Note from the Bitches: Introducing Amber, our Chicago Social Bitch! She heads out on a double date and reviews brunch at Takito Kitchen in Wicker Park.
Ah, another Spring weekend in Chicago…I could get used to this. I even made the executive decision to pack up every knit sweater and puffy jacket I own. Let’s hope the weather doesn’t pull a 180 and make me regret it.
I kicked off this past Sunday morning with an early barre workout followed by a cherry almond scone (my new favorite flavor) from newly opened, Scone City. Lucky for me, this adorable pastry shop is located right across from my new Wicker Park abode.
A few friends of ours were visiting from Nashville, and as a fairly new resident to the Wicker Park area, I was excited to show them the new ‘hood.
Post workout and morning pastry, we took a stroll down Division Street. Even on a cloudy day, every single patio we passed was packed to the brim with brunchers. If this weather is here to stay, I’d say patio brunch season may be upon us…finally!
We ended up at relatively new, Takito Kitchen. They have a small patio, which was was too crowded to accommodate us, but the inside was relatively unoccupied so we embraced the comfy indoor table. The industrial-chic decor is inviting and very representative of the Wicker Park neighborhood. It felt as if we were destined to dine here!
The brunch menu at Takito doesn’t have a very robust list of options, however, most, if not all entrees, sounded delish. The taco plates caught our eyes immediately. Each order comes with 3-4 tacos each, and are perfect for double date sharing. The menu had only a few classic Mexican breakfast options such as Spanish ham & eggs and various flavors of sope. If you’re more of a traditional Bitch who craves waffles and omelettes for brunch, this may not be the place for you.
Prior to placing our taco order, we tried a few ‘Bloody Marias’ and mimosas. Both drinks were heavy on the Corazon Blanco…nothing like tequila before noon to wake you up!
For our app, we nibbled on the avocado pine nut puree, which was served with large masa crackers. This appetizer resembled guacamole, but was much smoother in texture. The pickled garlic, jalapeno, and cilantro made it very flavorful and a bit spicy for my taste, however, my friends appreciated the kick.
Up next: tacos, tacos, and more tacos. The menu hosts five taco options, all which are offered at a reasonable price. The tacos came out one order at a time, which allowed us to focus on each flavor combination. I highly recommend sharing the taco platters, since the intense flavors may be overwhelming in large quantities.
The crispy fish tacos were wrapped in a purple hibiscus tortilla, and covered in a carrot slaw, drizzled with a coconut custard, and sprinkled with fresh basil. In addition to the flavors being very complimentary, the unique tortilla hue and bright orange slaw made for a beautiful presentation.
Our next taco plate featured the Maple Creek pork belly, this one being my favorite. Placed on a sesame tortilla, the thick piece of sweet pork belly was wrapped with light Oaxacan cheese, peanuts, arugula, pink pickled onions, and avocado. The sweet and salty combination was a match made in taco heaven.
The last, but certainly not least entree, was the lamb chorizo taco platter. The flavors reminded me a bit more of breakfast vs. lunch, perhaps due to the chorizo. Wrapped in a simple corn tortilla, the chorizo was accompanied by Wisconsin’s own brunkow cheese and a tomatillo pistachio salsa. Our out of town guests chose this taco as their favorite.
After our taco overload, we were all thoroughly stuffed. While small in size, these tacos were packed with lots of goodness, and filling to say the least.
The Bitches Say: B. If you’re craving a modern Mexican brunch, this is a great spot to go with a group of girlfriends or on a double date. Those of you craving the classic brunch options such as french toast and pancakes, we’d suggest you dine elsewhere.
2013 West Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
Takito Kitchen serves brunch Friday through Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.