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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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Don Julio Tequila Events at Zocalo

Tequila Dinner and Tequila Tasting

Don Julio Tequila Dinner
Monday, December 12
6:30 p.m. cocktail reception, 7 p.m. dinner
$45 (plus tax and gratuity)

Don Julio Tequila Tasting
Tuesday, December 13
6:30 p.m.
$25 per person (all inclusive)

This December, Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar is holding back-to-back Don Julio tequila events.

On Monday, December 12, Zocalo will host a three-course, Don Julio-themed tequila dinner (menu listed below) featuring authentic Mexican cuisine and tequila pairings. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the dinner at 7:00 p.m. The event, led by a representative from Don Julio, includes an open bar of Zocalo margaritas, beer and wine. The fee to attend is $45 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Limited seating is available. Please call Zocalo to reserve a place in the Don Julio dinner.

The following day, Tuesday, December 13, Zocalo will host its monthly tequila tasting from 6:30-8 p.m.  Led by Zocalo’s resident tequila ambassador, Victor Baheza, the Don Julio tasting will feature two specialty cocktails, passed appetizers, and a sampling of blanco, reposado and anejo tequila – all set to live Latin music. A raffle will be held for participants to win Zocalo gift cards and bottles of Don Julio tequila, complete with tequila locker service. The all-inclusive fee is $25 per person. Please call Zocalo to reserve a spot in the tequila tasting.

Don Julio Tequila Dinner
Monday, December 12

First Course: Sopa de Flor de Calabaza
Creamy zucchini blossom soup served with oaxacan cheese-herb crostini
Paired with Don Julio Blanco

Second Course: Grilled Porkchop
A tender, grilled porkchop finished in a chipotle-citrus salsa and accompanied by a white sweet potato puree as well as a seasonal watercress-beat salad sprinkled with candied pecans
Paired with Don Julio Reposado

Third Course: Chayote Cheesecake
A velvety chayote cheesecake drizzled with a guava sauce and topped with berry compote
Paired with Don Julio Añejo

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

 

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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.

Entertainment
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
312.302.9977
ZocaloChicago.com

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“Dia de Los Muertos” Menu

Day of the Dead Dining at Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar

Special Dinner Menu: Friday, October 28 through Tuesday, November 2

Mexico’s Day of the Dead (“Dia de Los Muertos”) celebration is a popular and fascinating cultural holiday. People who have passed on are honored, remembered and prayed for by friends and relatives. The celebration, which traditionally takes place November 1 and 2, is more festive than somber, as many believe that during these two days the souls of the deceased return to visit their living relatives to eat, drink and be merry – as if they were living. Traditionally, families gather around the “ofrenda” or altar dedicated to the deceased, which is decorated with sugar skulls, candles, and a display of their favorite foods and drinks. In some parts of Mexico, families gather outside the home at the grave sites of their loved ones.

Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar will offer a special “Dia de Los Muertos” menu featuring Oaxacan cuisine, from Friday, October 28 to Tuesday, November 2. The special menu is outlined below. The full regular dinner menu will also be offered. Dinner is served Sunday-Thursday from 5-10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 5 p.m.-midnight.

“Dia de Los Muertos” Menu at Zocalo
Offered During Dinner Service October 28 – November 2

Antojito / Appetizer

Ceviche con Pasilla de Oaxaca $9
Seared scallops tossed in a citrus-pasilla dressing with orange segments, red onion and cilantro; served with malanga and plantain chips

Platoes Fuertes / Main Course

Mole Negro $18
Braised beef short ribs in a rich, flavorful black mole prepared in the traditional style of Oaxaca; served with a caramelized sweet potato puree and seasonal roasted vegetables

Pescadoen Mole Verde Oaxaqueño $20
Pan seared halibut in green Oaxacan mole served with a fava bean puree, sautéed baby carrots and asparagus

Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza $17
Zucchini blossom quesadillas served with garlicky white rice and fresh cactus salad

Postre / Dessert

Flan de Calabaza $6
Pumpkin flan infused with autumn spices and garnished with cinnamon whipped topping and candied pumpkin seeds

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

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Espolon Tequila Events at ZOCALO

