While the West Loop's Restaurant Row has authentic Mexican food at Perez, Bar Takito added a chef-driven spot with a superb tequila list and cocktails focused on seasonal ingredients. Chef David Dworshak (Carnivale, Spring) and general manager Adam Weber (Trenchermen) work in tandem to craft a symbiotic food and beverage program that lets ingredients really, truly shine. The 50-bottle tequila list takes center stage and is even integrated into some food items. The pair has a good ole time with their cocktails, adding names like Milky Guey and Thyme is of the Effervescence.
THE DRINK TO DRINK:
The Avocado Shake showcases the bar's collaboration with the kitchen. The cocktail has cilantro, coriander, avocado and yogurt whey for a little tartness, all blended with El Mayor blanco and Chareau Aloe Vera liqueur.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
You may be tempted to stick with a basic lime Margarita. But with all those tequila options available, let the bartenders give you an education in agave.