I am visiting Chicago next week, and would love to know what your favorite Mexican restaurant is. I'm from Indiana, and don't get to experience the type of Mexican food I know is out there (Fort Wayne has maybe one restaurant that I think is consistently delicious). I'm tired of the dumbed-down food I get here to appease the "gringo" palate. I was really interested in Frontera Grill until I read all the bad reviews on CitySearch about the poor service, the price disparity between the online menu and the actual one, and hit-and-miss food. Is it as bad as the reviews claim (like a 3-hour wait and disappointing dishes), or is Frontera Grill a true contender?
I'm looking for a place that is authentic and off the touristy path, and perhaps not as expensive as Frontera. I can afford a $50 meal, but I want it to be fantastic, and if I can get a great meal for less, well I'm all for it! Where do you go again and again?