Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Chicago(312) 302-9977 zocalochicago.com41.893214 -87.638248 358 W Ontario St (between Orleans and Kingsbury Sts) River North, Chicago
Lunch (Mon–Fri), dinnerAverage main course: $17
There’s a lot to choose from on the menu at this after-work spot, which owners Edgar and Marcos Castañeda very much want to be different from their family’s chain of Mexican spots, Lalo’s. Make a meal out of starters like a trio of sprightly ceviches; a duo of tamales, one stuffed with fiery strips of jalapeño; and fish tacos that join grilled tilapia with crunchy pickled onions. Save room for stellar margaritas, or skip the food and come just for those.