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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.Fernandos

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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Shlomi Rabi, NBC5 Street Team

The current economic slump makes it all-too-easy to find Sale signs dangling above clearance bins, perched on beechwood shelves, and stenciled in white bold letters on storefronts.

However, despite the sales and the Fata Morgana that you, too, could walk with a three-piece YSL suit for a dollar (hint: prepare to hear “So sorry, we actually just sold the last one”), many of the truly desirable items are still overpriced.

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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC5 Street Team

Chicago has some great neighborhoods with excellent restaurants.  The major “hoods” that I frequent are Bucktown, Wicker Park, Gold Coast, River West, River North and the South Loop.  My neighborhood in Lakeview has some pretty darn good restaurants as well.  Recently I had the pleasure of dining at another Lakeview standout on North Broadway, Angelina Ristorante.

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Shlomi Rabi, NBC5 Street Team

If I ever get the urge to see something new, refreshing and beautiful, I put on a wig and stare in the mirror. It helps. Or if I ever feel lost (“where did I put my Chanel?”), confused (“what did I do with my Chanel?”), or angry (“why do I not have enough Chanel?”), I go to the one thing that provides me with comfort, confidence and direction: my reflection.

That said, not everyone has the privilege of seeing me whenever they are in need of visual superiority, which is why a great place to check out this weekend is Lakeview’s Market Days. In addition to the many cuts of, umm… beef (they call it “Market” for a reason) and the huge variety of abs and pecs, revelers will also have the option of watching live music on the Belmont, Roscoe and Addison stages with performances by Jennifer Holliday (aka the original girl who’s telling you she’s not going), Think Floyd, Expose and Powder. The squillion stands would provide you with the option of getting a Bud Light, booking your next vacation with Orbitz (a favored destination spot for many gays is my bedroom–I’m just sayin), buying a ticket with the Illinois Lottery, signing up for subscription with Instinct Magazine, and get a membership with Crunch Fitness, and–to those who are truly lucky–the opportunity to see me.

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