First post and been a lurker for a bit. Wanted to post with a place I have tried a number of times now and felt others might be interested.
Frida Mexican Cuisine in W. Dearborn. They took over the Annam spot on MI Ave.
I have now been there 5 times and I think they are really on the track to doing things right. It is a small but nicely appointed place. Have had prompt service on all occasions.
The food has a high quality of ingredients. They seem to be treating the traditional dishes very well. When seated, they offer up the normal chips and salsa. They give you 2 types, a mild which is okay, and a spicy that I love. It's not overly spicy, but has a great combination of flavors. I could eat it like a cold soup. I have been in for breakfast (yep, breakfast) and gotten the chorizo and eggs both times. Very tasty, though I wouldn't mind having a spicier chorizo. The 3 other occasions have been for lunch. The first time and second time I have ordered the beef tacos. I usually will judge a mexican place on their tacos first. They really passed the test. A very flavorful meat with a nicely crispy shell. The last visit, I tried the tamales. I asked if these where brought in or house made? Ricardo the owner said his mother made them for the restaurant. I tried the beef and was really happy with them. The beef was a braised and shredded beef with little bits of carrot and potato wrapped in a moist and flavorful masa. All of the meals are served with the standard rice and beans. I generally don't like the rice at most places but Frida is the exception. The only miss for me is the inconsistent beans. A few times they where rather bland and a little runnier than I like and other times they where really good. The standout of my last meal there was a roasted poblano soup. Ricardo offered it up for $.99 with the lunch meal and it was great. It was blended and creamy. I would put this up with some of the best soups I've had.
Thanks for reading