[Photo: Nick Fochtman]
Less than five months after revealing plans for a West Loop expansion of Takito Kitchen that puts more focus on a drinks, Bar Takito is set to open today at lunchtime. You've already seen the pictures of the space, nestled right under the Green Line stop at Morgan and Lake Streets, and today you get the opportunity to pour over both the food and drink menus below.
Executive chef/partner David Dworshak has moved beyond the taco-dominated menu at Takito Kitchen, creating a slightly larger menu with more composed plates. A dish Dworshak thinks guests will enjoy is the pork shoulder mixiotes, which is like a make-your-own-tacos plate of chile herb rubbed pork inside of banana leaves. Beer tortillas and a tomato salad accompany the dish.
Bar Takito's menu also includes a few ceviches, a few items grilled on the plancha, as well as a dish of esquites that highlights contrasting textures of corn flan and roasted corn niblets. The stripped down lunch menu features a couple of tortas, one with lamb barbacoa (also featured on the dinner menu in a different form), and the vegetarian-friendly torta ahogado.
General manager/partner Adam Weber is also heading up the beverage program, and it rivals the food menu in size (fitting, since more room was given for the bar here). Weber's drinks include a caipirinha, five different margaritas, as well as a pisco olivo (grapefruit, ginger, honey, Velvet Falernum, Barsol Pisco in an olive oil-rimmed glass).
If beer's your thing, Bar Takito has two on tap, along with 26 craft and imports. All of the wines are priced at $9 by the glass or $36 for the bottle, alleviating sticker shock.