Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Armitage(773) 929-1414 caseymorans.com/twisted/home.asp41.917917 -87.653553 1964 N Sheffield Ave (between Armitage and Maud Aves) Lincoln Park, Chicago
Sun–Thu 11am–10pm; Fri, Sat 11am–midnightAverage cocktail: $6
Nothing’s better than kickin’ back at this spot with a potent pitcher of margaritas and baskets of thick chips and homemade salsa. If it weren’t for the big, fat Starbucks sign next door, you might even think you were in a roadside cantina in the Mexican outback. Think tender, flame-grilled steak fajitas, with piles of warm tortillas and a stack of limes; Baja-style beer-battered fish tacos, with tangy chipotle–sour cream sauce; and sides of firm black beans and chewy Mexican rice, peppered with little bits of veggies. After a few too many of those tasty margaritas or ice-cold Bohemias, that adjacent coffee chain might come in handy.