Rojo Gusano

Modern Mexican

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Overview

Rojo Gusano, a buzzy cantina in Albany Park, dishes up reinvigorated takes on classic Mexican street food like beer-braised pork shank tacos, octopus-shrimp ceviche with toasted Cancha corn or organic tamal chicken pibil topped with chirmole-habanero sauce in a banana leaf. The bar specializes in mezcal and bourbon, Mexican beers and classic cocktails like the mojito and margarita.

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Accolades

  • Tacos in Chicago: 10 To Try Now 2016 - Eater Chicago

Menu for Rojo Gusano

Main Menu

Small Bites

  • Ceviche (Octopus-Shrimp) Aji Amarillo-Tamarind Leche de Tigre/Red Onion/Cilantro/Sweet Potato/Toasted Cancha Corn
    $9.50
  • Empanadas Beef or Portobello Mushroom or Shrimp Tinga
    $3.50
  • Tamal de Queso con Rajas Epazote/House-Made Crema/Farmer's Cheese
    $7.00
  • Quesadilla Norteña Chihuahua Cheese/Spicy Chorizo/Morita Salsa
    $3.50
  • Queso Fundido Oaxacan + Asadero Cheese/Roasted Pumpkin Seed/Chorizo/House-Made Tortillas
    $7.00
  • Sopes - Sope Trio Chicken Tinga, Pork Shank, Portobello Mushroom (Served with Cheese and Avocado)
    $6.00

Guacamoles

  • Spicy Pumpkin Seed Chipotle/Caramelized Pineapple
    Single $6.00
    Pair $8.00
    Trio $10.00
  • Fiery Habanero Radish/Mango
    Single $6.00
    Pair $8.00
    Trio $10.00
  • Serrano Pico de Gallo Serrano Pepper/Onion/Tomato/Cilantro
    Single $6.00
    Pair $8.00
    Trio $10.00

Tacos

House-Made Tortillas or Bibb Lettuce

  • Pork Adobo Achiote/Habanero - Red Onion Relish
    $2.95
  • Chicken Tinga Roasted Tomato/House-Made Morita Chile Salsa/House-made Crema/Radish/Farmer's Cheese
    $2.95
  • Spicy Chorizo Yukon Potatoes/Farmer's Cheese/Cilantro/House-Made Crema
    $2.95
  • Charred Butternut Squash Kale/Farmer's Cheese/Cascabel-Tomatillo Salsa
    $2.95
  • Mixed Mushroom Pasilla Mije-Tomatillo Salsa/Oaxaca Cheese
    $3.75
  • Al Pastor Spicy Pineapple/Pico de Gallo Relish
    $3.75
  • Pescado
    $3.75
  • Pork Belly Oaxacan Pasilla Salsa/Pico de Gallo Relish
    $3.75
  • Korean BBQ Beef Marinated/Kimchi/Cilantro/Sesame Seeds/Radish
    $3.75
  • Braised Short Rib Ropa Vieja Style/Onions/Borracha Salsa/Radish
    $3.75
  • Arrachera Steak/Relish/Onions/Morita Salsa
    $3.75
  • Green Curry Camaron Shrimp/Asian Cabbage/Radish/Cilantro
    $3.75

Lunch

  • Torta Ahogada (Traditional from Jalisco) Braised Pork/Pickled Onion/Spicy Tomato Broth/Refried Black Beans/Avocado/Bolillo Bun
    $10.00
  • Cemita (Traditional from Puebla) Ham/Bread Steak/Avocado/Onion/Queso Oaxaca/ Morita Chile/Sesame Roll
    $12.00
  • Taco Arabe (Lebanese Influence in Puebla) Marinated Pork/House Blend Fresh Spice Mix/Onion/Cilantro and Salsa Morita/House-made Flour Tortilla
    $3.75
  • Tamal de queso con rajas Epazote/House-made crema/Farmer's Cheese
    $10.00

Lunch Combinations

  • Pick 1: Soup, Salad
  • Pick 1: Rice, Beans, Corn
  • Pick 1: Torta Ahogada, 2 tacos, 2 Tamales
  • Pick 1: Agua Fresca: Horchata, Watermelon, Del Dia

Soups & Salads

  • Jicama & Mango Salad Arugula/Farmer's Cheese/Cherry Tomatoes/Red Onion/Pumpkin Seed/House-Made Citrus Dressing
    $10.00
  • Tortilla Soup Pulled Roasted Chicken/Avocado/Famer's Cheese/Tortilla Strips/House-made Crema
    $7.00

desserts

  • Churros de la casa Chocolate-Rum or Raspberry Sauce
    $7.00
  • Chocolate Tamal Mexican + Belgian Chocolate-Filled/Flourless Cake/Vanilla bean ice cream
    $7.00

