We were driving east on Roosevelt in Cicero last week (by mistake) taking in the Youngstownesque vista of closed factory after closed factory when we noticed a hugely packed resturant, La Quebrada. We pulled the cord on the bat-chute and made a quick u-turn.
We've enjoyed two sunday lunches now, getting a chance to sample a few of the dishes on the varied menu. Although you can get tacos and other antojitos, the menu leans away from that kind of food. There are a variety of steaks and chickens with sauces and tons of seafood options.
In one visit we tried the steak a la quebrada, in another, the steak with "india" sauce. The former included a spicy, chunky sauce similiar (if not the same) as the one on the table with the chips along with a cheese coating; the latter in a thinish sauce, that was spicy like Indian food, but had little other apparant connection to indian food. There was a bit of yellow in the sauce (tumeric?), but certainly no curry flavor. As good as both sauces were, the underlying skirt steaks were of superior quality. Thick, tender and substantial, they also presented a nicely marinated flavor.
One visit we got a brick-red chili laced chicken soup. It was good but not monumental. Better, was the fish fillet we ordered today, al mojo, or with garlic. You knew the fish would be good when the fillet closedly approximented the side of an actual fish. This was no indeterminate chunk of frozen fish. The fish was breaded, how french, and sauted in a butter-oil mixture. Finally, it was topped with several cloves of garlic, minced. This dish amply rewarded our faith in ordering fish at a neighborhood spot, something I am so hesitant to do.
Along side all of these great dishes come hot, homemade tortillas. For those of you who know how good freshly made tortillas can be, you know what a treat this is. In fact, I could easily see myself making a meal from the tortillas and the "india" sauce. And to gild the lily, the orchata was one of the better versions as well, especially if you like yours on the dry side.
4859 W. Roosevelt Road
(Across the street from Gold's All Girl Revue, if you need a landmark!)