- $30 for $50 worth of brunch, valid Saturday and Sunday
The latest press-lauded spot from restaurateur Jerry Kleiner—known to Chicagoans as the man behind the colorful Carnivale—Barbakoa complements gourmet Latin fare with an imaginatively upscale atmosphere. Patrons savor their ceviche, paella, and wood-grilled short ribs amidst whimsical décor accented with vibrant hues of orange, green, and hot pink.
Just as the dining room's visuals make some unexpected pairings, so do items on the menu. Traditional recipes underpin the work of chef Dudley Nieto and pastry chef Quetzal Alvarez, but the duo revels in inventive twists. This sense of adventure results in dishes like coconut-ginger shrimp tacos with Asian slaw, Guajillo marinated chicken with pickled vegetables, passionfruit sorbet, and chocolate tacos.