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“Salsa Sundays” at Cantina Laredo

Complimentary Dance Lessons and Live Music in the Lounge

Starts Sunday, January 22
Salsa Sundays takes place weekly
6-10 p.m. in the second floor lounge

Free to Attend

Shake and shimmy every Sunday night at Cantina Laredo. The stunning, River North hotspot for modern Mexican cuisine will start “Salsa Sundays” on Sunday, January 22. This free-to-attend, fun event will take place from 6-10 p.m. in the second floor lounge. Instructor Miguel Mendez from Chicago’s Dance Academy of Salsa will instruct participating guests on the sultry moves of salsa dance, while live music is provided by the Salsa Chicago Mambo All Stars.

Cantina Laredo offers unique specialty cocktails prepared with hand-squeezed ingredients, including Margaritas (Casa Rita, Cinco Rita, Cabo Margarita, Mango, Pomegranate, Herradura, Perfect Patron, Milagro Blackberry Smash) and Mojitos (classic, strawberry, mango, superfruit). An extensive tequila list, Mexican beers by the bottle and draft (Victoria, Modelo Especial, Dos Equis) and worldly wines pair well with Cantina Laredo’s lounge menu (listed below). Items include mini, crispy ahi tuna tacos, crab cakes with poblano buerre blanc, flatbreads, chicken empanadas and tropical ceviche. The “Taqueria” section includes five different taco trios and “Postres” may also be enjoyed upstairs.

Non-dancing guests are welcome to attend and enjoy the sexy sounds of salsa music.
Cantina Laredo
508 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312.955.0014
Lounge Menu


TOP SHELF GUACAMOLE made fresh at your table, serves two to four 10
QUESADILLAS AL CARBON Chicken fajita or beef fajita 10
QUESO FUNDIDO Oaxaca cheese melted with roasted peppers and chorizo 9
CEVICHE VERACRUZANO Shrimp, scallops and fish marinated in lime juice 10
CEVICHE TROPICAL Ahi tuna with mango, jicama and watermelon 10
TACOS DE AHI TUNA Mini-crispy tacos with ahi tuna, chipotle aioli, jicama slaw and guacamole 9
CRAB CAKES Y POBLANO Three lump crab cakes with poblano buerre blanc sauce 11
SOPES DE CHORIZO Masa cakes topped with chorizo, queso fresco and black beans with tomatillo salsa 9
EMPANADAS DE POLLO Empanadas filled with chicken, roasted poblano peppers and Oaxaca cheese 10TOSTADITAS DE AGUACATE topped with black beans, avocado, queso fresco, tomatoes and lettuce 8
FLATBREAD DE CAMARONES CHIPOTLE Sautéed shrimp with goat cheese, pineapple, roasted peppers and chipotle sauce 11


BARBACOA Slow-roasted brisket with marinated onions, Monterey Jack cheese and cilantro 13
CARNITAS Slow-roasted pork with chipotle wine sauce 11
POLLO CASCABEL Spicy chicken with marinated onions and queso fresco 11
PESCADO Mahi Mahi with marinated vegetables, queso fresco and chipotle aioli 13
CAMARONES Shrimp with marinated vegetables, queso fresco and guajillo aioli 13

FLAN Mexican custard with caramel sauce and a hint of Cointreau 6
CHURROS with chocolate raspberry sauce and Grand Mariner cajeta to dip 7
MANGO TRES LECHES Creamy vanilla cake with mango cream sauce 7

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Feliz Año Nuevo at ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar

Multi-Course Dinner with Drinks, Live Music and Midnight Tequila Toast

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Table reservations at 7:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
A la carte dinner menu offered

Table reservations at 9:00 p.m. or 9:30 p.m.
Three course dinner and drinks package
$65 per guest

9:00 p.m. to Midnight
Drinks only package
$30 per guest

Feliz Ano Nuevo! On Saturday, December 31, ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar will host a festive fete that includes three celebratory dining and beverage choices: traditional a la carte dinner service, a dinner and drinks package (with three courses, specialty cocktails, live music, DJ, dancing and Midnight tequila toast) and a three-hour, bar only package.

Dinner Service
Table reservations are offered at 7:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Zocalo’s complete dinner menu (and specials) will be available.

Dinner and Drinks Package
With seatings offered at both 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., the create-your-own, three course dinner will include any appetizer, entree and dessert from Zocalo’s special New Year’s Eve dinner menu. This dinner package also includes beer, house wine and margaritas (traditional, passion-mango, blood orange, prickly pear or hibiscus flower). The price is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Three Hour Drink Package
For those looking to simply enjoy cocktails, a three-hour bar package will be offered from 9:00 p.m. – Midnight. The libations include beer, house wine and margaritas (traditional, passion-mango, blood orange, prickly pear or hibiscus flower). This option is priced at $30 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

The Latin band “Jugo de Mango” will perform live, starting at 9 p.m., followed by a DJ spinning Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms until 2 a.m. As the clock strikes midnight, a Don Julio tequila toast and party favors will be enjoyed by all. Zocalo will offer a cash bar until 2 a.m. and Don Julio drink specials will be featured all night.

