El Mariachi remains near and dear to my Mexican food loving heart for so many reasons, but it still remains my first love for margaritas. I found this place a long time ago with a friend when we were in the neighborhood to see a theater show. Lucky for us we were not opposed to their tiki-esque bar decor and decided to saddle up for some margaritas before going on our merry way. Success is not only in their traditional lime margs, but their Pineapple margarita is hands down my favorite fruity flavored margs in the city.
Aside from their tasty drinks, like many notable Mexican restaurants, they make their tortilla chips in-house. Of course they are going to be above average because they are homemade, but I have had a lot of chips and I’m telling you these are some of THE BEST I have had in Chicago. And, if you decide to upgrade from the complimentary salsa, I recommend ordering up the guacamole which is made to your spice-level liking table-side. By the time it comes to actually eating their food, which is quite good, I’m usually filled up on chips and margaritas!