Bus: 50, 66(773) 384-428541.896105 -87.672917 1814 W Chicago Ave (at Wood St) Ukrainian Village, Chicago
Mon–Thu 9am–midnight; Fri–Sun 7am–3amAverage main course: $10
Okay, so it’s no secret that the gratis bowls of salsa you get at Mexican restaurants are partly a ploy to whet your appetite for margaritas. But the fiery pico de gallo at this Ukie Village favorite is so hot it’s ridiculous. If you make the mistake of eating too much, the slushy frozen ’ritas will indeed put the fire out. But so will the avocado in the torpedo-size chorizo burrito, the thick blanket of cheese on those enchiladas and the creamy frijoles you’ll eat alongside tender steak tacos. And if that doesn’t work? Dance it off on the weekends, when the restaurant has live music.