**** (4 stars)
I’d been to a Cantina Laredo in another city quite a few times, and always thought it was just okay, but this location is exceptional.
First, the interior decor is impressive, with a dramatic open stairway and nice use of woods throughout.
I’ve learned from my other visits to the chain that it’s best to stay with the appetizers, so we shared the tableside guacamole, chili con queso, and ahi tuna tacos. All were excellent, in fact about as good as I’ve had. I particularly liked the tender raw tuna and thin, crisp shells of the tacos.
The ceviche was okay, but not as good as others we’ve had.
The hot and mild salsas are just adequate, but the complementary chips are wonderfully fresh and crisp.
I also want to give a shout out to the 3 Amigos margarita, which is served deconstructed with an upside down mini-bottle of Corona in it, and the tequila on the side. Very interesting and tasty, and I would definitely order it again.
Service was friendly and efficient, and noise levels at lunch time were low, although it looks like it could get loud at night.
508 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654