Estimated Opening, Mid-September
Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to Midnight
508 North State Street, Chicago , IL 60654
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Cantina Laredo, featuring modern Mexican cuisine, will open in Chicago’s River North neighborhood this September. Located in a stunning stone and glass freestanding building at the corner of State and Illinois, Cantina Laredo will serve authentic Mexican dishes and drinks utilizing only the best ingredients.
Cantina Laredo is committed to providing the true taste of modern Mexican cooking at lunch, dinner and brunch. Dining and bar guests throughout the bi-level space will be welcomed with stellar salsas paired with complimentary, house-made chips. While sipping a specialty “Casa Rita” cocktail, guests may also enjoy Cantina Laredo’s signature service: made-to-order “Top Shelf” guacamole, prepared tableside. Appetizer offerings include sharable dishes (beef fajita nachos, chicken fajita quesadillas, ceviche, queso dips), while entrée-sized salads range from grilled shrimp with goat cheese and chicken with mango to field greens with seasonal ingredients. Specialties (braised porkshank, Certified Angus Beef tenderloin filet, fish of the day, shrimp-stuffed chicken breast) and Mexican plates (hand-rolled enchiladas and tacos) round out the entrée selections. Many dishes are complemented by house-made signature sauces, such as chipotle-wine with portabella mushrooms or sauteéd artichoke hearts with roasted red bell peppers. Satisfy the sweet tooth with one of Cantina Laredo’s desserts, such as the classic flan, Mexican apple pie sizzling in brandy butter, mango tres leches cake and Mexican brownie. The average entree price is $12/lunch; $16/dinner.
Cantina Laredo will offer brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some of Sunday’s selections include chilaquiles, chorizo con huevos, crab cake benedict, chicken fajita omelet and huevos rancheros. Traditional entrees will also be available, from appetizers and salads to Mexican plates and specialty dishes. The average brunch entree price is $10.
Executive Chef Larry Sinclair is at the helm of Cantina Laredo’s Chicago kitchen following his Executive Chef post at Cantina Laredo’s Nashville location. Sinclair is passionate about Mexican cuisine and culture because of the “wonderful sense of community and celebration.” He was previously Culinary Partner for P.F. Chang’s China Bistro for over seven years.
Sinclair will source local products and ingredients from 5 Rabbit Brewing, Goose Island, North Shore Distillery, City Fresh Market, Pastoral and Fox & Obel. Also unique to the Chicago location will be the small plates lounge menu, with over 20 choices available for a light bite or sharing with friends. Cantina Laredo will offer unique specialty cocktails prepared with hand-squeezed ingredients, including numerous Margaritas (Casa Rita, Cinco Rita, mango, pomegranate) and Mojitos (strawberry, superfruit, blackberry). An impressive selection of beer, wine and tequila will pair well with Cantina Laredo’s festive menu.
General Manager, Rithea Som, will lead a team of over 250 employees at Cantina Laredo. Prior to Chicago, he served as the General Manager for Cantina Laredo, Jacksonville for five years.
Valet service will be located on State Street ($12 for four hours). Metered street parking and garage parking is available.
Cantina Laredo’s main dining room will seat 286. The downstairs bar will have 22 seats, the second floor bar will offer 10 bar stools, and the first floor offers alfresco dining for eight.
Private dining, cocktail gatherings, catering and meetings may be planned by calling the restaurant. Private dining rooms for parties of eight to 24 are available on the ground floor. The Lounge upstairs is available for private parties of 100 or more.
Credit Cards accepted: Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover and Diners Club
Cantina Laredo is operated or franchised by Consolidated Restaurant Operations Inc. (CRO, Inc.) out of Dallas. Cantina Laredo has over 30 locations throughout the United States. Chicago will be the restaurant’s first location in Illinois.