Mago Grill & Cantina – delicious discovery in South Loop

We were invited to visit here recently after we’d heard about Mago Grill & Cantina‘s fun and creative take on combining traditional Hanukkah dishes with a Mexican flair. The location was a surprise – the sophisticated and beautiful shopping complex called The Roosevelt Collection (off E. Roosevelt Rd., next to the Target store and near Clark St. in the South Loop). But the food surprised us even more – so very, very good.

The space at Mago is expansive. Almost a suburban type ambiance – spacious, modern, colorful. But the food is quite a few levels above what you usually find in a typical suburban establishment.  Perfect for savvy sophisticated millennials, yet totally family friendly. The tables are set far enough apart that you have real privacy for your conversations. Ideal for ladies who lunch and want to shop at a few upscale shops afterwards, or for baby boomers looking to enjoy an excellent meal and some good conversation. The space is open and welcoming enough that almost anyone will feel comfortable.

It was fun perusing the menu – both the Hanukkah specials and the regular items. We greatly enjoyed the homemade taco chips with three types of salsa – mild, medium and really hot (made with sesame seeds). Our server Ageo was most helpful explaining the menu and making suggestions. We tried a few things specifically at his recommendations and they were excellent.

For starters we tried, at our server’s recommendation, the empanadas. Excellent choice. A delicious crust with a great deal more character than most we’ve tasted before. The shrimp empanada was especially flavorful – tasted like shrimp of the highest quality roasted to perfection. Crispy turnovers served with frisee, queso cotija and crema Mexicana, in a choice of ground beef picadillo with chimichurri, chicken tinga with roasted tomato salsa, or tequila shrimp with habanero salsa. And you get to choose one each of two choices. Lovely!
Mago Camarones en Chile
Mago Camarones en Chile

The Camarones en Chile was nicely roasted shrimp in a savory poblano pepper sauce, served with special chunky mashed potatoes and a huge pile of roasted poblano peppers, all bathed in a succulent brown sauce. Delicious.

Another shot of the beef rib with mole - num!
Another shot of the beef rib with mole – num!
 The short rib – a regular menu item – was dressed up for the Jewish holiday. Tender, richly browned and served with a rich, thick, dark mole sauce and a chunk of grated, seasoned plantain that was fried crisp and tasted amazingly good. As a side, the chef prepared potato latkes and added cilantro to honor Hanukkah and give them a Mexican touch. This dish smelled and tasted so good that my granddaughter came home from school and immediately consumed the leftovers.
Mago coconut flan
Mago coconut flan

The flan of the week was coconut – incredibly thick and not too sweet and loaded with coconut, drizzled generously with rich caramel sauce and topped with a big beautiful pile of whip cream and a strawberry. It was served in a huge dish dusted with powdered sugar. No problem polishing off this gem all by myself.

This was one of our favorite recent restaurant meals  – and so surprising for a weekday lunch. Felt like a 4-star dinner. Mago Grill & Cantina is well worth a trip for its creative approach to blending cuisines and its commendable attention to the details of execution that take dishes several notches above the usual.
Mago Grill & Cantina is located at 1010 S. Delano Court East. The place is a breeze to get to. CTA buses and trains are a short walk away. And if you drive, no need to fight downtown traffic hassles. Take Lake Shore Drive to Roosevelt or the Dan Ryan and pull right in. The shopping mall has ample underground parking – no need to stress on that score either. Go here. We will be back with friends very soon to try more dishes on the menu.


137 thoughts on “Mago Grill & Cantina – delicious discovery in South Loop”

  1. Pingback: JakeGeruson
  2. Pingback: Tiger nuts butter
  3. Pingback: buy cbd oil
  4. Pingback: cbd for sale
  5. Pingback: cbd for dogs
  6. Pingback: cbd oils for pain
  7. Pingback: Canadian art
  8. Pingback: parakeet bath
  9. Pingback: Gene-Vihodsef
  10. Pingback: cbd oil for dogs
  11. Pingback: best cbd for dogs
  12. Pingback: best cbd gummies
  13. Pingback: best cbd gummies
  14. Pingback: cbd oil
  15. Pingback: cbd oil near me
  16. Pingback: Quote
  17. Pingback: candle club
  18. Pingback: Picture quotes
  19. Pingback: soap2day
  20. Pingback: free shipping
  21. Pingback: cut files
  22. Pingback: permainan slot
  23. Pingback: mega888 vip login
  24. Pingback: 홀덤사이트
  25. Pingback: c34r54wxw4r34c3
  26. Pingback: RC Scale Trial
  27. Pingback: Kingpen
  28. Pingback: mega888 register
  29. Pingback: Tangela Allman
  30. Pingback: Aaron Lal
  31. Pingback: Drucker Miete
  32. Pingback: casino club
  33. Pingback: skin care products
  34. Pingback: film izle
  35. Pingback: hd film izle
  36. Pingback: hd film izle
  37. Pingback: canada pharmacy
  38. Pingback: kitchen appliances
  39. Pingback: sàn forex
  40. Pingback: family movie 2019
  41. Pingback: sisteme de copiat
  42. Pingback: in Canada
  43. Pingback: Rumah bsd
  44. Pingback: here
  45. Pingback: sàn forex
  46. Pingback: pedopornografia
  47. Pingback: brokerreview scam
  48. Pingback: silencil reviews
  49. Pingback: kitchen decor
  50. Pingback: free porn video
  51. Pingback: proven
  52. Pingback: 메리트카지노
  53. Pingback: cbd for sale
  54. Pingback:
  55. Pingback: mega888 login
  56. Pingback: LURSSEN YACHTS
  57. Pingback: dg casino
  58. Pingback: mitrade lua dao
  59. Pingback: royal cbd products
  60. Pingback: cbd for sale
  61. Pingback: news
  62. Pingback: OnlyFans account
  63. Pingback: Christmas Jewelry
  64. Pingback: cxqw234xracrwcr4
  65. Pingback: Face Mask Kids
  66. Pingback:

Comments are closed.