We didn’t realize we could bring snacks to our candle-making class, so we were pretty hungry afterwards. DeColores seemed like a great option (we love Mexican food and it was on the way home!). So we drove north on Halsted to DeColores.
The restaurant is small and artsy, with a nice bar area when you walk in, as well as intimate booths with high backs and tables for larger groups. We were seated right away, and enjoyed fresh, warm tortilla chips and delicious salsa. Of course we had to order some pico de gallo, too, with flavorful, unexpected additions like strawberries and cucumber. It tasted so fresh like summertime. The salsa paired well with the drinks on the menu, like Ginger Lemon and Strawberry Basil.
For dinner, I ordered the steak tacos (mine with cilantro, onion, and lime on corn tortillas), of which I could only eat two I was so full, and Nate had the chicken flautas. Both dishes came with rice and beans, and Nate’s had a greens salad as well. The food was delicious–I really wanted to finish that last taco but just couldn’t (made a nice snack for Nate, though…win win!).
I would definitely come back to this little gem–the food was tasty and the staff was friendly and attentive. I’m always looking for new Mexican spots–let me know if you have any recommendations!
DeColores Mexican Restaurant
1626 South Halsted
So we already know how much I love Mexican food (as seen this week with my visit to Masa Azul), and I don’t think I’ve mentioned in the past 46 weeks how much I also love the WTTW show Check, Please!. This show is such a good resource for Chicagoans in search of that perfect gem that they might not have found otherwise. Enter Estrella Negra.
Nate and I watched the Check, Please! episode featuring Estrella Negra days before my birthday and decided to celebrate at the BYOB Mexican spot on Fullerton. The food looked delicious (it received high praise from the guests that week), the atmosphere was cool, and I think Nate knew I’d want to go somewhere new so I could share the experience.
We arrived on a cold fall night, and they had our table ready. The restaurant is decorated in design that looks like Dia de los Muertos art, and everything from the walls to the tables are covered with the eclectic décor.
I cannot say enough good things about how awesome our waiter was. He could not have been nicer and more attentive. He gave us time to make decisions, checked on us often, and friendly. When I’d mentioned we saw the restaurant on the show, he said that it very busy the weekend before (which is always great to hear!).
We brought our own wine, which we paired with out-of-this-world nachos (there was nothing left on the plate…nothing); spicy pozole soup that came with our meals; and I had pork tamales while Nate had enchiladas with mango. Everything was perfectly seasoned, and the portions were generous (I took one of three tamales home). The best part about all of the food was that it felt very homemade, like something your grandmother would make. But a lot of the menu items had a modern twist, like goat cheese (an added benefit for me!).
Another plus about Estrella Negra? Our bill. For all of that food it was about $30…total. We decided we have to come back again with our friends, to share the excellent food and hospitality with our friends.
2346 West Fullerton
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