Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday Munch: Moe's Cantina, River North

Next stop on our Mexican food train: Moe's Cantina in River North. This place obviously morphs into a hoppin' bar after 8 p.m., but it's perfect for a Saturday family lunch. The place is spacious, fun and the menu is full of delicious Mexican and Spanish tapas. As soon as we were seated we were served an interesting array of salsas and chips. Of course we ordered the guacamole, which was tasty.

Parents of picky eaters beware: There is no kids menu. But, most kids would probably be OK with a quesadilla or a taco. My pickiest kid (who really isn't all that picky if you compare him to other kids) opted for the tilapia slider for $4. Perfect size for Johnny, and the kid loves fish. Go figure! Julie was in heaven with her make-your-own tacos plate. It was served with steak, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, cheese and sour cream. She loved putting together her own creations. And, the steak was yum. Scott absolutely loved the paella. It as kind of fun to switch it up and go for a Spanish plate. I opted for the Al Pastor tacos, which were about six mini soft tacos with delicious bites of pork I topped with cilantro, onions and tomatoes.

 Portions were big, but we somehow still managed to gobble dessert. The churros with caramel sauce and ice cream were amazing, and the chimichanga dulce, (a fried pastry filled with cream and topped with caramel and ice cream) was also devoured.

Though Moe's is probably targeted to adults, the restaurant is still great for families for lunch or early dinner (as long as you're OK with no kids menus.) Another unique offering on the menu is the skewer with meat and vegetables. When brought to the table, the skewers hang from a hook at the table. We didn't realize this until we were finished eating, but that will be a must on or next trip to Moe's.

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