Ay Chiwowa

Near North Side

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In a Nutshell

Michelin-rated chef Kevin Hickey brings his careful touch to the new menu, with bacon al pastor tacos and guacamole with mango and pepitas

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Choose from Three Options

  • $55 for a pre-game fiesta for eight or more, including one taco sampler and one pitcher of margaritas, valid from 10 p.m.–12 a.m. ($117 value)
  • $39 for late night bites for four, including two appetizers and four kegged cocktails, valid from 10 p.m.–12 a.m. ($78 value)
  • $135 for a table tequila kit for six or more, including chips, salsa, and guacamole, valid from 10 p.m.–12 a.m. ($314 value)
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Ay Chiwowa

Tequila is "much more than that aggressive hard shot," Ay Chiwowa owner Arturo Gomez once told USA Today. He continued: "People are now paying premium prices for these spirits, drinking them over the rocks and neat." He should know. His eatery is just as much a tequileria as a taqueria (it's other claim to fame), serving more than 100 tequilas at the bar and fresh margaritas on tap. Diners can sample multiple styles in a flight or order a tequila-based cocktail such as the Batanga with Cazadores Blanco, lime juice, Mexican cola, and a salted rim.

Then there's the food. The recently revamped menu from Michelin-rated chef Kevin Hickey starts off on a daring note, pairing crunchy pork rinds with sauce made from infamously hot ghost chilies. From there, patrons can dig into several contemporary Mexican dishes, such as sweet corn elotes and mushroom quesadillas. But tacos remain the specialty, filled with creative stuffings like tortilla-crusted cod and bacon al pastor, the latter of which is so sacred to foodies, it can't be said out loud.

Customer Reviews

Good food and vibe. If you typically eat late on the weekends its a great stop to get dinner/drinks and a relaxed atmosphere for girls night or date night. It can get packed during the warmer months however, and the space is pretty tight.
Pamela L. · February 2, 2015
There's a younger crowd if that makes a difference.
Nello R. · January 22, 2015
Small fun place - food was very tasty - the menu is small - appetizers, tacos and tortas - great margaritas
Rob P. · January 7, 2015

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