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“National Margarita Day”

Five Area Restaurants and Bars Offer Magnificent Margs

Wednesday, February 22
Times and prices vary

Salt, or no salt?  That will be the question of the day on Wednesday, February 22, also known as “National Margarita Day.”  The margarita ranks as one of America’s most popular drinks, and National Margarita Day is the perfect time to kick back, relax and enjoy the tequila and lime libation (as if you need a reason). Whether you prefer them on the rocks, straight up, frozen or fruity, these five local restaurants and bars offer mouthwatering margaritas:

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar

ZOCALO Margarita – Gran Centenario Plata Tequila, triple sec and fresh lime juice; served up, on the rocks or frozen with a salt rim $8

Tropical Margarita – Gran Centenario Plata Tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice with choice of pomegranate, prickly pear, passion-mango or guava; served up, on the rocks or frozen with a salt rim $9

Partida Organic Margarita – Partida Reposado Tequila, fresh lime juice and 100% organic agave nectar; served up or on the rocks $12

LeBlon Guava Margarita – LeBlon Cachaca, fresh lime juice and guava nectar; served up or on the rocks $10

Nacional 27

N27 Margarita – El Jimador Reposado, Bacardi Anejo, Grand Marnier and lime $11

Cantina Laredo

Casa Rita – Signature margarita, premier blend of Giro Silver Tequila by Sauza, Cointreau Orange Liqueur and fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juices $9

Cabo Margarita – Cabo Wabo Reposado blends seamlessly with Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur $12.50

Pomegranate Margarita – Add an extra splash of Sauza Blanco and pomegranate puree to the Casa Rita $10

Herradura Margarita – Herradura Reposado and Cointreau Orange Liqueur $11.50

Perfect Patron Margarita – Patron Silver and Patron Citronge Orange Liqueur $12

Cinco Rita – Giro Silver Tequila by Sauza, Hornitos, Herradura and Cazadores Silver Tequilas with Cointreau Orange Liqueur, lime juice and agave nectar $11.50

Mango Margarita – Frozen Casa Rita with fresh mango puree and an extra splash of Sauza Blanco $10

Milagro Blackberry Smash – Milagro Silver, lime and mint, muddled with blackberries and agave nectar $11.50

Cactus Bar & Grill

12 oz. Margarita $7; 16 oz. Margarita $9; 20 oz. “Man vs. Margarita” $11

The Cactus Classic – Cactus’ world famous classic recipe; frozen or on the rocks

Guiltless Margarita – A slimmed down version of Cactus’ classic, made with silver tequila, fresh lime and orange juices, agave syrup and club soda; served on the rocks

Frosty Fruit – Made with real fruit purees and served frozen; available in strawberry and mango

NOTE: Add a floater of Patron silver tequila to any margarita for $3

Taco Joint

ZOCALO Margarita – Lunazul Blanco Tequila, triple sec and fresh lime juice; served up on the rocks or frozen with a salt rim $8

Tropical Margarita – Lunazul Blanco Tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice with choice of: prickly pear, passion-mango, blood orange or guava; served up on the rocks or frozen with a salt rim $9

Herradura Organic Margarita – Herradura Reposado Tequila, fresh lime juice and 100% organic agave nectar; served up or on the rocks $10

Black & Green Margarita – Negra Modelo beer over frozen ZOCALO Margarita $8

Grapefruit Margarita – Gran Centenario Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, citrus-chile infused agave
nectar, fresh ruby red grapefruit & lemon juice, dash of bitters; served on the rocks with a chile piquin rim
 $9

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar
358 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610
312.302.9977
ZocaloChicago.com

Nacional 27
325 W. Huron
Chicago, IL 60654
312-664-2727
n27chicago.com

Cantina Laredo
508 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
312.955.0014
CantinaLaredo.com

Cactus Bar and Grill
404 S. Wells
Chicago, IL 60607
312-922-3830
DontDrinkAndTrade.com

Taco Joint
1969 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 951-2457
TacoJoint.com

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Tequila Distillery Event at Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar

April’s Tasting: Tequila Ocho

Thursday, April 14
6:30-9:00pm

$20 per person

Mexico’s national spirit will get the attention it deserves during Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar’s monthly tequila distillery events. Taking place on the second Thursday of every month, these spirited soirees will highlight different tequilas through informal tastings, specialty cocktails and Zocalo’s flavorful Mexican fare.

