Priscila Satkoff, who grew up in Mexico City, opened Salpicón in 1995 after realizing the shortage of authentic yet modern Mexican cuisine in Chicago. Here, patrons either dine on the outdoor patio beneath a cobalt blue awning or in the equally colorful, two-story dining room, adorned with pink and yellow walls, circular tiered light fixtures, and paintings by Mexican artist Alejandro Romero. Visitors can stop by the second-floor bar, where wall-to-wall windows overlook Old Town, to sample a selection of the restaurant’s 100-plus tequilas. Then, it’s on to signature dishes like the double-cut pork chop in an Oaxacan mole ancho.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
Like many restaurants opening over the last few years in the trendy Condesa area, Salon Conde offers both Mexican and international options—shrimp tacos, filet mignon in <em>chile pasilla</em> sauce, chicken in red curry. The bistro-like space is packed with regulars, along with a few in-the-know tourists.
We loved: Mussels in white wine; fish (shredded tilapia with onions and cilantro).
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.