The folks behind Taco Joint have a new concept next door to their Lincoln Park location. It's called The Mexican, and it's inspired by the diner-style spots, called fondas, seen in Mexico City. The restaurant is already open in the old Rustic House space, which closed this summer, ending a four-year run.
Owner Edgar Castaneda wants diners to mix and share items off chef Edgar Torres' menu. There's tacos, fajitas and even rotisserie chicken. Keeping with city trends, there's a selection of mezcal and tequilas, plus craft cocktails that are accompanied by Mexican and local beer. DNAinfo first reported the opening.
Inside, there's a homey feeling with a distressed-brick fireplace for those winter nights, reclaimed-timber paneling and hand-painted tables and chairs. The interiors are supposed to mimic those aforementioned Mexican fondas.
They're only open for dinner, but lunch and brunch is upcoming.
The Mexican, 1967 N. Halsted St., (312) 460-3200, open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday to Thursday; 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday.