Today was the day I like to call: the day of two brunches.
After brunching with my friends Sarah, and Britt at Eden, I met up with my boyfriend who had had to work that morning, but had finished surprisingly early. He was famished, and begged me to brunch with him.
I had stuffed my face at Eden, but I will never turn down food or time to spend with him, so I happily obliged. A spot Cameron had been wanting to try was Takito Kitchen in Wicker Park. While this spot was previously reviewed in 2015 by our Social Bitch, Amber, the restaurant has a new and dedicated brunch menu. Plus, $10 bottomless mimosas from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We were sold.
Takito Kitchen is a small, narrow, and dimly lit Mexican restaurant right near the Division Street and Damen Avenue intersection. It is a bustling area with lots of sidewalk patios, shops, and restaurants. Cameron and I were late to the brunch scene that day, and walked in at 2 p.m. We just made it in time to grab some brunch dishes, and also to tap into the bottomless mimosa deal.
To start, Cameron and I decided to both indulge in some bottomless mimosas. I had had a stressful Saturday, so I was really embracing the bottomless mimosas and Sunday Funday excuse. The mimosas were delicious, with fresh squeezed juice and lots of champagne. Takito Kitchen is true to their word, as they never left my glass empty for long—as an avid bruncher, I appreciated the attention to detail and prompt service.
As a snack, we decided to try the salsa trio with three separate types of salsa, and corn chips. I also ordered the breakfast tacos, for the two of us to try.
The chips and salsa trio was delicious. The three salsa options were the ghost pepper hibiscus, tomatillo pistachio, and a seasonal salsa that was a morijita tomatillo with a cilantro base. All three were unique, fresh, and offered a bit of a zing. My favorite was the ghost pepper hibiscus with roasted tomato, garlic charred onion, and cilantro.
The breakfast tacos also proved to be a delicious appetizer. Breakfast tacos were two medium sized tacos with two eggs soft scrambled, queso fresco, seasonal veggies, and braised beef. The tacos were flavorful and well-proportioned. I could’ve eaten another order on my own, but had to save room for my entree.
Not to be deterred to get his taco fill, Cameron opted for two different kinds of tacos for his entree: the pork belly, and the coffee braised barbacoa. The coffee braised beef barbacoa was a combination of queso fresco, pickled kohlrabi, cilantro, and peanuts on a corn tortilla.
The pork belly is a sesame tortilla with crispy potatoes, house ricotta cheese, cole slaw, tomatillo, and pineapple salsa. Cameron really enjoyed his tacos, and kept trying to share them with me. I took a couple bites and wholeheartedly agreed that the tacos were delicious.
For my entree, I stepped outside my box and went for the chilaquiles. I absolutely loved this entree, but having had brunch already and chips and tacos, I was starting to fill up. The chilaquiles had Amish chicken, morita salsa, queso fresco, soft scrambled eggs, rustic potatoes with chihuahua cheese.
The eggs on this dish were fluffy, and perfectly scrambled. The chips with the Amish chicken were crispy, and deep fried to add an extra crunch. The pickled onions offered a zest to the chicken, and everything worked together beautifully.
All in all, the service, dedicated brunch menu, and bottomless mimosas won me over for this brunch. The ambiance is friendly and casual, the staff is kind and knowledgeable. I enjoyed the entrees and appetizers, and when it comes to a Mexican brunch, Takito Kitchen will not disappoint.
The Bitches say: A. If you’re craving Mexican fare that is delicious and moderately priced, then Takito Kitchen is where to go!
2013 W Division St,
Chicago, IL 60622
Takito Kitchen serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.