Four Course “Day of the Dead” Tequila Dinner and Festive Tequila Tasting

“Day of the Dead” Tequila Dinner
Wednesday, October 12
6:30 p.m. cocktail reception, 7 p.m. dinner
$65 (plus tax and gratuity)

Espolon Tequila Tasting
Thursday, October 13
7-9 p.m.
$25 per person (all inclusive)

This October, Zocalo will host back-to-back tequila events with Espolon tequila in the spotlight. On Wednesday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m., the restaurant and tequila bar will welcome guests for a “Day of the Dead” themed tequila dinner, complete with a welcome cocktail, tequila pairings and infusions, and an open bar of Zocalo margaritas, beer, and wine. The four course menu, listed below, features ingredients that are indigenous to the region of Oaxaca. A representative from Espolon tequila will be leading this tasting event. Limited seating is available. Please call Zocalo 312-302-9977 to reserve your spot.

The following day, Thursday, October 13, Zocalo will host its monthly tequila tasting from 7-9 p.m. The all-inclusive fee of $25 includes two creative cocktails by resident tequila ambassador Victor Baheza, a tasting of Espolon tequilas, “Day of the Dead” themed appetizers and live music. A raffle will be held for a chance to win Zocalo gift cards and bottles of Espolon tequila complete with tequila locker service at either Zocalo or Taco Joint.

“Day of the Dead” Tequila Dinner Menu and Pairings
Wednesday, October 12

First Course: Ceviche de Camaro
Poached shrimp tossed in a morita-blood orange dressing with cilantro, shallots, diced avocado and blood orange segments paired with Espolon Tequila Blanco

Second Course: Crema de Calabaza
Crème of butternut squash with a hint of vanilla and a cotija cheese crostini paired with morita & citrus infused Espolon Tequila Blanco

Third Course: Moles de Oaxaca
Braised beef short ribs in rich, flavorful black mole andpan seared halibut with green mole prepared in the traditional style of Oaxaca; served with caramelized sweet potato purée, sautéed baby carrots and grilled asparagus paired with Espolon Tequila Reposado

Fourth Course: Tres Leches de Chocolate
Vanilla sponge cake soaked in a Oaxacan chocolate spiked three-milk sauce with cajeta whipped topping and mixed berry compote paired with roasted cacao & cinnamon infused Espolon Tequila Reposado

*dinner also includes open bar of Zocalo margaritas, beer and wine

Handcrafted with 100% pure blue agave, Espolon premium tequila celebrates real Mexico and its storied culture through classic 19th century artistry and the iconic rooster, a symbol of national pride. This super premium 100% pure Blue Agave tequila is crafted at the acclaimed San Nicolas distillery located in the Los Altos region of Jalisco, and is recognized as the “Best Factory in Mexico.”

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

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Cash Only Menu on Mondays at ZOCALO

$20 Prix Fixe with Payment in Cash

Every Monday Evening
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

$20 three course prix fixe (cash only)

With rising credit card fees affecting diners and restaurateurs across the city, Zocalo has created a way for locals to save on Monday evenings. As a part of a new dining event every week, a three course prix fixe menu will be offered for $20. This price applies to diners paying with cash.

The menu, listed below, is also available a la carte. Reservations are welcomed, not required. There is an ATM conveniently located across the street on Ontario. Tax and tip is not included.

Monday Prix Fixe Menu
three courses, $20 (cash only)
select one dish from each section

Antojitos/ Appetizers

Guacamole de Esquites 8
Freshly diced avocado with roasted corn, cotija cheese and chile piquin; served with assorted chips

Empanadas de Birria 8
Two Jalisco style lamb and pork stew turnovers with cascabel-morita salsa

PlatosFuertes / Main Course

Tacos en Cazuela 16
served with whole black beans and homemade corn tortillas
Barbacoa: Beef brisket garnished with cilantro & onion and roasted red jalapeño salsa
Cochinita Pibil: Yucatan style pulled pork garnished with pickled red onions and habanero salsa
Tinga de Pollo: Chipotle marinated shredded chicken garnished with “guaca” salsa and red cabbage

