Acclaimed chef Rick Bayless brings Baja cuisine to the West Loop at Leña Brava, a buzzy, brick-walled outpost. Many dishes are cooked over the hearth or in the wood-burning oven, all viewable from the dining room, including dishes like braised short rib with Oaxacan pasilla salsa, roasted meatballs (shrimp and pork shoulder) with tomato-chipotle sauce, or butter-roasted plantains topped with cream, while the raw bar features ceviches and spicy aguachiles. Agave lovers dig into the extensive mezcal and tequila list, served alongside global wines and cocktails like the Ravenswood Flip (gin, raspberry liqueur, lime, Aztec chocolate bitters).
900 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607