For those Chicagoans who think that all Mexican food is basically the same: YOU HAVEN'T BEEN TO DON JUAN'S !! As a native of Glencoe who has travelled throughout Mexico on several occassions and who has been practicing law in Southern California for over 25 years, I promise that you will find the food here to be of exceptional quality and rare variety, with service that is family-friendly and knowledgeable. I have a very busy schedule, and I hate to waste time, so I wouldn't bother to write this review if I didn't passionately believe in what I say. One of the best features of the restaurant is that it caters to all palates, including the simple desires of children. You can get tacos (including vennison tacos for the discerning patron), enchiladas(including mole, which are fabulous) and a variety of tamales-all of which are decidedly superior to any I've had either in Chicago or Southern Callifornia (where the competition amongst Mexican restaurants is intense)-or you can "kick it up a notch" with a superlative chicken mole, where the chicken is (God forbid) never overcooked but always succulent ! The steak cubes simmered in a complex red ancho-chili sauce are so tender and the flavor is sublime, and the other beef and poultry dishes are of equal stature. Moreover, the seafood creations are both inventive and feature something still not tasted very often in Chicago: very fresh ocean seafood ! The appetizers range from deliscious clams and shrimp to traditional guacamole, and having lived for decades in the midst of the nation's avocado groves, I assure you that Don Juan procures only the pick of the harvest and knows how to let the rich and nutty flavor of the premium avocados speak for itself, eschewing the habit of other restaurants who have to use spices and hot sauces to mask the mediocrity of their dishes. The desserts are equally interesting and tasty, and the variety of tequilas, and availability of top-grade mescal, might lead you to drift off and believe that you're in a bar in Oaxaca or Vera Cruz rather than Edison Park. The prices are quite reasonable, ranging from rather inexpensive for the top-grade popular fare to higher for the beef and seafood, though still decidedly less than you'd pay for inferior quality dishes of similar ilk at a fancier place. I know many colleagues from Los Angeles who fly through O'Hare on business trips and actually hope they have a layover long enough to allow them to take a taxi to Don Juan for lunch or dinner, so the place is rapidly gaining a national exposure, and for good reason. Chicagoans: It is long past time for your taste buds to tell you what so many of us already know, which is something you will know forever when you walk out of the restaurant with a satisfied stomach and a big smile on your face: "Mexican" food and "fine dining" co-exist in perfect harmony in Edison Park- at Don Juan Restaurant !
I have been going to 4 Hermanos ever since they opened about 8 years ago, and I have always been very satisfied with the service and most important the quality of the food, and portion size have always been exellent. The pricing same thing very reasonable. I have been to more expensive places and have been shocked by the total cost of a Taco dinner and drink, sometimes $30 to $40 per person, the food barely OK. and havng to pay extra for jalapeno peppers or chips. I highly recommend 4 Hermanos to all mexican food lovers. What you will find here is authentic mexican cooking, affordable prices, and and friedly service by the owners and the staff, one of my favorites is the Tampiquena steak dinner, or Sopes. my wife prefers the Chilaquiles with steak, these tortilla chips that have been prepared with red or gren sauce tooped with chihuahua cheese and and piece of grilled steak, their rice and beans are my daugthter favorite, and my son just loves their burritos, I think I'll go there today. If you want want flash and have extra cash this may not be for you. I you really love good mexican food try 4 Hermanos, I guarantee you will come back many more times.
This gem hidden across the street from the Police Station on Lincoln is one of the best family comfort food restaurants I've been too. I'm afraid my tastes in Mexican fare are pretty pedestrian, but that's what they do best. Out of this world ground beef (picadillo) tacos made to order, phenomenal enchiladas, great burritos and salsa that is just spicy hot enough to make it real. They also have various beers and drinks at very reasonable prices especially for the ever -increasing-in-price Lincoln Square area. Three more reasons to go are that it's rarely busy, the service actually comes with a smile, and it is kept very clean. These are some friendly people, I hope they do well! VISIT AZTECA MEX TAQUERIA!!! !!!VIVA AZTECA MEX!!! Ben Zoltak BenZoltak.com