Best Spanish Food In Chicago

October 5, 2010 11:08 PM

If you have a taste for Latin cuisine, these best bets will have you saying !Que delicioso! but you don’t have to speak Espanol to appreciate the great Latin cuisine.

Cafe’ Marbella

5527 N Milwaukee
(773) 853-0128
Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday; no lunch Saturdays.

Away from the roaring trains and the hustle and bustle of the downtown streets is Cafe Marbella in Jefferson Park. They have extremely fresh, high quality and deliciously executed tapas and entrees. Most dishes on the menu are $3.95 to $30.00. Although the decor of Cafe Marbella is not as vibrant as the food, it still offers some of the best tapas in Chicago.

Must Try –
Queso De Cabra Al Horno. Baked goat cheese with tomato sauce with crispy garlic toast rounds. Sure to get anyones taste buds in the mood for more.

Cafe Ba Ba Reeba!

(773) 935-5000
2024 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614

Located in Old Town, Cafe Ba Ba Reeba offers some of the best traditional art and ambience of Spain. The food and drinks are moderately priced and you will definitely get some of the best traditional Spanish food here. What makes it one of the best is the insanely delicious and very generously portioned tapas. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! is known for Tapas, the hot & cold appetizers of Spain and Sangria (Spain’s famous drink made from fruit, wine and liquors).

Must Try –
Patatas Bravas. Spicy potatoes with tomato alioli.
Ahi tuna poached in olive oil on avocado toast

Cafe’ Iberico

737 N Lasalle Blvd
Chicago, IL 60654-5044
(312) 573-1510

The owner of Jose Lagoa is from the town of La Coruna in northwester Spain. Iberico draws over 1,000 people over the weekends and around 500 to 600 people on weekdays. From the murals of Spanish dancers, musicians and matadors on the walls to the extensive collection of Spanish wine offered (about 5,000 bottles in all, displayed in racks on the ceiling) it has some of the best traditional Spanish ambience around.

Tapas Las Ramblas

5101 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640-2807
(773) 769-9700

Named after Barcelona’s popular pedestrian mall, Tapas Las Ramblas is owned by Michael and Natalie Moore. They offer an extensive list of tapas including, bacon-wrapped dates with red bell pepper sauce; grilled beef tenderloin with blue cheese cream sauce; and patatas con aioli, a garlicky potato salad. The decor incorporates festive colors, including eye-catching blue mosaic tiles on the facade and burgundy velvet draped from the ceiling.

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