Irazu is Chicago’s very own Costa Rican escape and is a great place to hit up with a group. Not only do they have great service, but you can enjoy the deliciousness of Costa Rican cuisine in a fun and happening atmosphere. They have fantastic appetizers like ceviche, patacones (double fried green plantains), and what I refer to as some “darn good” guacamole.
Irazu is super vegetarian-friendly, because they have an entire section of their menu devoted to “vegetarian delights”. My weakness when it comes to South American cuisine is always any sort of fish or seafood tacos. Their tilapia taco platter is served with gallo pinto, sweet plantains and cabbage salad, and let me say, it’s just heaven on a plate :).
This place is great when it’s cooler outside, because they have a covered and heated patio that gives you those summertime vibes all year round. And, of course the better option is when it warms up in Chicago, because they have an expansive patio that takes you to another world outside the city. It’s the perfect way to spend the evening and it’s even better that you can BYOB!
On a popular night like Friday or Saturday, be prepared for a longer wait time. They don’t take reservations, but they will take your cell phone number and give you a buzz when your table is ready.
Tip: Bring cash, because they don’t accept credit cards.