This week took me to the exciting Logan Square neighborhood for dinner! Logan Square is bustling, full of hip restaurants and cool bars. Our pick for the week? Mi Tocaya Antojeria, a charming Mexican restaurant located at 2800 W. Logan Blvd. We came in around 7:30 on a Tuesday night and the place was packed. The space is beautiful- brightly colored, with lovely tiles and succulents. It is quite small and the inside of the restaurant was very noisy. Next time, I would definitely try to get a table outside on the patio- it looked lovely and would be much less loud. If you love to share, Mi Tocaya is the place for you. The plates are small and ideal for sharing! We started with two appetizers: the guacamole and the ceviche de camaron. The ceviche was absolutely delicious, but the portion was relatively small considering the price. We were intrigued by the Peanut Butter & Lengua (lengua means tongue in Spanish), but none of us were brave enough to try it. For our next course, we had to try one of each taco. The first was the Milpa: charred butternut squash and chile, beans, and a corn crema. The second was the Pollo Oaxacueno: smoked chicken, salsa, and zapoteca chapulines. The third was the Shrimp Al Aljillo: grilled shrimp topped with salsa roja, grilled corn, and pecans. And finally, the Campechano: chorizo, cochinita, and carne asada. My favorite was the Milpa! The combination of the butternut squash with the corn crema was divine. My dad loved the Campechano; he described it as “outstanding”. Finally, we ordered two dishes from the “Antojos” section of the menu. The first was the longaniza with rajas and queso fresco. Longaniza is a Spanish meat, very similar to chorizo. Rajas are peppers; akin to poblanos. This dish was awesome, absolutely one of our favorites. The second thing we chose was the Enchiladas Potosinas. Unfortunately, we were all disappointed in this one. It was our least favorite of all the dishes we chose. Among other things, the portion size was really small. All in all, we loved our experience at Mi Tocaya! The food was delicious and unique- definitely different from the standard Mexican food offerings.
Mi Tocaya does take reservations- you can reserve a table online here. Hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5 to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 11 pm, and Sundays from 5 to 9 pm. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
RACHEL HOOVLER & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO