I have always found it difficult to find good and authentic Spanish food in Chicago, save for a few restaurants like Mercat a la Planxa and Vera. And, after visiting Barcelona a few years ago and enjoying the real thing, I thought that I would be forever ruined from enjoying it outside of Spain. That all changed, though, after my recent visit to Salero – a modern Spanish restaurant that recently opened along Restaurant Row in the West Loop.
Salero is not a tapas bar. Instead, the front bar offers pinxtos, or Basque-inspired light bites, and Spanish wines and sherries. The minimalist main dining room showcases fresh, local ingredients, while highlighting traditional Spanish traditions. My husband and I recently visited, along with two other couples, and between the six of us, shared some incredible dishes.
Salero is open for lunch, Monday through Friday, and for dinner seven days a week. Reservations are accepted, and are encouraged for the dining room, especially on the weekend. It is the perfect spot for a working lunch or after-work drinks at the bar, as well as for dinner with friends.
621 West Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois 60661