January 19, 2007
Lalos isn't the best Mexican food you can find in Chicago. But it isn't far off. This chain restaurant is known for its atmosphere, club-like bar area and killer margaritas. If you are after some great guacamole, you are in for a treat. The waiters make it fresh at your table, adding in only what you want. I wouldn't tend to recommend a reservation but for weekend nights, if you have your heart set on eating here, it's not a bad idea just to ring ahead as to avoid disappointment.
For starters...if you are a guacamole lover, it's a must. They also bring out chips and fresh salsa for you to graze on while you decide which margaritas to order. (I recommend the peach-yum!) Once you've ordered they bring out small cups of soup (ours was chicken noodle that night and this might only be a winter treat). Our guacamole was about $15 but there were 6 of us sharing. Most starters run around $7.
Mains... I always order the fleutas. Deep fried tubes of happiness, as my friends call them. They are filled with shredded beef or chicken. The last time I was there they were a bit dry... nice with sour cream, however. Two of my friends love the battered shrimp. I know, I know... shrimp at Mexican? All I have to say is-They are lovely! Another friend had the enchiladas, which came with a blanket of cheese on top. However, you really can't go wrong with the soft tacos and burritos. Your choice of filling, beef, chicken or bean. Mains run between $9-13.
Dessert... If you are not busting at the steams already Lalos has a pretty impressive dessert menu. From cheesecake to the traditional fried ice cream and many cakes in between. A favorite of mine is the fried ice cream, the shell always seems to impress and it's dusted with cinnamon and chocolate. One is enough to share with 5 others and it will run you $5. As is the price with most of the desserts.
Those lovely boozy margaritas I keep talking about; they will run you about $7 for a glass of regular or if you are with friends you can get the party pitcher for $25. This fills 5 glasses. I would recommend picking your designated driver before you head in.
Since Lalos is a chain you can find them in Oak Park, Berwyn, Glenview, Des Plaines, Schaumburg, Midway Airport and several Chicago locations.
From journal Nothing Shy about Chi-town