2703 N. Halsted St. (2700N, 800W)
Chicago , IL 60614
Chicago Bar Project "Bite"
The interior of Mayan Palace is bathed in a colorful orange but is quite small. Fortunately there's an enclosed beer garden in back. The traditional Mexican fare is solid but does not stand out. On a recent Sunday, we went for lunch and, sadly, there were no brunch items on the menu like huevos rancheros [tear]. (Fortunately, you can get huevos rancheros at 4am down the block at Taco Burrito Palace #2.) The chips at Mayan Palace were only ok, but the salsa was nice and spicy, uncommon these days. I had the carne asada, which was a bit tough and chewy even though it was cooked medium rare. We had an urge for tres leches ("three milks" dessert), but we went away with none. I like Mayan Palace but probably won't be back until they marinade their carne asada longer and add tres leches to the menu. If you like Mayan Palace be sure to check out Las Fuentes just down the street on Halsted, El Jardin in Wrigleyville and El Tapatio & Taberna Tapatia in West Lakeview. For more information, check out the Mayan Palace website.