Chilam Balam

3023 N Broadway
Chicago, IL
773-296-6901
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Description

There is nothing particularly convenient about this spirited little Mexican BYO. It’s tucked into a cramped basement, takes no weekend reservations. But its constantly evolving small-plate menu has pluck to spare, using seasonal ingredients to obliterate stereotypes. Scallops are served with a sweet-corn sauce dappled with jots of charred eggplant and knob onions, pork ribs are slathered in a honey-pasilla sauce, and the tamales—no matter the flavor of the day—are first-rate. Excellent service and fine homemade hot chocolate to boot. Cash only.

Reviewed

Dishes We Liked

Pan-roasted Cornish hen ($14.25), grilled cobia ($14.95), young greens with roasted poblano dressing and candied pepitas ($8.95), seared scallops with sweet-corn sauce ($16.95), short-rib tamal with ancho sauce ($13.95), hibiscus flan with vanilla-lime swirl ice cream ($7.50)

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Additional Information

Rating:
Price: $10-$19
Cuisine: Mexican
Neighborhood: Lake View
Noteworthy: BYO (up to $5 corkage)
Child friendly
High noise level
Hours: D Tue-Sat.