First Look at DeColores


The guacamole was fresh and had a lot of texture.

I was a fish-out-of-water at DeColores, floundering my way through a menu of unfamiliar authentic Mexican food items. My friend Alisa, on the other hand, has more experience with the cuisine, and she rattled off her order with such an air of self-assurance that I could only manage to utter an inarticulate “Whacha get?”  I mean I thought I’d done pretty good ordering guacamole!

But I have to say that I was pleased with this restaurant because it  pushed me out of my element, and everything we tried is worth talking about — I’m just woefully short on the vocabulary and know-how to do it well.  So, for now, I’ll give you a snapshot and know that I’ll be going back to report again another day.

Skirt steak

The steak could feed three.

The guacamole we had was good — well prepared and very fresh.  It had a chunkier texture than most of the guacamole I find in restaurants, but this really worked.  Alisa also had the Pozole – a white hominy soup with cabbage and red onion served with fresh cucumber salsa on the side.  It’s a good thing that salsa was on the side too because it’s crazy spicy — but in a way that is flavorful and leaves you wanting more. The Pozole is enough to be a meal in and of itself, and I’d be tempted to order just that during a return visit because it was so tasty, healthy and satisfying.

For a main course I went with the Tampiquena, a skirt steak dinner with a mole enchilada and a banana pepper stuffed with cheese.  I ordered it based on the waitress’s recommendation and chiefly for the enchilada because I wanted to try the mole sauce.  The mole sauce was good, but not the best I’ve had.  Still, it was worth the order and I enjoyed the steak.  It was just much too much.  I think my entree could’ve easily fed three.

Potato taco

The Taquitos de Papa were a table favorite.

Alisa had the Taquitos de Papa — taquitoios  stuffed with potatoes, squash, carrots, sugar beets cheese and tomato citrus sauce. Oh my.  It was the table favorite, and I can’t begin to describe it. We were so full by the end of it all, there was no room for dessert.

The night we were at DeColores they were understaffed, but it was still an enjoyable experience.  It’s a BYOB, but they do have margarita mixes you can buy off the menu, you just have to bring your own alcohol.  You can eat like a king for roughly $25 — it’s a steal! Yep.  I have to go back!

1626 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL
(312) 226-9886

  1. RKWind left a comment on January 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm

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  2. RKWind left a comment on January 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    @ChicagoBites That’s my favorite new restaurant!!!

  3. Chicago Cuisine Critique left a comment on January 14, 2011 at 9:47 am

    DeColores is definitely a hidden gem! I love this place.

  4. ChicagoBites left a comment on January 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    @rkwind I can see why! What do you eat when you go there?

  5. RKWind left a comment on January 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    @ChicagoBites Trying to work my way through the menu. Had the Mahi Mahi last-amazing. My partner in food crime swears by the carne asada.

  6. ChicagoBites left a comment on January 14, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    @rkwind The Mahi Mahi did sound good. See? Now I’m hungry!

  7. DeColoresPilsen left a comment on January 22, 2011 at 6:28 am

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