Takito Kitchen

Takito Kitchen

By Maris Callahan

Simplicity is key at Takito Kitchen. This new Mexican spot in Wicker Park focuses on tacos and shared plates made with only the freshest local and seasonal ingredients, for creative dishes that boast exceptional flavor. Start your meal with the trio of house-made salsas, varying from the mild tomatillo-pistachio to the fairly spicy tomato-hibiscus-ghost pepper—all served alongside crumbly masa crackers, which are a surprising and pleasant departure from standard issue tortilla chips. You’ll find a handful of shared plates on the menu, from a fresh and savory Suzuki bass ceviche with pickled carrots and black garlic to creamy, comforting polenta topped with cheddar, bacon, and cilantro. But the tacos are the star of the show here, with eight options that range from vegan roasted vegetable, to crispy fish on a hibiscus tortilla, to the buttery and indulgent Alaskan king crab.

Takito’s inventive cocktail list tempts with a variety of tequila- and rum-based concoctions. The Por Que No is a nice balance of sweet and smoky, the blueberry and peach flavors acting as foils to with the Sombra mezcal; an adventurous drinker might opt for the Caliente margarita, laced with chipotle and morita chili powders. Finish your meal with the Mexican chocolate ganache, the perfect portion of rich chocolate topped here with brandied cherries and coffee crema.

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beans to spill
David Dworshak, formerly Excecutive Chef at Carnivale, runs the open kitchen at Takito, while beverage director Adam Weber, previously at Mercadito and Trencherman, oversees the bar and heads up the cocktail program.

at your service
The servers are enthusiastic, passionate, and knowledgeable about the food—including the farms and purveyors they work with—as well as the cocktail menu, setting Takito Kitchen apart from a plethora of other Chicago taco options.

decibels
High—the volume comes from the open kitchen and energetic crowd, but you won’t mind having to raise your voice to be heard.

hours

Tue–Thu 5 PM–10 PM; Fri–Sat noon– 2 AM; Sun noon– 8 PM
Closed Monday

price range

Dinner: $5 to $15
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