Guns N' Roses once sang "I used to love her, but I had tequila". Well, almost, but the point is, tequila is delicious. As Dia de los Muertos approaches, celebrate the Mexican state of Jalisco's gift to the world at this quintet of Chicago agave hotspots.
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Masa Azul Tequila Bona Fides: Over 55 tequilas, which are poured in drinks like the Pablo (coconut! limonada! nutmeg! that's what's in the Pablo, honey) and the classic Mexican Firing Squad. Quick Bite: Aguacate tacos: tempura'd avocado with pickled watermelon radish, cilantro, and serrano.
High Noon Saloon Tequila Bona Fides: 20+ labels are being poured into apéritifs like the Spicy Mango Marg, costing you just $7 and one good Chris Kattan joke. Quick Bite: The High Noon Nachos, topped with honey apple cider braised beef, black beans, cheddar, jack, pico, sour cream, and jalapenos.
Del Toro Tequila Bona Fides: Over 50, including special reserves, plus plenty of margs spiced up with habanero syrup. Quick Bite: Carne Apache, a beef ceviche dish served with chips. Jump on it!
Takito Kitchen Tequila Bona Fides: 40+, and cocktails like Montezuma’s Chalice, whose revenge is mixed with chartreuse, maraschino, and manzanilla sherry. Quick Bite: The Tomatillo Pistachio Salsa. It only costs one more dollar than John Cusack still owes his paper boy ($3).
Ay Chiwowa Tequila Bona Fides: The Chupacabra is no urban legend, it's a cocktail made with reposado, Grand Marnier, pineapple and lavender. There are 90 tequilas available here, and the 90z fiesta pitchers of margs ain't too shabby either. Quick Bite: Churros with hot cajeta dipping sauce.