Usually, I eat at least once at Topolobampo or Frontera Grill when I'm in Chicago. And, despite some of the recent ho-hum critiques, particularly regarding Frontera, I've always had terrific stuff at Bayless's restaurants. Duh--why else would I keep going back. But, for this next trip, I think I'll branch out and try some new places for Mexican food. Needless to say, I've gone through Chowhound's Chicago Board for suggestions. Maiz sounds interesting. Las Pinatas got posted as "The Best Mexican Food in Chicago," and a couple of others agreed, but with no specifics about the food there. Lalo's got a brief mention, again with no specifics. La Pasadita has its advocates, though which of the various La Pasaditas is best sparked some disagreement. Salpicon got trashed by one poster, but with very few specifics as to what was wrong.
So, what about Salpicon? Yea or nea? How about the other places run by Topolobampo/Frontera alumni, like Chilpancingo Restaurante and Ixcapuzalco? And how about some specifics on places like Las Pinatas, La Pasadita, or Lalo's?