Ixcateco Grill

Ixcateco Grill in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood at (3402 W. Montrose, Chicago; telephone: 773-539-5887) is a casual full service BYOB restaurant that presents authentic Southern Mexican cuisine. Chef/owner Anselmo Ramirez features dishes made the way they are prepared in Mexico. The menu is limited but mighty with a delicious touch of sophistication that reflects Ramirez’ experience working for such chefs as Rick Bayless, Tracey Vowell, Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris. He uses fresh, locally sourced organic or sustainably raised ingredients when possible, and he plans to add or adapt menu items regularly to showcase the bounty of the season.

 

For Chicago’s lovers of Mexican food, Chef Anselmo Ramirez is probably one of Chicago’s best under-the-radar Mexican chefs. But if they have dined at such stellar restaurants as Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and Mixteco, they have probably enjoyed his culinary talent, for he has built a long career at these establishments. 

The good news is that Ramirez has struck out on his own with the launch of his new restaurant in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago, Ixcateco Grill, 3402 W. Montrose Ave.. Ixcateco Grill is a casual neighborhood full service BYOB restaurant that presents authentic Southern Mexican cuisine. Ramirez features dishes made the way they are prepared in Mexico. His specialty is mole—many moles, in fact—and he simmers his magical potions for two days, just as his grandmother did when he was a child. The menu is casual with a delicious touch of sophistication that reflects Ramirez’ experience working for such chefs as Rick Bayless, Tracey Vowell, Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris. He uses fresh, locally sourced organic or sustainably raised ingredients when possible, and he plans to add or adapt menu items regularly to showcase the bounty of the season. Serving as general manager is Antone Jacobs, a veteran of Maxim’s and Frontera Grill.

Ixcateco Grill’s storefront décor is warm, modest and comfortable. Bright colors abound and the dining room is furnished with flexible table seating for 45. As owner of an intimate restaurant, Ramirez will have the privilege of getting to know his guests and making them feel at home. “My restaurant will feel like going home to a great meal,” he said. Ixcateco Grill is located in a well-trafficked neighborhood that has recently seen the emergence of a number of new chef-driven restaurants, much to the delight of local residents. The neighborhood is becoming a destination for food lovers.

Ramirez is a native of Guerrero, Mexico who came to Chicago when he was 12 years old. His father told him that America is a country where he can do what he loves, and he has been pursuing his dreams for more than twenty years. Cooking truly is Ramirez’ passion, and he is on an endless mission to achieve perfection in his cuisine. “Working for Chefs Bayless and Vowell for thirteen years was a culinary education in itself,” said Ramirez. “Chefs Stegner and Bumbaris also taught me many things, including the importance of using the best ingredients possible. That’s why everything at Ixcateco Grill is freshly prepared. I don’t take shortcuts, and hopefully it shows in the quality of food I serve.”

Company Information

Address / Location: 3402 W. Montrose Ave.
Chicago , IL , 60618 , United States
Phone: 773-539-5887
Website: http://www.ixcatecogrill.com
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