MATT CHIERA
CHICAGO, IL

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Chicago Mexican Seafood

El Barco Mariscos

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July 16, 2011

This is the type of place where you can’t help but ogle every dish coming out of the kitchen. “Is that a foot-long red snapper fried whole? Why yes it is, and damn it looks good.”

The El Barco Mariscos seafood platter is the star here. A massive platter of sea creatures loaded with cilantro, garlic, and lemon, cooked to perfection and served on a giant plank of wood. Hell yeah. It’s a whole lot of food and it’s really, really, good — grilled squid, prawns, fish, octopus, fried fish, calamari, chicken and steak piled high on top of grilled veggies and mexican rice and beans.

You order the dish by how many people are going to be in on the nautical feast, and per the waitress “order for two if you are going to be three.” She was right — We ordered for two and we had enough sea creatures left over to feed even the drunkest of pirate.

The decor in this place is awesome — think giant models of sharks hanging from the rafters. The food is pretty inexpensive as well for how good (and plentiful) it is. My only reason for not giving this place five stars is that the service was not great, a bummer considering how spectacular the food is.

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