Mexican food and sports make a great combination, from the communal power of the nachos, to the prodigious power Prince Fielder gets from not sharing his. Power yourself through football season, at Patron's Hacienda.
From a pair of dudes who honed their restauranting skills in such far-flung locales as Mexico City and the western suburbs, Patron's 200 seats are split between a dining room decked in Mexican swag and a sports cantina outfitted with 18 55" flatscreens that'll be repping sporting events from all over the world, which is great since pro basketball fans will need to follow the Turkish/ Chinese/ Israeli/ Russian leagues this season.
Start off with snackage like quesadillas stuffed with achiote-marinated chicken, elotitos (corn cobs split in two and slathered in mayo, queso cotija, and chili powder), and housemade-chorizo-infused queso fundido, which is way better than queso boringdido, aka all of her cheesy songs that weren't duets with Eminem.
Entree highlights, meanwhile, include tamarind-sauced roast chicken, jumbo shrimp swimming in Veracruzana salsa, and bone-in rib eyes that've been soaked in a family recipe marinade that's top-secret, a shame since it might hold the answer to the riddle of how Val Kilmer got so fat.
Booze-wise they're naturally big on tequila -- 56 varieties to be exact -- all available in custom flights, something Prince Fielder will become accustomed to booking if he doesn't lay off the nacho platters.
Published: September 20, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
316 W Erie St
Chicago, IL 60654
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