cafe iberico specializes in the regional cuisines of Spain.
i visited cafe iberico during my first trip to chicago and it was my first experience w/tapas. tapas are almost like the spanish version of dim sum where they are little dishes you share family style, kinda like appetizers, kinda not. we were seated in the "sala medieval" room.
loved the paella.
Favorite Dish: loved the:
PAELLA MARINERA - Seafood paella made with shrimp, fish, clams, and other seafood in a special saffron broth.
A very popular restaurant just east of the River North gallery scene. The tapas are excellent and fairly priced. There are several rooms -- some very big indeed! It's noisy and bustling -- a great place for a VT GTG :) [The sangria's on me:)]
Favorite Dish: PINCHO DE POLLO Chicken brochette with caramelized onions and rice ... mmmmmmm
My favorite restaurant in Chicago. Not because of the food, but because of the party like atmosphere. This is a Tapas restuarant so the more people you go with, the better your experience.
Favorite Dish: If you can remember what you ate at this place you didn't have that much sangria.
Seriously, the memories of this place are not of the food but of the hangovers.
Try not to order any squid dish. I did remember having that and it was like eating a cooked rubber band.
Ivan (Ivan_Jimenez), a native Spaniard, says that sangria is drunk only in July and August. So if you go in winter you may want to just have wine for a less sterotypical experience. You might also want to take off your Traje de Luces and slip into a dress shirt and khaki pants.
This is a tapas bar, so you order small little dishes of food (like sauteed mushrooms or such). But they have entrees too, like my rabbit. Anyway, it's truly a Spanish dining experience. Excellent food, and the place looks pretty neat also, with wines hanging all over the ceiling.
Favorite Dish: CONEJO ASADO CON CASTANAS -- roasted rabbit in a chestnut sauce.... mmmmmmmm.... this is a 'daily special,' so they may not have it if you go.