Tequila Ocho will be in the spotlight on Thursday, April 14 from 6:30-9:30pm. Passed appetizers from Zocalo’s menu will keep tequila tasters in the game, while live Latin music will set an upbeat vibe. The cost to attend Zocalo’s Tequila Ocho tasting is $20 per person, which includes two specialty cocktails, tequila tastings, passed appetizers and a raffle ticket for a chance to win Zocalo gift cards, bottles of Tequila Ocho and more.

Zocalo’s weekly “Dine at Nine” promotion will also be in effect, offering half-off all food items after 9:00pm (must make a reservation and mention offer). Glasses of Sangria and Citrus Cazuelas will be $5 and all appetizers will be half-price in the bar area from 5:00-7:00pm.

Please call Zocalo for tasting reservations (recommended).

About Tequila Ocho
Tequila Ocho is made by Felipe Camarena, a third generation Tequilero, in partnership with Tomas Estes, the “Ambassador of Tequila to the European Union.” This is a potent combination that delivers heritage and tradition coupled with innovation. Felipe and Tomas produce a tequila that is made slowly in the old-fashioned way. The result is a fine quality spirit that accentuates the agave flavor. It is concentrated and complex while remaining balanced and easy to drink. Tequila Ocho demonstrates that “terroir” exists in agave. We demonstrate this annually with new vintages drawn from our single estates at varying altitudes in Arandas, Jalisco, ensuring each vintage is distinct in aroma and flavor. Since each estate, or “rancho,” produces a limited amount of agave, each vintage of Ocho is both rare and collectible. Every bottle is hand numbered. Tequila Ocho is the first tequila to designate both the year it was produced and the precise field from which the agave was sourced. Each is noted on the front label to confirm their authenticity. Tequila Ocho “opens up and develops” in the glass the same way a fine wine does.

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar
358 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610
312.302.9977
http://www.ZocaloChicago.com

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Tequila Distillery Event at Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar

Don Julio in the Spotlight at December’s Tequila Tasting

Thursday, December 16, 2010
6:30-9:00pm

$20 per person

Mexico’s national spirit will get the attention it deserves during Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar’s monthly tequila distillery events. This spirited soiree will highlight different tequilas through informal tastings, specialty cocktails and Zocalo’s flavorful Mexican fare.

Don Julio Tequila will be in the spotlight on Thursday, December 16 from 6:30-9:00pm. Passed appetizers from Zocalo’s menu will keep tequila tasters in the game, while live Latin music will set an upbeat vibe. The cost to attend Zocalo’s Don Julio Tequila tasting is $20 per person, which includes two specialty cocktails, the tequila tasting (Anejo, Reposado, Silver), passed appetizers and a raffle ticket for a chance to win Zocalo gift cards, bottles of Don Julio Tequila and more.

Zocalo’s weekly “Dine at Nine” promotion will also be in effect, offering half-off all food items after 9:00pm (must make a reservation and mention offer). Glasses of Sangria and Citrus Cazuelas will be $5 and all appetizers will be half-price in the bar area from 5:00-7:00pm.

Please call Zocalo for tasting reservations (recommended, not required).

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar
358 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610
312.302.9977
http://www.zocalochicago.com

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Gran Centenario in the Spotlight at November’s Tequila Tasting

Thursday, November 11, 2010
6:30-9:00pm

$20 per person

Mexico’s national spirit will get the attention it deserves during Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar’s monthly tequila distillery events. Taking place on the second Thursday of every month, these spirited soirees will highlight different tequilas through informal tastings, specialty cocktails and Zocalo’s flavorful Mexican fare.

Gran Centenario Tequila will be in the spotlight on Thursday, November 11 from 6:30-9:00pm. Passed appetizers from Zocalo’s menu will keep tequila tasters in the game, while live Latin music will set an upbeat vibe. The cost to attend Zocalo’s Gran Centenario Tequila tasting is $20 per person, which includes two specialty cocktails, the tequila tasting (Anejo, Reposado, Silver), passed appetizers and a raffle ticket for a chance to win Zocalo gift cards, bottles of Gran Centenario Tequila and more.

Zocalo’s weekly “Dine at Nine” promotion will also be in effect, offering half-off all food items after 9:00pm (must make a reservation and mention offer). Glasses of Sangria and Citrus Cazuelas will be $5 and all appetizers will be half-price in the bar area from 5:00-7:00pm.

Please call Zocalo for tasting reservations (recommended, not required).

About Gran Centenario Tequila
In 1858, Lazaro Gallardo, a tavern owner and tequila producer, invented a unique tequila-making process called Selección Suave, of Smooth Selection. This unique process blended newly rested tequilas with the smoothest, aged tequila reserves creating the highest quality and best tasting tequila available. In the late 1800s, Lazaro Gallardo named his tequila, Gran Centenario to commemorate the beginning of a new century and began selling it as his tavern. In 1920, Lazaro’s son, Luciano decided to bottle Gran Centenario. Inspired by the Art Deco style of architecture, he designed a bottle similar to the one we use today.The makers of Gran Centenario still uses the Selección Suave when crafting this deluxe tequila.