Reservations for New Year’s Eve are recommended. Please call Zocalo to make arrangements to celebrate.

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar
358 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610

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New Dinner Menu at Nacional 27

Menu Now Available

Monday through Thursday 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Nacional 27 and Chef Chico Vilchez have unveiled a sizzling new menu for dinner service. The modern Latin restaurant and lounge begins with soups (chicken tortilla; gazpacho) and salads (ensalada verde; Costa Rican heart of palm), then leads into Latin favorites (pumpkin and goat cheese croqueta; shrimp adobado skewers; chorizo empanada; BBQ’d lamb tiny tacos; and a selection of ceviche). The dinner menu continues with entrees, such as Latin comfort foods (farm raised, chicken mole verde; suckling pig Cubano; short rib enchiladas), gaucho skewers, paella, seafood (Pacific Blue Nose Grouper Huachinago; center cut Ahi tuna) and steak (grilled, marinated skirt steak; chimichurri-crusted filet).

Group dining at Nacional 27 is easily achieved with a variety of menu choices. Along with the weekly entertainment and night-on-the-town atmosphere, Chef Vilchez’s large-party platters include the “Latin Dinner Party” for four or more (36.95 per guest includes tapas, three entrees and side dishes), “For The Table” appetizers, “Gaucho Skewers” (skewers of selected meats and seafood with rice and beans for two or more), ceviche and paella (plus pitchers of creative, house-made cocktails).

Dinner will end on a sweet note, as the Postres (desserts) section of the menu offers Pastel de Tres Leches, Cinnamon Churros, Grand Marnier Chocolate Cake, Pineapple Shortcake and Chico’s Flan.

Nacional 27’s new menu is outlined below. Images are available. Reservations may be made by calling the restaurant or visiting the website, N27Chicago.com.

The current, lively line-up has live bands performing on Tuesdays; free salsa lessons on Thursdays; Miami Nights with DJ Koncept on Fridays and Vida27! dance night on Saturdays. The tapas and ceviche menu is half-price Monday-Friday from 5-7 p.m.; select wine pours are $5 per glass on Wednesdays.

Dinner Menu, Nacional 27
Chef Chico Vilchez

For the Table

Guacamole – tortilla & taro chips – 8.95

Shrimp & Guacamole – lime marinated Mexican gulf shrimp – 10.95

Fundido – roasted corn, queso, lime & cilantro – 6.95

Ceviche Sampling Platter – per person – 10.95

N27 Combination Platter – smoked chicken, empanada, boniato & plantain croqueta, bbq’d lamb taco, shrimp skewer – 9.95


Soups & Salads

Chicken Tortilla Soup – shredded chicken, broth, jalapeno – 4.95

Gazpacho – chilled tomato, carrots, celery, jicama, cucumber & roasted corn – 5.95

Ensalada Verde – romaine, pickled onions, cilantro, pepitas & chipotle-papaya vinaigrette – 6.95

Costa Rican Hearts of Palm – avocado, olives, papaya – 8.95

Latin Favorites

Papas Bravas – paprika, garlic & Tabasco – 4.95

Boniato & Sweet Plantain Croqueta – roasted garlic aioli – 4.95

Pumpkin & Goat Cheese Croqueta – pepitas, orange aioli – 5.95

Steak Arepa Quesadilla – cremini mushrooms – 7.95

Crispy Steak Nacho – spicy jack, salsa, grilled jalapeños – 7.95


Marinated Chicken – cilantro sofrito – 4.95

Grilled Beef Tenderloin – adobo three-chile salsa – 5.95

Shrimp Adobado – pineapple-vanilla salsa – 5.95


Choose three – 9.95

Queso – pepper jack, cream cheese, roasted peppers & tomatillo salsa – 5.95

Smoked Chicken – roasted corn salsa, ancho crema – 6.95

Chorizo – queso fresco, pickled jalapeno crema – 6.95

Grilled Vegetable – squash, chayote, chili crema – 5.95

Beef – caramelized onions, black bean salsa, garlic aioli & tomatillo salsa – 7.95

Carnitas – shredded suckling pig, tomatillo, black beans, jalapeno-chipotle cream – 6.95

Tiny Tacos

Choose three – 9.95

Shrimp & Scallops – avocado, lime, romaine lettuce – 4.95

BBQ’d Lamb – guava, organic agave, avocado salsa – 4.95

Grilled Beef Tenderloin – spicy tomatillo salsa – 4.95

Black Bean – pepper jack, jalapeno, tomatillo, adobado salsa – 4.95


All Four – 10.95 per person

Shrimp & Scallops – citrus, sweet peppers, avocado – 9.95

Smoked Salmon – pequillo pepper, jicama, roasted corn – 9.95

Rainbow Coctel – salmon, shrimp, tuna, avocado, tomato – 9.95

Ahi Tuna & Watermelon – spicy rice wine vinaigrette – 9.95

N27 Oyster Shooters – spicy bloody maria – each 2.95; spike with vodka for 1.00

Latin Comfort Foods

Vegetables & Rice – grilled latin vegetables, spicy green rice -14.95

Farm Raised Chicken Mole Verde – squash, cilantro, caramelized onions – 15.95

Shredded Chicken Enchiladas – mole negro, pepper jack, rice & beans – 16.95

Short Rib Enchiladas – shredded chipotle-beef short ribs, roasted corn, pepper jack, mole verde, cabbage slaw – 17.95

