill Burman