Okay, so I’m in a La Ciudad rut, if you can call it that. The last two times I was there, they had a Oaxacan Tamal on the Chalkboard. It is nothing short of incredible. Served on a banana leaf, and covered with exquisite mole, even now I could say that I would love to go back and have it once again.
I’ve been to La Ciudad several times, and the food has never disappointed. The meal selection is upscale, and the extensive yet contained options are expertly prepared and seasoned. You are dining on food in the style of Mexico City, where the owner and his family are from. I met his sister Diana when they first opened up, and we met over coffee and had a good time. It was one of those nice little breaks before she and her husband opened up a business together.
One of the owners was there, and so we got to meet him. He is am amiable man, and a good wait person. I mention this because I have been to restaurants where the owner waited on tables and had the worst service ever.
The meal tasted especially good since it was part of my Birthday treat week. Juan ordered the Carne Asada, and it looked fantastic. I ordered, as is no surprise, the amazing Oaxacan Tamal. Prior to this we both shared an empanada: one was spinach and cheese, the other contained mushrooms. We both ordered dessert. Juan ordered Choco Flan, and I ordered Moche Tres Leche. With the robust cinnamon coffee on the side, we were both in food Nirvana.
Considering what time of the year it is, there is no surprise that there is a Dia De Las Muertas, as well.
La Ciudad is BYOB for those of you who love your adult libations.
4515 N. Sheridan (in the mall, parking is available)
Chicago, IL 60640