Bar Takito – West Loop, Chicago

Last Saturday, I was invited with a guest to check out the new brunch menu at Bar Takito in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.   Since I had such a lovely lunch there last September, I jumped at this opportunity to catch up with my good friend, Demetra, and her daughter over a Latin-inspired brunch.

Bar Takito entrance

Bar Takito cross street

Morgan 'L' stop near Bark Takito

 

Bar Takito is located directly downstairs from the Morgan ‘L’ stop along the CTA Green Line at corner of Lake and Morgan Streets. The Pink Line also stops here.  How convenient!

Chef David Dworshak helms the kitchen at Bar Takito as he does at Takito Kitchen in Wicker Park.  While Takito Kitchen is focused on Mexican cuisine, Bar Takito offers a pan-Latin menu. There are many wonderful options at Bar Takito but I need to talk about the tortillas which Chef David is whipping up.  He creates really interesting tortillas which are flavored with turmeric, beer and a rotating array of other herbs and spices.  Here is how our brunch went down:

We ordered the Breakfast Tacos which are made with chorizo, potato, egg, Oaxacan cheese, pickled chilis, cilantro, peptitas served on beer tortillas.

Bar Takito's breakfast taco

Breakfast Tacos with chorizo, potatos, jalapenos, pickeled chilis, Oaxacan cheese, cilantro and pepitas

 

Next we ordered the Coffee Braised Beef Tacos.  These were made with really tasty beef, queso Oaxaca, cherry tomatoes, jalapeño, cilantro and peanuts.

 

Bar Takitos's beef taco

Bar Takito's coffee braised beef taco

This Coffee braised beef taco was incredibly juicy and flavorful.

 

While Demetra and I enjoyed both tacos, we agreed that the Coffee Braised Tacos were the better of the two.

Demetra’s young daughter had the frittata which was also very tasty.

Bar Takito's frittata

Egg frittata

Did we stop there?  Hell, no!  We shared two sides which were equally as delicious as our main courses.

The first was the Three Sisters Polenta which was a smooth yet gritty mix of polenta, serrano ham, seasonal kimchi, cheddar cheese, cilantro and toasted sesame seeds.  I LOVED THIS DISH!! Who knew I would be raving about a polenta dish?  I took the leftovers home 🙂

Bar Takito's polenta

Three Sisters Polenta with serrano ham, seasonal kimchi, cheddar, cilantro and sesame seeds

The other side dish was the Carolina Gold Rice which was combined with chocio corn, pickled veggies, basil and pistachio.  Another winner.  Demetra took home what was left this dish.  So yummy.

Bar Takito's Carolina gold rice

Carolina gold rice with corn, pickled veggies, basil and pistachios

And, just because we were going to say we were here anyway, we ordered dessert.  Chef David was still working on the Pecan Sticky Buns with cinnamon, cocoa and caramel (drats!), so we tried the Popcorn, Butterscotch Mousse with almond crunch and apple cider preserves.  Delicious and very pretty to look at.

Bar Takito's popcorn butterscotch mousse

Popcorn and Butterscotch Mousse

I was really pleased with Bar Takito’s brunch menu.  I will be back again to try some of the other menu items and brunch cocktails which I did not have this time around.  

 

Bar Takito's brunch menu

 

The space at Bar Takito is bright and colorful.  You feel like you are walking into an island bar upon entering.  It’s impossible to hold onto a bad mood while you are here.  Love it!  The outdoor patio is all ready for the warm weather.

 

Bar Takito's dining room

Bar Takito's dining space

Bar Takito's seating

Bar Takito's bar

 

One last important note. Bar Takito has live jazz on Thursday nights starting at 8pm.  Score!  I hope they add the live jazz to their brunch service on the weekend 🙂

So, grab your Ventra transit card and head to Bar Takito for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch!

Bar Takito is located at 201 N. Morgan St.  Click here for more information.

To read about my previous dining experience here, click Bar Takito.

In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Green Line to Bar Takito.  Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking.  Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!