G Wiv wrote:
Consistently excellent food, with superb service and a great atmosphere.
I've not had a chance to try Mixteco, care to offer a few specifics beyond excellent, superb, great
as to why you feel Mixteco should be awarded a LTHForum GNR.
Thanks, I'm looking forward to trying Mixteco.
Sorry if I misunderstood the process here,I thought that the link to the extensive thread devoted to this new north side gem would speak for itself. If you peruse the thread there is an overwhelmingly positive slant to the many posts. I have found that Raul has planned this venture well, assembled a terrific staff and implemented a wildly successful business plan.
I have traveled extensively in Mexico over the past twenty plus years (my wife is from Mexico city) and I have come to appreciate the various styles of cuisine in that most interesting and varied country. Raul Arreola has apprenticed in some of the best Mexican restaurants in Chicago (eleven years with Rick Bayless, further experience with Geno Bahena in his various venues plus others) and his Mixteco has presented the fruits of his experience and imagination. His offerings at Mixteco are consistently interesting, inventive, varied, tasteful and well-executed. In a small space that has never supported a restaurant that has lasted more than a few months he has consistently drawn a huge local crowd that is well-served by an attentive and motivated staff. Mixteco consistently presents well-conceived Mexican dishes that outshine anything else in the neighborhood and stand up well to comparisons with other GNR restaurants in that genre if not exceeding them, such as Sol de Mexico, Fonda del Mar, La Quebrada and Casa de Isaac. I have been to all of them and none are better. There is nothing on the north side within many miles of Mixteco that present such well-done Mexican cuisine; I don't even try to go to Frontera (and I love Rick) any more because Mixteco is every bit as good and way easier to get to for me, less than two miles from my home, (local parking is never a problem) and way less expensive. I would recommend perusing the thread and trying it yourself; in my experience it certainly fits the category of a GNR.