All in all, a cozy little triad. But one thing has always been missing: really good Italian furniture. Odd, we know, but here’s the proof:
Cantina Laredo, a stylish house of modern Mexican cuisine and mid-century modern design, opening tomorrow in River North.
This place comes to us via Dallas. And you know how they do things down there in Texas... quite tastefully, apparently. Oh, and big.
Outside, what you’ll see is a two-story, stone-and-glass beast. Inside, you’ll find a showstopper—all skylights, semicircular leather booths and white limestone fireplaces, with nary a steer horn or a sombrero around.
For these fickle final days of summer, grab a seat on the patio and huddle around a tequila-and-blackberry smash (or a fireplace). After your personal guacamole-ist mortar-and-pestles an avocado to your specifications, you’ll summon modern takes on Mexican cuisine: mahi-mahi tacos, slow-roasted brisket enchiladas and apple-pecan stuffed quail.
But on nights when you’re feeling that sudden urge for mini-tacos (and possibly a flight of tequila), head upstairs. Retractable walls open to State Street, giving you a nice view of the skyline. However, if you’re looking for the perfect spot for a quiet business dinner, book the O Room, with a huge circular table, plus space for 1,008 bottles of wine.
By our calculations: just enough.