Adobo Grill – Old Town

February 01 2008 - 4:51 PM

I have a very hard time taking chain restaurants seriously. I’m barely even open to going to restaurants that have more than one location in the same city.  So I was extremely skeptical with a recent girl’s-night-out that was set to start at Adobo Grill in Old Town (they also have locations in Wicker Park, Lombard and Indianapolis). That being said I’m a huge fan of Mexican food and can’t always afford to go stand in line at Frontera – which, in my opinion, is the holy grail of Mexican food.


Adobo was a surprising experience. The 10 of us fit comfortably in a very private table in the main dining area. Because of the large size of the group I was able to try many dishes on the menu and all of the dishes we ordered I found enjoyable and different than your standard burrito/taco Mexican joint.

We started with the Adobo Margaritas made with 100% agave Herradura Blanco that went down sweet, sour and smooth. For appetizers we ordered the table side prepared guacamole, Empanada Potosinas and Sopes Surtidos – 4 in total topped separately with chorizo, wild mushroom, shrimp and plantain/mole.

 

For entrees we shared the Enchiladas Mole Rojo, Tilapia a la Talla – pan-seared and served with a mushroom escabeche and creamy potato machuca, and Camarones Enchipotlados – grilled in chipotle. All were great to share and under 20 dollars.


We also tasted the Las Cazuelas, which was an unusual dish served in three different casseroles – one with corn/zucchini salsa, one with chicken cream and the third with beef tenderloin. All were served with fresh corn tortillas. It was another great dish to share. I loved the smoky flavors of all the entrées. Presentation and service were also on the mark that night. I was also impressed to see on their website that they have an extensive gluten-free menu.


Adobo Grill went above and beyond my expectations of a chain restaurant. I’m interested to go back soon to confirm that my taste buds were correct and that those smooth-tasting margaritas didn’t cloud my judgment.


Adobo Grill

1610 N. Wells

Chicago

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