Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Merchandise Mart; Red to Grand; Blue, Green, Pink, Orange to Clark/Lake(312) 329-9555 mercaditorestaurants.com41.889430 -87.631597 108 W Kinzie St (between Clark St and LaSalle Dr) River North, Chicago
Brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch (Mon–Fri), dinnerAverage main course: $15
After opening three NYC locations, this late-night taco-and-tequila parlor has entered the Chicago market. The tacos are original—carnitas tacos come with cool coleslaw and rich peanuts; crispy estilo Baja tacos come with an aioli spicy enough to make you sweat—but the rest of the wares (including the much-hyped cocktails) are inconsistent. Still, taste chef Patricio Sandoval’s flans and you’ll be convinced that this place has something going for it.