May 9, 2012
High end Mexican (yes, that now exists)
Solid, not special
- Wine / Cocktails:
Power Lunch always waits until after work.
When asked for the cuisine style to avoid when planning a biz lunch, my first response is Mexican. I usually associate this style of food (which I love, by the way) with casual evenings, drinks, and very un-biz like atmosphere.
Enter Cantina Laredo, a very Power Lunch worthy selection. Very modern decor with a youthful yet sophisticated vibe. You know I'm all about the atmosphere. This will be a treat for the client who may be tired of the "same old" choices. The only complaint you might hear is that this is one of a chain. True, but it's new to Chicago.
Cuisine choices are flavorful, less greasy and more expensive versions of the stuff we love, such as enchiladas, tableside guacamole (a must), fish tacos, etc. See below for my favorite.
This is state of the art Mexican and worth the price; of course, money is never a consideration anyway when entertaining a client. Remember that.
Chile Relleno, taking this basic dish to a new level of tasty with almonds, raisins and beef filling, covered in a very nice ranchero sauce.