Like the great hunters and explorers of days of yore, the Chowhound sets off to boldly explore a new world, hopefully to find... Naw, it was not at all like that.
A fellow west suburban hound of note, TonyG, was in town, rare enough that it merited celebration, and he wanted me to check out the Birreria Tapatio, so we agreed to meet. Unfortunately, the place he only just found is now defunct (lost the lease, trying to find a new location).
But for some reason, perhaps the light, Aurora looked very good to me that night. Full of quirky places begging to be explored. And one in particular stood out as I drove to meet Tony, back off the road in an old hamburger stand, so when he suggested that same place, La Costa de Cancun, I jumped.
We shared 3 things - Ceviche Mixto, Tostada de Jaiva, and the house recommended Huachinango al Mojo de Ajo. The Ceviche and Tostada were more than a little similar (our bad ordering)- good flavor, pleasant bite, but the ratio of vegies to seafood was a little higher than it should be. Still not at all bad and a good deal. The Snapper was blissful. Tony saw the cook taking a fresh and shiny fish back to the kitchen, which boded well. Perfectly seasoned (salt, garlic, a touch of peppers) and fried, served with a profusion of brown and crispy garlic lozenges - just great.
They have an extensive seafood menu, and based on this one visit, it is fresh, well-prepared and well-priced. We left satisfied with full bellies and the pride of discovery. We also made some preliminary plans for future west suburban chow outings (probably Mexican crawl and West Chicago, and a Fabulous Noodles Chinese feast - stay tuned for details).
La Costa de Cancun (though there is nothing of the Yucatan in the menu)
815 N Lake (Route 31)- just north of Illinois, I think