2558 N. Halsted St. (2600N, 800W)
Chicago, IL 60614
Chicago Bar Project "Bite"
Meaning "The Fountains" in Spanish, Las Fuentes is named for the fountain in its enormous beer garden. Las Fuentes encompasses three storefronts with a standard yet colorful restaurant in the corner building and a giant dance floor of ceramic tile and a large wooden island bar take up the next two. The outdoor patio spans the entire width behind all three buildings and seats about 200 at a sea of two and four-tops under colorful plastic doilies and facing a pleasant mural of a Mexican village painted on the north wall of the building serving as the beer garden's southern end. The complimentary chips & salsa are good (though we like it a bit spicier) and the specialty Molcajete Surtido is intriguing: assorted grilled pieces of top sirloin, cactus paddles, and chicken flavored with home-made chorizo served in a molcajete or stone bowl with our delicious sauce and garnished fresh cheese. The Borrego en Mole Negro also comes recommended: New Zealand rack of baby lamb in Oaxacan black mole that is made with chilhuacle chiles and another delicious 28 ingredients. The Tres Leches dessert is also excellent: three-milk dessert made from sponge cake soaked in evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream. Chicago Bar Project recommendation: wash it all down with Dos Equis Amber or Negro Modelo cerveza. If you like Las Fuentes be sure to check out Mayan Palace just up the street on Halsted, El Jardin in Wrigleyville, Los Nopales in Lincoln Square (our favorite Mexican restaurant), and Las Fuentes also has a location in Chicago on Harlem Avenue. For more information, check out the Las Fuentes website. íSalud!
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