If I could describe Bar Takito in one word it would be “cool.” From the graffiti art, to the reclaimed furniture and refurbished typewriters adorning the walls, to “Bar Takito” spelled out in large lit letters on the ceiling, everything about Bar Takito is just plain cool.
Located in Chicago’s West Loop, Bar Takito is a Latin-inspired shared-plate concept drawing its inspiration from the cuisines of Mexico, Central and South America. The menus for both brunch and dinner highlight fresh and local ingredients, with tacos being the center point, in addition to ceviches and items cooked a la plancha, or on the grill.
Based upon looks alone, this is clearly a place that is perfect for after work drinks, or a weeknight or weekend casual dinner. Bar Takito recently started serving brunch, though, which prompted my visit.
It took me a while to decide what to order because everything sounded delicious! And, because my husband called dibs on ordering the Breakfast Tacos. I know breakfast tacos are fantastic, but I wanted a little variety for this blog post. So, I gave in and decided upon something different. The Breakfast Tacos did look fantastic, though. Scrambled eggs were served on beer tortillas, with chorizo, potatoes, Oaxacan cheese, pickled chiles, cilantro, and pepitas. My husband likens himself to a breakfast taco aficionado, and he praised these tacos – especially the flavorful house-made chorizo.
I opted to go the a la carte route in order to try a variety of menu items. I was immediately sold when our server told us that a special that day was banana bread, drizzled with dark chocolate. Oh. My. Gosh. This bread was outstanding! Just looking at the pictures again makes my mouth water. Hopefully this becomes a special item on the regular.
I also tried the Papas Fritas – slices of crispy purple potatoes served with an outstanding garlic mojo. These potatoes are typically topped with a spicy cheese sauce and pork belly, but I opted to keep mine on the lighter side – especially after that banana bread! I could have eaten the garlic mojo sauce by the spoonful (and I might have!).
I wanted some protein, too, so I opted for a side of Fritatta-style eggs, which were served almost like a souffle and were light, fluffy, and very flavorful – especially when topped with Oaxacan cheese. I found that the banana bread, potatoes, and egg combination was a perfect breakfast and I enjoyed every bite.
On my next brunch visit, I want to try the Huarache, or savory corn masa pancake, with pork belly, beans, smoke queso fresco, aji amarillo, fried eggs, cilantro and pepitas, and I cannot wait to return for dinner, as well. Some fellow diners were enjoying fabulous looking cocktails, including Bloody Mary’s served with a beer “side car,” and margaritas. Count me in for a drink on my next visit, as well.
Overall, my husband and I really enjoyed Bar Takito. Our server was informative, friendly, and helpful, the ambiance was hip and up beat, and the food was delicious. The bar area is perfect for solo diners or those just looking for a cocktail, and the restaurant is great for couples or groups looking for a flavorful meal in a relaxed, yet cool environment.
Bar Takito is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, for lunch Tuesday through Friday, and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are accepted. Sidewalk seating is available in warmer months.
201 North Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607
While my meal was complimentary, all opinions expressed herein are my own.