Shop Small Day 301: Latinicity

It’s been a long time since I’ve written about a local shop- though I have several I need to catch up on- today’s is perfect for this weekend. Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Sure, mom appreciates breakfast in bed (as long as you do the dishes too), but brunch is usually a more popular choice, even my favorite local brewery has a great brunch. But, last weekend I finally tried a place that’s been on my list for a while…Latinicity.

latinicity 2I don’t know if it’s truly a “small business,” but it’s definitely not a chain so I’m going with it.

Latincity opened late fall, 2015,  in Chicago’s Block 37 building. It’s the brainchild of Chef Richard Sandoval, which means nothing to me (sorry, Chef), I simply saw months of mouth-watering photos and knew I had to get to the city to try it. So, I took advantage of cancelled baseball games and told the kids and husband we were going!

If brunch conjures the images of long tables with silver food servers, omelet stations, and slab o’ meat carving stations…Latinicity is NOT that!

Instead, it’s 8 different meal counters: tortas, ensaladas, mariscos, taqueria…each with a (surprise) Latin flare.

Brunch includes unlimited food & soft drinks from every station for $17 ($8.50 for kids 4-11), or for $25 you can include two cocktails…do that! If you like Bloody Marys they have an extensive garnish bar, I chose the Maya Mimosa (champagne / passion fruit purée and mango purée).

latinicity collageUsually there’s the great divide at brunch: those who like breakfast foods and those who prefer lunch options (me). Latinicity offers both. I think between the four of us we tried nearly every item available.  My standout favorites: corn empanadas (would’ve loved a few more of those around 8pm), chicken tinga taco, and the tortilla soup (pasilla chile broth/shredded chicken/panela cheese/crispy tortilla/avocado).  Their mahi mahi fish taco was good, but I noticed the cilantro too late.

My 14 year old daughter is a much more adventurous eater than I am, and almost a week later she’s still talking about their breakfast taco (fried egg/short rib barbacoa/picked fresno chiles/adobo mashed potatoes/caramelized onions) and the waffle bacon burger (belgium style waffle/choriburger/fried egg/bacon/chipotle cheese sauce/pico de gallo/crema fresca).

Brunch is served from 11-6; we didn’t have or need a reservation,  but Mother’s Day may be different. Coffee and desserts aren’t included, and I actually didn’t see their coffee shop: I would’ve liked a small dessert option after brunch though. Don’t want to carry your own food- their full-service restaurant, Pata Negra, is right next door.

latinicity 6Another bonus, park in the Block 37 lot, validate your ticket at Latinicity, and parking is only $5 all day! We probably would’ve taken better advantage of the all day parking, and nearby shopping if we’d left the boys at home though…next time!

108 N State St 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL

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