Pilsen is very much an art district with a touch of hispanic culture and anything that requires an open creative mind. I highly suggest visiting this area during one of their Art on the Square days or just to wander into the unique shops and restaurants.
I had set up a special evening for my date beginning with a group Chocolate Truffle making class at Chocolat in Pilsen. Instructed by owner and third generation Chocolatier, Uzma Sharif, we were in for a fun-filled and educational night.
The class was a different way of experiencing Chicago from more of a local’s perspective. After 2 hours of mixing, tasting and learning we finally completed our masterpiece!
Does anyone else notice an issue with this picture??? My date was quite heavy-handed with the sea salt and cayenne pepper topping. After dumping more than half of the toppings, we ended up with cinnamon, caramel, and chipotle chocolate truffles. And, after tasting our fellow classmates…. we DEFINITELY made the best ones!! We even got kudos from the instructor!
We left and made our way across the street to a very understated hole in the wall restaurant, DeColores.
When we first walked in, I must admit I was a little nervous. There was one other table and it was filled with hippie like college kids. We were seated quickly and were handed the menu. Our waiter was friendly and was spot on with his recommendations.
We ordered the Guacamole at $6.95, a succulent blend of ripe avocados, lime, red onion, diced tomatoes, chile serrano, fresh cilantro, and cucumber. The cucumber adds a different texture than I am used to with guacamole. It gave it a crunch and a lightness about it. Rated 7/10
Their house made salsa was not the traditional Tex-Mex salsa I am used too but I swear I could have bathed in it!! It was so flavorful with the chile and tomatoes and chipotle smokiness that I just wanted more. Rated 9/10
For our entree, we order the Tampiquena at $16.50. A skirt steak dinner served with one queso chihuaha enchilada, Chile Banana stuffed with queso fresco and rice and beans. This is what I had been waiting for in Chicago’s Hispanic scene. Simple local ingredients prepare in an innovative yet traditional way. It was delicious!! Food doesn’t have to be complex and served in small portions with fancy designs. It just has to taste good and make you want more. Rated 8/10
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND going off of the beating path and finding the different sections of town. This is where you will discover authentic cuisine that is worth the extra drive!