Smoked Pork Tenderloin Adobado – caramelized onions, mashed Cuban sweet potatoes – 19.95

N27 Roast Suckling Pig “Cubano” – caramelized onion mashed Cuban sweet potatoes, eggplant, spicy tomatoes, coconut rice, black beans, chicharrónes, ancho pork jus – 21.95

Gaucho Skewers
With coco rice, black beans, trio of salsa
Priced per person; minimum two guests

Marinated Barbecue Skirt Steak – 16.95

Shrimp & Scallop – 17.95

Beef Tenderloin – 19.95

Priced per person; minimum two guests

Seafood Paella – shrimp, scallops, mussels, calamari, piquillo peppers – 17.95

Pork Paella – pulled pork, roast chicken, Spanish chorizo, tomato-cilantro-jicama – 16.95

Seafood & Steak

Grilled Salmon – coconut rice, orange mojo, cilantro – 18.95

Pacific Blue Nose Grouper “Huachinago” – tomatillo salsa, spicy green rice – 22.95

Center Cut Ahi Tuna – fire roasted corn, avocado, cilantro salsa – 24.95

Grilled Marinated Skirt Steak – crispy costa rican potatoes, salsa criolla – 17.95

Chimichurri Crusted Filet – three potato-chorizo hash, malbec reduction – 25.95

Beef Tenderloin “Medallions” – Spanish cheese-potato gratin, red wine just – 26.95; add chimichurri, blue cheese and truffle crust 3.00

Latin Dinner Party
A sharing menu available for tables of four or more guests
36.95 per person

For the Table – tortilla, taro chips & guacamole

Tapas – shrimp adobado, boniato & plantain croquetas, smoked chicken empanadas

Platters – choose three – seafood paella, grilled salmon, chicken mole verde, pacific blue nose grouper huachinago, grilled marinated skirt steak

Add $5 per person – guaco shrimp and scallop bbq, suckling pig cubano, chimichurri crusted beef tenderloin medallions

Sides – mashed boniato & grilled latin vegetables

Sides 4.95

Mashed Boniato

Roasted Plantains

Coconut Rice & Beans

Spinach & Chayote

Spicy Green Rice

Grilled Latin Vegetables

Postres – 5.95 

Cinnamon Churros – dulce de leche ice cream, house candied brazil nuts

Chico’s Flan – vanilla bean custard, caramel, fresh berries

Grand Marnier Chocolate Cake – callebaut south American chocolate, burnt caramel crema

Pineapple Shortcake – vanilla marinated pineapples, shortcake, banana ice cream

Pastel de Tres Leches – vanilla whipped cream, mango caramel

Ice Cream & Sorbet – chocolate, banana, coconut and raspberry

325 W. Huron
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 664-2727


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Eat, Drink, Dance at Nacional 27

Heat Up Your Week with New Winter Happenings

Nacional 27 has a new, weekly line-up for the Fall-Winter season. Each evening, the River North restaurant brings a variety of hot happenings, cool cocktails and culinary delights to diners, dancers and lounge guests. The event schedule is outlined below, by day. Nacional 27 is open Monday-Wednesday 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Thursday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Monday – Friday
“5 to 7 at N27”
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. weekly
Half Priced Tapas and Ceviche Menus
Appetizers include papas bravas; boniato and sweet plantain croqueta; pumpkin and goat cheese croqueta; steak arepa quesadilla; crispy steak nacho; skewers; empanadas; tiny tacos; ceviche; combination platters and more priced at $2.50 to $5.50 (regularly $4.95 to $10.95)

“Dinner and a Show”
Live Latin bands perform in the lounge every other Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

“Wino Wednesdays”
5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. weekly
Select wines for $5 per glass.

“Salsa Lessons”
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. weekly
Complimentary salsa lessons.

“Miami Nights”
11 p.m. – 2 a.m. weekly
The sexiness of South Beach, right here in Chicago. Turn up the heat with energetic Latin beats by DJ Konsept.
Ladies: no cover charge; gentlemen: $10.

“Vida 27!”
11 p.m. – 3 a.m. weekly
Sultry salsa sounds and Latin beats by DJ X and guest deejays. Show off your sexiest salsa, meanest merengue and baddest bachata!
$10 cover charge for ladies and gentlemen.

N27 bottle service accommodations are available by request, simply call Nacional 27 to arrange. Dinner and table reservations are available by phone and through Open Table.

325 W. Huron
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 664-2727

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