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