Chicago is a world of food, Asian, Ethiopian, Italian, and so many others. Last year, Chicago opened it’s gates to a NYC institution, Eataly. Foodies could immerse themselves in the Italian experience , while purchasing items to create their own banquets. In the past few weeks, another food journey made its way to the Windy City. Latincity in Block 37 recently opened its doors and we were one of the fortunate ones to get to sample the dishes that everyone is talking about in Chicago’s newest foodie haunt.
Located on the third floor of Block 37, Latinicity first appears to the first time visitor as a college cafeteria or food court. Diners are given a card where they add up their purchases and pay at the end of the food hall. Stalls give the diner a lot of options.
We began our food journey at Tortas and Cocas. Since I am a ham fiend, I absolutely had to try the Cubano. I had learned before that Cubans are huge fans of meat and this sandwich was proof of that . The ham meshed very well with the swiss cheese . Add the special habanero mustard and pickles and you have got a sandwich grande. You can even get a burger at Latinicity, try one of their original ones or just enjoy the all- American ones. Most people think that Sushi came from Japan, surprise! the oriental fish treat originated from Peru. Knowing this , it would figure that you could enjoy your sushi addictions at the Sushi and Cerviche bar. I just had to try two of the sushi rolls. The Angry tuna featured the yellow fish tuna, green onion, avocado, with a combination of wasabi tobiko and chipotle rouille for a spicy delight. My favorite was called the Volcano because it featured more spices dappled through a roll of salmon and spicy crab and more chipotle. Needless to say, the spices woke up my mouth.
Latin American foods traditionally are filled with spice and also a use of seafood. Seafood is also part of the Latinicity cuisine. Whether you have it added to your stir fry at Latinicity Wok or throw it in guacamole , seafood lovers will be in heaven. The guacamole was filled with chunks of crab and was delicious. Some of the dishes might be a little too spicy so be warned.
They also have a great cocktails. Latinicity is located downtown in the Block 37 building right in the theatre district. This is a perfect alternative to the many pre-theatre spots because it won’t wreck your budget so you can buy those Broadway in Chicago trinkets. If you are looking for something that appeals to everyone, than Latinicity is a safe bet.