If you're looking for phenomenal Mexican cuisine, then you have to go to "La Cantina" in the South Loop of Chicago. That's probably not the location you were expecting (I am aware that there's amazing food in Pilsen and Little Village) but personally, this is the best Mexican food I have ever had in the United States.
What I especially love about this restaurant is that their vegan menu is not in the LEAST bit lacking. Typically, restaurants will offer vegan tacos or burritos because they are simple - just remove the meat, cheese, sour cream, and you have a veggie taco. This place has quesadillas, chimichangas, enchiladas, and other delicious options packed full of faux meats, vegan cheese, dairy-less sour cream, and more. There is truly something delicious for everyone, whether you're vegan or not!
Another thing that blew me away is the service you get. The restaurant itself is pretty small, but the waiters and waitresses are so amazing that you hardly notice how busy or loud it is. I'm not usually a fan of places with a bunch of commotion, but everyone made us feel very comfortable when we were there so I didn't mind.
Every time we have gone, we have gotten vegan quesadillas and chimichangas. They are packed with so much flavor and the portions are insane! My fiance and I ate until our stomachs hurt because we didn't want to stop eating. Then once we left we wanted more. We just couldn't get enough!
We didn't get a chance to have any of their alcoholic beverages, but just about every table had at least one drink so I am sure they are delicious! We mostly saw people drinking margaritas; looking at El Cantina's menu, there are a ton of flavors to choose from. If you are wanting a different drink they also have cervezas (beer), vinos (wine), a full menu of cocktails, and lots of different types of tequila and mezcal.
We loved every time we have gone to this restaurant and wish we were still in Chicago to go again and again. The only other place we could compare the deliciousness of the food here is the food we had in Mexico. The vegan menu here is insane and I'm curious to know if the non-vegan food is equally as amazing. Let me know in the comments if you have been here and what your experience was like!