Drinks

  • Horchata
    $2.50
  • Watermelon
    $2.50
  • Del Dia Ask your server for today's seasonal flavor
    $2.50

Brunch

Main

  • Chilakillers your choice of green or red sauce with onion, cilantro, sliced jalapeños, crema, fresco asadero cheese
    $7.00
  • Torrejas Brioche bun smothered in crème anglaise filled with local honey and mascarpone cheese
    $7.00
  • Pollo & Waffles Spicy marinated chicken, blueberry waffles, fresh fruit, vanilla whipped cream, agave syrup
    $12.00
  • Huevos Al Rojo Sunny-side up eggs, tangy tomatillomorita, salsa, chorizo, potatoes
    $8.00
  • Huevo Sandwich Cochinita pibil, nueske's bacon, arugula, red onions, sunny-side up egg
    $10.00
  • Huevos a La Mexicana Tacos Scrambled eggs, spicy pico de gallo, slice of avocado
    $7.50
  • Chicken Verde Taco Crema, radish, farmers cheese
    $2.50
  • Charred Butternut Squash Taco Kale, farmers cheese, cascabel tomatillo salsa
    $2.50
  • Arrachera Taco Mojo de ajo, relish, onions, Mora salsa
    $2.50
  • Pozole With chicken, hierba santa, serrano, pumpkin seeds, hominy corn, radish, chicharron, cabbage
    $6.00
  • Pico De Fruta Salad Your choice of yogurt, granola, fresh fruit
    $5.50
  • Black Kale and Romaine Taco Salad Organic lettuce, cheese, radish croutons, creamy serrano-cotija cheese dressing, red onions, roasted beets and crispy tortilla strips
    $9.00

Brunch Libations

  • Mimosa Roja Blood orange, champagne, raspberries
    $6.00
  • Bloody Maria Worcestershire sauce (say it fast five times), tequila, Tabasco sauce, shrimp, cucumber, olive, pickle, celery. Perfect to get your "morning" started. It has tomatoes, so it counts as a salad - right?
    $8.00
  • Mezcalada Cucumber, lime, mezcal
    $7.00
  • Michelada Lime juice, sauces, Worcestershire sauce (seriously, try saying it fast five times), beer
    $6.00
  • Mango Beach Mezcal, silvermouth white, mango puree. Perfect for pretending you're sitting in a warm beach instead of a cold Chicago day. Bring your sunglasses, dude
    $8.00
  • Bloody Gazpacho Cilantro, lime, cucumber, tomato
    $8.00

Drinks

Drinks

  • Mezcalita Mezcal, sweet & sour. Served with a chili rim
    $8.00
  • Margarita Tequila, sweet & sour. Served with salt rim
    $7.50
  • Mojito Sugar, Lime, Angostura, Hibiscus Syrup, Mint, RUM, Club Soda
    $7.00
  • Jose Alfredo Jimenez tequila, triple sec, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice
    $8.50

Beers

  • Chili Devil
    $5.00
  • 5 Grass
    $5.00
  • 5 Lizard
    $6.00
  • Heineken
    $4.00
  • Yodo Con Leche
    750ml $25.00
  • Victoria
    $4.00
  • Brown Sugga
    $5.00
  • Dos xx
    $4.00
  • Guiness
    $6.00
  • Corona
    $4.00
  • 5 Vulture
    $6.00
  • Negra Modelo
    $4.00
  • Miller Light
    $4.00
  • Modelo Esp
    $4.00

Tequilas

  • Gran Orendain
    $8.00
  • Fat Ass Reposado
    $6.00
  • Arette Reposado
    $9.00
  • Origen Sagrado Reposado
    $6.00
  • Sotol Hacienda Reposado
    $5.50

Mezcals

  • La Penca, worm
    $5.00
  • Cruz De Fuego
    $8.50
  • Scorpion Añejo
    $8.50

Bourbons

  • Walthens Single Barrel
    $8.00
  • Medley Brothers
    $6.50
  • Buck
    $7.00
  • Mitchers
    $9.50

White Wines

  • Ironstone Chardonnay
    $8.00
  • Vila Nova Vinho Verde
    $8.00
  • Cucao Chardonnay
    $8.00
  • Cava Brut
    $8.00

Red Wines

  • Hayes Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
    $9.00
  • Beronia Rioja
    $9.00
  • Gouguenheim Malbec
    $8.00
  • Tarica Pinot Noir
    $8.00

3830 West Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

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Details
  • Price Range: $$
    Atmosphere: Eclectic, Modern, Trendy/Scene
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Family, Groups, Hot Spot, Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
  • Noise Level: Quiet
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (773) 539-4398
  • Private Dining Room: No