Subway: Brown to Irving Park(773) 866-9500 brasaroja-elllano.com41.954116 -87.719549 4011 N Elston Ave (at Irving Park Rd) Irving Park, Chicago
Breakfast, lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $11
This small, cheery room is packed with Colombian tchotchkes (as well as a stuffed armadillo hanging on the wall), which gives the place a festive vibe. What is it celebrating? Chicken, and the fact that it turns this blank-slate-of-foods into a dinner that’s plump, juicy, golden, perfectly charred and endlessly flavorful. Tender brisket immersed in mild tomato sauce, crisp fried yuca, and a strip steak with fresh and lively chimichurri grace this menu. But they’re just backup. For once, the lowly chicken is the star of the show.