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Oct082010

Socialite Adventures - Zocalo Revisited

The first Socialite Adventure that I posted was to the fabulous Mexican restaurant Zocalo in Downtown Chicago and we decided to revisit it because A. the food was the bomb.com and B. my mom gave me a gift certificate that she purchased from restaurants.com that allowed $25 off if the order was $50 or more.  JACKPOT!  It's also 2 blocks away from my job, so perfectly convenient for grabbing a meal after work!  

First stop for me was the Martini Ranch because I had to wait for my best friend to get downtown after HER job in the 'burbs, so a cocktail for waiting was just what the doctor ordered!  They have amazing specials and the bartender Casey is very cool, so a stop for $2 shots and $5 martinis of the day was of the utmost priority lol.  Acai berry shots + razzleberry martinis = HAPPY VONNIE!  I'd suggest stopping there if you are in the downtown Chicago area, it's on Chicago Avenue near Orleans.

Then mi amiga Ashley showed up so that we could head to Zocalo for the sure to be fabulous meal.

A flight of Zocalo's best selling drinks were the first order of the day; the flight was comprised of a margarita, red wine sangria, and a Citrus Cazuela (Cuervo citrus tequilas, aguardiente, white wine, citrus juices, Squirt soda).    The sangria was very yummy (well, the one sip I had before ashley slurped it up! lol), the margarita was my favorite because it had the right balance of tart, sweet, and salt, and the citrus cazuela wasn't really one that I like, mainly because they put a heavy dash of what seemed like seasoning salt all over the top and I didn't find that to be appealing to my tastebuds.  

 

Appetizers were the divine elotes (grilled corn with mayonnaise, cajita cheese, and chile piquin.  It's absolutely amazing, dances on the taste buds.  I highly recommend that dish and you get 3 for only $5!

Clearly that's a crowd favorite!  Om Nom Nom!  Then, being greedy heiffers and having a $50 tab to get to, we ordered a Zocalo platter appetizer that included Empanadas (plantain dough turnovers filled with black beans and plantains, tomatillo salsa, fresco cheese, and sour cream), Flautas (crispy taquitos filled with chicken tinga and fresco cheese), and Salpicon De Res (cold shredded beef tostadas with fresco cheese, red onion, sherry chipotle vinaigrette).  Readers, this platter was so delicious!  It was my favorite part of the meal!

We both chose beef dishes for meals, Carne Asada Nortena (tequila marinated skirt steak, refried black beans, rojas poblanas, and salsa macha) for Ashley and Steak Fajitas Zocalo for me that had an absolutely awesome sauce.  Zocalo should be known for their sauces as far as I can tell, each and every one that I had was beyond amazing.  

Carne Asada NortenaFajitas ZocaloOverall, everything was superb really and I want to go back at some point soon.  Socialite APPROVED!

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