In a city flush with Mexican food, two Chicagoans are setting out to create a space that brings the food of their youth to the mouths of locals. Enter Barbaro Taqueria y Cantina, a new Mexican restaurant and bar from David Morales Castañeda and Hector Herrera Yepez (La Haciendita Taqueria). The pair plan to open the restaurant on Tuesday at 2525 W. North Avenue in a space that formerly housed West Town Pizza Shop.
“We wanted to make a space where we would hang out and grab a cocktail or food, but also a place that our parents might want to hang out,” Morales said. “It’s not ‘too cool’ for them, they’d feel the space is welcoming.”
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Morales and Herrera plan to feature familiar taco options like al pastor and carne asada, plus rotating regional specialities with seasonal ingredients. This won’t be a basic take on Mexican food as they’ll also serve cabeza and lengua.
Barbaro’s cocktail menu also offers takes on classic drinks including margaritas and palomas using fresh citrus and house-made syrups. Morales favors the piña colada: “I wouldn’t order it in most places because it’s too sweet, but this is one we’re really proud of.” Drinkers can also expect a signature michelada, rotating drafts with three Chicago beers, and bottles and cans of Mexican brews.
Barbaro Taqueria y Cantina is slated to open in Humboldt Park next week. Stay tuned for news of the opening.