His name is Joan Sebastian. Once a Chicago dishwasher, he’s a Spanish-language entertainment giant today. A singer of songs. A lover of women. A trainer of dancing horses. But possibly his greatest achievement: a muse for Mexican restaurants.
Hence: Más allá del Sol, an Edgewater lodge of carne asada and good tequila, now open.
As you probably guessed, it’s named after Sebastian’s 2006 album. And yes, there is a small section of the walls with Sebastian photos, paintings and albums. Still, you probably need a little more from a restaurant. Like food. So let’s talk about that.
This is from the owners of Lincoln Square’s Los Nopales, so you’ll find favorites like chicken mole and chiles rellenos. Here, however, they’ve added Los Nopales specials to the permanent menu—because whether or not you get slow-roasted baby backs slathered in pineapple-and-tequila sauce tonight shouldn’t be a guessing game.
Come here on a weeknight when you’re craving queso fundido or an enchilada. But the menu veers often enough into filet mignon territory that this place should also be on your list for that ever-elusive second-date spot. It has a pleasing mix of bright colors, high wooden-beamed ceilings, Mexican folk art, the occasional daiquiri and pineapple-infused-mezcal cocktails.
Mezcal: the traditional drink of a second date.