Mixiote de Pescado 16
Ancho-guajillo marinated tilapia baked in a maguey leaf wrap and cooked with roasted corn, diced mango, red onion, garlic and Mexican herbs; served with garlicky white rice

Bistec a la Mexicana 16
Marinated grilled steak simmered in “ranchera” salsa with roasted tomatoes, onions and sliced jalapenos; served with Mexican rice and refried black beans

Plato Vegetariano 15
Ask your server about this week’s preparation

Enchiladas Borrachas 15
Shredded chicken with “drunken” agave-pasilla salsa and fresh cactus salad

Postres/ Desserts

Buñuelos 8
Cinnamon and sugar fried-dough fritters drenched with mango-agave nectar and layered between sweetened goat cheese meringue; served with a “fried” ice cream lollipop

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

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ZOCALO Celebrates Mexican Independence Day

Tequila Dinner, Special Prix Fixe Menu, Tequila Tasting Event and Festive Live Music

Wednesday, September 14 – Sunday, September 18
events, prices and times vary

PARTIDA TEQUILA DINNER
Wednesday, September 14
6:30 p.m. reception / 7 p.m. dinner
$65 plus tax and gratuity

Brand Ambassador Jacques Bezuidenhout will lead this exclusive tasting event featuring four courses paired with Partida tequila. The dinner includes a specialty cocktail as well as unlimited beer and margaritas. Limited seating is available. Please call ZOCALO for reservations.

Course One: Caldo Tlapeño, tender shredded chicken, spicy chipotle broth, diced avocado and Chihuahua cheese crouton.

Course Two: Chile en Nogada, roasted poblano pepper stuffed with ground pork and beef as well as pears, apple, peaches, pineapple, raisins and allspice; topped with a tequila-walnut sauce and garnished with fresh pomegranate seeds. Served with Partida Tequila Blanco.

Course Three: Mar y Tierra, beef tenderloin medallion with a chipotle hollandaise sauce, pan roasted prawns in cilantro pesto, sautéed rapini and purple mashed potatoes, served with Partida Tequila Reposado.

Course Four: Buñuelos, cinnamon & sugar fried-dough fritters drenched with añejo “spiked” mango-agave nectar and layered between sweetened goat cheese meringue; served with a “fried” ice cream lollipop, served with Partida Tequila Añejo.

LIVE MUSIC!
September 15, 16 and 17
Enjoy Mexican Folkloric Music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from 8:30-11:30 p.m.

PARTIDA TEQUILA TASTING EVENT
Thursday, September 15
$30 per person (all inclusive)
7- 9 p.m.

Zocalo will host an evening of tacos, tequila, music and more! Participants will enjoy a creative cocktail by resident tequila ambassador Victor Baheza, a tasting of Partida tequilas, a traditional taquiza and live music. The all-inclusive fee of $30 includes one specialty cocktail, the tequila tasting, a selection of featured tacos and a raffle ticket for a chance to win Zocalo gift cards, bottles of Partida tequila and more.

MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY MENU
Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18
Available at Lunch and Dinner Service
$30 Three Course Prix-Fixe (or enjoy as a la carte specials)

-choose one item from each course-

Antojitos / Appetizers

Guacamole Patria 8
Freshly diced avocado mixed with tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, serrano chiles, cotija cheese and pomegranate seeds; served with assorted chips

Huaraches Tri-Color 9
Two traditional masa boats topped with shredded chicken and garnished with sour cream and fresco cheese; served over a green tomatillo salsa and a red guajillo salsa

Platos Fuertes / Main Course

Chile en Nogada 17
Roasted poblano pepper stuffed with ground pork and beef as well as pears, apple, peaches, pineapple, raisins and allspice; topped with a brandy-walnut sauce and garnished with fresh pomegranate seeds

Carne en su Jugo 17
Grilled flank steak in a pasilla broth with whole black beans, applewood smoked bacon and homemade chorizo; garnished with cilantro & onion, diced radishes and arbol peppers

Postre / Dessert

Buñuelos 8
Cinnamon & sugar fried-dough fritters drenched with añejo “spiked” mango-agave nectar and layered between sweetened goat cheese meringue; served with a “fried” ice cream lollipop

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

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