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Even in such a gourmand city as Chicago, the cool hipster-friendly Wicker Park neighborhood stands out for its awesome restaurants.


Our friends at Yelp helped us compile a list of the 10 best restaurants in Wicker Park

The number one restaurant? Birchwood Kitchen, a self-described "neighborhood café" that was also named one of the top 10 new restaurants of 2009 by the Chicago Tribune. Their weekend brunch and savory sandwiches have Yelp reviewers raving.

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#8 Las Palmas

Yelp/Las Palmas

1835 W North Ave.

This Mexican hotspot serves guacamole that's made fresh tableside, empanadas stuffed with cheese or crab, and all sorts of classic Mexican favorites like chile relleno and cochinita pibil. They often offer daily deals that locals love.

"Great food. Garden patio dining is the way to go. Margaritas are phenomenal. Guacamole and salsa is great. I've had the Fish tacos, al pastor tacos and the fajitas. Best Mexican food in Wicker Park if not the Chicago area. Authentic and family owned," Yelper mk d wrote.

Note: Yelp's search results are based on an algorithm that is designed to provide the best results based on a number of different factors including review text, ratings, and number of reviews. Because several factors are taken into account, this is why you may see a 3.5-star restaurant with 500 reviews showing above a 4-star one with 15 reviews.


Healthy Bites with Rick Rivera of Las Palmas

Jane teams up with Rick Rivera of Las Palmas to create a healthy and refreshing Mexican dish!

The Recipe: Ahi Tuna Ceviche


The Ingredients:

2 red tomatoes, diced

1/4 red onion, minced

2 tilapia filets, cubed

1/4 cup minced cilantro

2 serrano peppers thinly diced

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp of sugar

Salt to taste

6-8 limes freshly squeezed (just enough to cover the tilapia)


The Method:

1. Cube the tilapia filet and place cubes in a small container. 

2.Cut limes and squeeze juice onto tilapia, covering it completely. Make sure to use a strainer so that the pulp does not interfere. Refrigerate for 2.5 hours.

3. Pit and dice 2 red tomatoes. Place into a big mixing bowl.

4. Mince 1/4 red onion and add to tomatoes.

5. Mince 1/4 cup cilantro and place into the mixing bowl.

6. Thinly dice 2 Serrano peppers. If you like it spicy, use bigger pieces of the Serrano pepper.

7. After  2.5 hours, drain the tilapia from the lime juice.

8. Add the tilapia into the mixing bowl and mix in salt, sugar and olive oil.

9. Serve with your choice of chips or for a healthier option, jicama chips.

Las Palmas is located at 1835 W. North Ave. and can be reached at 773.289.4991


Drink this: Watermelon mojito at Las Palmas

Watermelon Mojito

Watermelon mojito: Wicker Park restaurant Las Palmas offers an array of Mexican and Latin American dishes, including several tasty vegetarian and vegan options, in a festive, welcoming environment teeming with vibrant local artwork. Las Palmas' invigorating collection of signature cocktails deserves top billing. Enter the standout of that list, the watermelon mojito: a cool pink dream of white rum and Xtabentun anise and honey liqueur, muddled mint, watermelon, fresh squeezed lime juice and a splash of club soda. Served over crushed ice in a generously large glass, the $10 watermelon mojito strikes the perfect balance of crisp summertime flavors, from minty to tangy to sunnily sweet. 1835 W. North Ave., 773-289-4991, 

— Leah Pickett, Special to the Tribune