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Quiote | The Mezcal Bar

Finding a good place to eat is always a challenge. Everyone has to agree and there are too many places to decide. Finding a good place open on a Monday night is even harder because a lot of places are closed. I was delighted to discover that Quiote was open, not only on Monday nights, but also for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week and that the food was incredible. I’m not sure when or if the owner and chef of Quiote, Dan Salls, gets any sleep.

Quiote wears many sombreros. At breakfast they serve conchas (Mexican sweet bread) and Sparrow Coffee. At lunchtime you can dine at the “Quiote Taqueria” and order tacos, tortas or salads. As one would expect, they serve dinner in the evening but also have a downstairs bar which has it’s own side street entrance. The Mezcal Bar offers over 80 types of mezcal.

The food is contemporary Mexican, influenced by different regions throughout Mexico. I was unfamiliar with many of the ingredients listed on the menu but found the dishes to be gentle, comfortable and well-balanced. It could take 5-7 visits to thoroughly experience the full range of food that Quiote has to offer and at least another 86 visits to learn the varieties of mezcal. With every chance to dine out, there are more and more great places to try, both new and tried and true. I have no reservations about moving Quiote high up in my go-to rotation list.


Starters

Quesillo y Jamon, Country Ham Queso Oaxaca, Escabeche ($13)

Quesillo y Jamon, Country Ham Queso Oaxaca, Escabeche ($13)

Tostadas

Pan y Tostadas, Publican Quality Bread, Salsa, Butter (only tostadas shown)

Crab Tostada, Mustard Seed, Black Lime, Uni Hot Sauce, Watermelon Radish ($12)

Crab Tostada, Mustard Seed, Black Lime, Uni Hot Sauce, Watermelon Radish ($12)

Crab Tostada, Mustard Seed, Black Lime, Uni Hot Sauce, Watermelon Radish ($12)

Crab Tostada, Mustard Seed, Black Lime, Uni Hot Sauce, Watermelon Radish ($12)

Avocado Salad, Brussels Sprouts, Lemon, Tomatillo, Quinoa ($13)

Avocado Salad, Brussels Sprouts, Lemon, Tomatillo, Quinoa ($13)

Squash, Pipian, Shallot, Queso Fresco ($10)

Squash, Pipian, Shallot, Queso Fresco ($10)

Mexicali Shrimp, Mojo de Ajo, Sun-dreid Tomato, Jalapeno ($11)

Mexicali Shrimp, Mojo de Ajo, Sun-dried Tomato, Jalapeno ($11)

Cauliflower, Tomatillo, Fresno, Almond ($11)

Cauliflower, Tomatillo, Fresno, Almond ($11)

Oven-Roasted Cabbage, Pumpkin Seed, Serrano, Burnt Sourdough ($10)

Oven-Roasted Cabbage, Pumpkin Seed, Serrano, Burnt Sourdough ($10)


Entree

Bone Marrow, Avocado, Salsa Macha, Sourdough

Bone Marrow, Avocado, Salsa Macha, Sourdough ($17)


Desserts

Tres Leches, Cajeta, DUlce De Leché, Milk Jam (9)

Tres Leches, Cajeta, Dulce De Leché, Milk Jam ($9)

Tres Leches, Cajeta, DUlce De Leché, Milk Jam ($9)

Tres Leches, Cajeta, Dulce De Leché, Milk Jam ($9)

Churro, Piloncillo Ice Cream, Banana, Chile Peanut Butter ($9)

Churro, Piloncillo Ice Cream, Banana, Chile Peanut Butter ($9)

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Menu at Quiote


The Mezcal Bar

Side street entrance to the Quiote bar

Side-street entrance to The Mezcal Bar. Look for the neon agave sign.

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The Mezcal Bar carries over 80 types of mezcal.

Mezcal

The higher-end mezcals, meant for sipping, are on the top center shelf.

Hotel Victoria. Mezcal, Arrack, Lemon, Aji Pineapple Cordial ($12)

Hotel Victoria. Mezcal, Arrack, Lemon, Aji Pineapple Cordial ($12)

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Quiote | 2456 N California Ave, Chicago IL | 312 878 8571

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