Posted in Bands, Bar Scene, Chicago Events, Dating, events, food, getting around, Live Music, lunch, music, nightlife, restaurants, things to do, Weekend Activities, tagged Carmen Gonzalez, celebration, chicago dining, chicago restaurants, Fernando's, Lakeview, Mama, margarita, mariachi band, mexican cuisine, Mexican food, tequila bar on June 23, 2009 |
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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC5 Street Team
Everyone has a Mama, but not everyone has a “Mama” like Fernando’s Tequila Bar and Restaurant. That’s because Executive Chef Carmen Gonzalez is the matriarch of the twenty-five year old Mexican joint and has been in the industry for forty-five years. Carmen, affectionately known as “Mama” by the regulars and her kitchen staff, is married to husband Fernando and together have made their restaurant a mainstay for authentic Mexican regional cuisine.
Like most Mexican restaurants, Fernando’s menu consists of traditional items such as burritos, tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas and fajitas. Two dishes that are special to Fernando’s are the Chicken Oaxaca (a boneless chicken breast cooked in a paper bag) and Grilled Rainbow Trout (topped with garlic and cucumber). The ceviche ixtapa appetizer stood out, but the queso fundido needs some work. What really makes Fernando’s hop are their signature hand-blended margaritas specially prepared by Fernando himself. Fresh fruits and their secret family recipe may have contributed to Fernando’s selling more than 3,400,000 margaritas over the past twenty-five years. The atmosphere definitely feels like a friendly neighborhood spot and is great for families.
Fernando’s, located at 3450 N. Lincoln Ave in the Lakeview area, will celebrate 25 years on July 22nd. Food samplings, a mariachi band, and tequlia samplings will highlight some of the festivities. For more information call (773) 477-6930. Also check out www.efete.net for more dining options and watch Fete Select TV to get an inside look at the newest and hottes restaurants in Chicago.
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Posted in Bar Scene, Chicago, events, food, Live Music, restaurants, things to do, tagged block party, capairinha, Cinco de Mayo, Itika Oldwine, margarita, Mexican food, Mexican-American eatery, Milwaukee Ave., mojito, Salud Tequila Lounge, tequila, Tex Mex, wicker park on May 5, 2009 |
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Itika Oldwine, NBC Chicago Street Team
It’s official, Chicagoans definitely know how to commemorate Cinco de Mayo in true celebratory spirit! This past weekend Salud Tequila Lounge (www.saludlounge.com) hosted their 3rd Annual Block Party in honor of the holiday. According to General Manager Adam Geenen, the idea behind the Cinco de Mayo Block Party started three years ago
Salud Block Party
when May 5 fell on a Saturday, and now Salud’s Cinco de Mayo Block Party is a tradition. Many neighborhood locals look forward to the Saturday just before Cinco de Mayo to hang outdoors, listen to live music, chug Corona’s and gnosh on chips and salsa, a perfectly prepared empanada or any other south-of-the-border fave served at this upscale Mexican-American eatery.
If you missed out on their Cinco de Mayo Block Party this year, there’s still a lot of great reasons to visit Salud, starting with their awesome drink menu. Salud’s specialty margaritas, mojitos and caipirinhas are some of the city’s best, and a lot of it is due to the fresh ingredients and the special tequila pairing that they create for all of their cocktails, as explained to me by Elizabeth their very helpful hostess. One of my
Mango Mojito, Strawberry Margarita, Salud, Cadillac Margarita
favorite concoctions prepared for me during my visit was the Strawberry Margarita that attributes its fresh off-the-vine taste to the strawberries that are infused in-house. Their Mango Mojito is made with mango infused rum, fresh mint and hand squeezed lime juice and the house specialty margarita is the “Salud,” it’s prepared with Arette Blanco Tequila… and let’s just say it packs a punch.
So, if you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year, or are in the mood for a meal and a cocktail with great Mexican flare, I highly recommend you head over to Salud Tequila Lounge in Wicker Park.
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