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar
358 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610
312.302.9977
http://www.zocalochicago.com

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Tequila Distillery Event at Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar

Riazul in the Spotlight at October’s Tequila Tasting

Thursday, October 14, 2010
6:30-9:00pm

$20 per person

Mexico’s national spirit will get the attention it deserves during Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar’s monthly tequila distillery events. Taking place on the second Thursday of every month, these spirited soirees will highlight different tequilas through informal tastings, specialty cocktails and Zocalo’s flavorful Mexican fare.

Riazul Tequila will be in the spotlight on Thursday, October 14 from 6:30-9:30pm. Passed appetizers from Zocalo’s menu will keep tequila tasters in the game, while live Latin music will set an upbeat vibe. The cost to attend Zocalo’s Riazul Tequila tasting is $20 per person, which includes two specialty cocktails, the tequila tasting (Anejo, Reposado, Silver), passed appetizers and a raffle ticket for a chance to win Zocalo gift cards, bottles of Riazul Tequila and more.

Zocalo’s weekly “Dine at Nine” promotion will also be in effect, offering half-off all food items after 9:00pm (must make a reservation and mention offer). Glasses of Sangria and Citrus Cazuelas will be $5 and all appetizers will be half-price in the bar area from 5:00-7:00pm.

Please call Zocalo for tasting reservations (recommended).

About Riazul Tequila
100% Blue Agave Premium

Two hundred years ago, the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico served as a key battlefront in the Mexican War of Independence. During that struggle, Maria Higinia Gomez served as a high counselor to the Mexican rebel leaders. For her service, she was granted 10,000 acres of land — most of which she gave away to revolutionaries who fought for Mexico’s freedom. The remaining 620 acres was handed down from generation to generation and virtually untouched until Riazul’s founder, Iñaki Orozco, inherited the land in the late 1990s.

Iñaki knew that the land was located within the exclusive area of Mexico where agave could be harvested into what is officially recognized as tequila. He approached the family elders and pitched his idea to initially plant a few agave plants, with plans for more a much larger agave field in the future. The elders were skeptical and challenged Iñaki’s vision as naive and nearly impossible to achieve. But the young idealist was persistent and won them over. Soon, Iñaki had his chance to prove himself. He planted 100 initial agave shoots and that early agave crop flourished. Iñaki worked day and night to plant more than 175,000 more shoots.

Early on, Iñaki simply planned to grow agave as raw product for other tequila companies. Later, he began thinking about launching a private label brand for restaurants and bars, but his dream kept getting bigger. When the elders heard that Iñaki planned to launch his own premium tequila brand, they thought he had lost his mindToday, Riazul Premium tequilas are available in hundreds of restaurants, bars, and retail outlets throughout Texas and in parts of New York, Illinois, Florida, Arizona and Nevada.

The high elevation, cool climate, and red volcanic soils — or tierra roja — give rise to agave that matures for close to a decade before reaching harvesting quality. During that time, the agave soaks up unique aromas and flavors indigenous only to this region. Agaves harvested in the Jalisco highlands contain higher sugar content, resulting in more aromatic tequilas with sweeter tasting notes.

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar
358 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610
312.302.9977
http://www.zocalochicago. com

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Dishes and Drinks to Share on Sweetest Day

A Variety of Venues Offer Cozy Cocktails and Amorous Appetizers

Saturday, October 16, 2010
Times/Prices Vary

Sweetest Day will be celebrated throughout the city and suburbs with just-for-two, tempting drinks and dishes. From rockin’ River North eateries to casual neighborhood gems and a stylish suburban establishment, there are a variety of romance-inducing selections to choose from:

Nacional 27

Adam Seger has created 27 ounce, custom cocktails perfect for sharing over dinner or sipping in the lounge.

“27 Ounces of Fun” served in a 27 ounce cocktails glass with two straws

27 Ounces of Passion $22
a twist on a traditional daiquiri: cardamom- and hibiscus-infused rum, lime juice and passion fruit syrup

Latin Long Island $27
gin, vodka, cachaca, rum, tequila, lime, passion, coca cola

Tiki Punch $21
exotic juices, spices, rum, Spanish gin, little umbrellas

Sangria $17
White / Red / Sparkling / Passion Ginger / Mango Lime

Nacional 27 offers a variety of perfect-for-sharing dishes, such as the N27 Combination Platter, Taco Flight, Caliente Shrimp and Scallop Nachos, Ceviche Sampler, Gaucho BBQ 30″ skewers and Latin Paellas. Plan to double date? The party menu is also a fun option for dinner. Complete the evening with Saturday night salsa dancing!

Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar

“Lovers’ Libations”

Citrus Cazuelas for Two, $14
Cuervo citrus tequilas, aguardiente and white wine with citrus juices and a splash of squirt citrus soda, served in a traditional terra cotta bowl.

“The Date Plate”

Appetizer Sampling Platter, $12
Three signature appetizers: Empanadas (black beans and plantains, tomatillo salsa, fresco cheese); Flautas (Mexico City style taquitos with chicken tinga, tomatillo salsa, red cabbage, fresco cheese, guacamole) and Salpicon de Res (shredded beef tostadas, sherry-chipotle vinaigrette, romaine lettuce, red onion, fresco cheese).

Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar

“Fondue for Two”

Fondue Trio, $9
Blue cheese, goat cheese and Italian cheese blend (reggiano and fontina) served with crostini, apples and sopressata for dipping. A hand-selected wine pairing is available for an additional $9.

The Smoke Daddy

“Sweet Treat”

The Famous Skillet Cookie $6.50
Huge chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream and our homemade caramel sauce.

D.O.C. Wine Bar Chicago

“Luscious in Lincoln Park”

Dessert Wine Flight, $16.50
Moscado, sherry and port wines paired with chocolates

D.O.C. Wine Bar West

“Fondue for Two”

Fondue Trio, $9
Blue cheese, goat cheese and Italian cheese blend (reggiano and fontina) served with crostini, apples and sopressata for dipping. A hand-selected wine pairing is available for an additional $9.

Location Information

Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron Street, Chicago. 312.664.2727 http://www.n27chicago.com

Zocalo, 358 W. Ontario, Chicago. 312.302.9977 http://www.zocalochicago.com

Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar, 3358 N. Paulina Street, Chicago. 773.248.5222 http://www.frascapizzeria.com

Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division Street, Chicago. 773.772.6656 http://www.thesmokedaddy.com

D.O.C. Wine Bar, 2602 N. Clark Street, Chicago. 773.883.5101 http://www.docwinebarchicago.com

D.O.C. Wine Bar, The Shops on Butterfield, 326 Yorktown Center, Lombard. 630.627.6666 http://www.docwinebarchicago.com

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Zocalo’s New Daily Dining Deals

Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar, located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, has announced a new daily dining deal line-up that is now available to dining and bar guests. The schedule of offerings is listed below.

Zocalo updates the traditional flavors of Mexican cuisine, through braised and slow roasted meats, Yucatan-style marinades, classic Oaxacan moles and seafoods and ceviches as served on the beaches of Mexico. Tequila is certainly an important element to the restaurant, as over 130 varieties of 100% Blue Agave and Mezcal selections are offered neat, or served in signature margaritas and custom cocktails.

Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar: Modern Taste. Authentic Mexican.

NEW DAILY DINING DEALS

Available Everyday
Hora Feliz  – Happy Hour
Half price appetizers in the bar area 5pm-7pm

Monday
Margarita Madness

Zocalo Margaritas $5
Tropical Margaritas $6 (Pomegranate, Prickly Pear, Passion Mango, Guava)

Tuesday
Mas Tacos y Tequila, Por Favor!

All you care to enjoy tacos $12
(Barbacoa, Chicken Tinga, Yucatan-style pulled pork, Birria)
Half off all tequila, including flights

Wednesday
Wine & Dine

Create your own 3 course dinner $25
Half price (all) bottles of wine

Thursday
Dine at Nine

All food items half price after 9pm (dine-in only, excludes tax and gratuity)
Sangria and Citrus Cazuelas $5

Friday and Saturday
Live Music and late night Tequila Lounge

Live music and DJ after 8pm (Latin funk, global beats, deep house)
Late night menu offered; Half price appetizers 10pm-Midnight
Bottle service and tequila locker service available

Sunday
Dine with me!

Buy one entree, receive one free (with purchase of an appetizer and dessert)
Cerveza Victoria $3, Modelo Especial $3

Lunch Service: Monday-Friday, 11:30am-2:30pm

Dinner Service: Sunday-Tuesday, 5pm-10pm; Wednesday-Thursday 5pm-11pm;
Friday-Saturday, 5pm-Midnight

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar
358 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610
312.302.9977
www.zocalochicago.com

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