La Casa de Issac & Moishe Restaurant
2014 1st St., Highland Park, 847-433-7400
This second restaurant from owners Issac and Moishe Nava is located around the corner from the first and gives diners more seating room. Guests dine on house made salsa and chips along with dishes emphasizing the Navas' region of Huitzuco, Guerrero, Mexico such as a salmon goat cheese burrito. $$ Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Thurs. and Sat. and Sun.; breakfast and lunch Fri.
San Gabriel Mexican Café
2535 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn, 847-940-0200
Hungry diners can fill up on tableside prepared guacamole or some other starters including shrimp empanadas. Mainstays include snapper Veracruzana and molcajete — steak, chicken or shrimp in a bubbly mix of tomatoes, onions, sweet peppers and three-chile salsa cooked and served in a large bowl made of volcano rock. $$ Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily
Yolo Mexican Eatery
5111 Brown St., Skokie, 847-674-0987
Yolo, a family-owned casual and romantic dining spot, distinguishes itself by providing an upscale twist to traditional Mexican cuisine. Take a journey with dishes such as whole fried pompano fish in a cilantro sauce and grilled steak with a fresh tomato and Serrano pepper sauce. $$ Dinner Tues.-Sat.
992 Willow Road, Northbrook, 847-559-0939
Honoring the memory of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, this cantina celebrates Mexico's many regional dishes. Some include shrimp and crab meat ceviche, an almond-crusted tilapia with Mexican-style shrimp fried rice, pork tenderloin tacos, and tomato and chipotle-stewed chicken enchiladas. $$ Lunch and dinner daily
Davis Street Fishmarket
501 Davis St., Evanston, 847-869-3474