Tucked inside a former warehouse in Grant Park, this beloved Mexican hangout stocks an arsenal of tequila and some truly creative Mexican fare. Indulge in a taste of the agave plant with a flight of top-notch tequila, margaritas and a sampling of the best of this cocina's menu. Salud!
Conventional wisdom might say friendly people (or fences) make good neighbors. We say it's someone with a plentiful supply of tacos, mad margarita-mixing skills and a standing invite to everyone to come join the dinner party. So when a certain Oakhurst hangout opened another location to Grant Park, where it filled a once-vacant airplane hangar/warehouse space with green rice, tequila, and whimsical Day of the Dead decor (not to mention that nefarious Devil's Water), the neighbors found themselves smitten. Nope, it didn't take long for this new kid on the block to make fast friends with the neighborhood. We blame the tequila.
Be not mistaken: the stale corn chips, gelatinous queso and/or syrupy margaritas of many a Tex-Mex eatery are thankfully absent from this place, as are the tears of guac enthusiasts for whom the pre-packaged grocery store variety simply won't suffice. Instead, Mezcalito's prides itself on offering real-deal Mexican fare with creative twists, whipping up the kind of grub you'd never be able to find at a place whose slogan involves the words "fourth meal." From homemade entrees like the steak and goat cheese mole enchiladas, to the veggie-friendly chile rellenos, right down to their trademark cilantro, poblano and spinach-infused bright-green rice, each and every dish that comes out of this cocina packs a wallop of flavor—and makes the puny burritos of lesser restaurants shiver in their tortillas.
Of course, 'twould be a crying shame to indulge in such a feast without the appropriate beverage at your side. Happily, the bar at Mezcalito's is all about tequila—and lots of it. That prized elixir of the agave plant is the heart of Mezcalito's menu of imbibables, with dozens of bottles and varietals on display behind the bar. Yes, though this Grant Park outpost may be the kid sister of the original restaurant, it still knows how to party. We suggest hopping aboard one of the brand-new tequila flights featuring three different varieties of the stuff, hand-selected by the staff. And then there is that ominous jar of Devil Water, taunting you with a sinister grin and filled to the brim with a Scoville scale-breaking, pepper-infused tequila forged in the flames of Hades. Toss that bad boy back, and suddenly you've been bequeathed with instant bragging rights. (Just try not to singe your tastebuds too
badly before digging into those enchiladas.)