The Renegade Craft Fair was going strong in Wicker Park this weekend, but even the most crafty person needs a break from the action. After eye-balling the long lines for at Mana’s sliders and the even longer lines for Big Bite Catering’s ginger mint ice tea, we decided to seek refuge at Angels and Mariachis. The host told us we could sit at the relatively uncrowded patio, but that they were severely short-staffed and the food would likely take 30 minutes or more. He did not lie.
Despite needing to use the waiter’s station to fill our own water glasses and fetch silverware, dealing with chairs that fell apart, and sipping drink mix-ups, it wasn’t a bad experience. Because we knew what were getting into, we were able to enjoy the fine weather and to indulge in people-watching without wondering about the waitstaff. Expectations are everything.
The food went down remarkably well. We ordered the mango guacamole, which was fruity but lacked kick. I wish I’d been able to catch the waiter for a refill of the free, delicious house salsa because I could have eaten that all afternoon. The tacos are cheap and generously proportioned if a little bland. The nachos were more successful with layers of black beans instead of the usual re-fried stuff.
For $15 a person, it was just enough food and drink to give us energy for more craft fair fun. I’m not sure I’d make a point of going to Angels and Mariachis, but it was certainly a welcome port in a crowded storm.
Angels and Mariachis
1721 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622