El Garia’s is owned by the same family behind Lincoln Square’s popular Garcia’s Restaurant, which has been operating for nearly 30 years. Oscar Garcia and his brother, Lenny, who are the sons of the original Garcia’s owner, are managing this location for the family.
The Mexican eatery is located at the spot of the former Swiss Pasteries Bakery. The Garcia family purchased the property a few years ago with an eye toward opening a second restaurant. After extensive interior renovations that transformed the bakery into a sit-down restaurant, the family opened El Garcia last spring.
El Garcia receives excellent reviews on Yelp–an average of 4.5 stars–with people raving about the spicy red salsa that arrives at the table with warm crispy tortilla chips. I can personally testify to the excellent guacamole made with cilantro and sweet onions. And I highly recommend the chorizo burrito suizo, served on a colorful pottery plate.
This is one Follow Me on Friday event you won’t want to miss!
Follow Me on Friday is one of my efforts to encourage my constituents to sample some of the 49th Ward’s finest restaurants, pubs, businesses and festivals. About once or twice a month on my Facebook page, I post the name and location of a local restaurant, pub, business or festival where I’ll be hanging out after work on Friday. The establishment offers specials for all my Facebook followers and their friends. It’s a great opportunity for you to check out one of the fine local 49th Ward businesses you may not have visited before.
Previous Follow Me on Friday locations include Ethiopian Diamond II, 7537 N. Clark; Waterfront Cafe, 6219 N. Sheridan; Good To Go Jamaican Cuisine & Fruit Bar, 1947 W. Howard; the Caribbean American Bakery, 1539 W. Howard; The Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood; Bruno and Tim’s Lounge, 6562 N. Sheridan; Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse; the Common Cup, 1501 W. Morse; The Fish Keg, 2233 W. Howard; La Cazuela, 6922 N. Clark; El Famous Burrito, 7047 N. Clark; The New 400 Theaters, 6746 N. Sheridan; Rogers Park Fine Wine and Spirits, 6733 N. Clark; Poitin Stil, 1502 W. Jarvis; Northside Community Resources, 1530 W. Morse; Felice’s Roman Style Pizza, 6441 N. Sheridan; Lighthouse Tavern, 1236 W. Chase; Royal Coffee Chicago, 6764 N. Sheridan; the Greenleaf Arts Center, 1806 W. Greenleaf; Taste Food and Wine, 1506 W. Jarvis; Badou Senegalese Cuisine, 2055 W. Howard; Morse Gyros and Chicken, 1335 W. Morse; Den Den Restaurant, 6635 N. Clark; Bop ‘N’ Grill, 6604 N. Sheridan, El Pulpo Loco, 6619 N. Clark; R Public House, 1508 W. Jarvis; the Glenwood Dance Studio, 7017 N. Glenwood; Twisted Tapas, 1146 W. Pratt; La Choza Mexican Grill, 7022 N. Clark; Rogers Park Social, 6920 N. Glenwood; the Pottawattomie Park Picnic in the Park, 7340 N. Rogers; Audio Archaeology, 1324 W. Devon; Thai Spice, 1320 W. Devon; VZN Eye Care, 6814 N. Sheridan; Hops and Grapes, 6816 N. Sheridan; SP Kebab, 6808 N. Sheridan; Devon Heartland Health Center, 1300 W. Devon; The Oasis, 6809 N. Sheridan; Ireland’s, 6511 N. Sheridan; McDonald’s, 6740 N. Clark; Oak Street Health, 1541 W. Devon; BMO Harris Smart Branch, 6556 N. Sheridan; True Nature Foods at the Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood; Pub 626, 1406 W. Morse; Su Taqueria El Rey del Taco, 7138 N. Clark; The Side Project, 1435 W. Jarvis; NovaCare Rehabilitation, 1214 W. Loyola Court; Leona’s, 6935 N. Sheridan; Capt’n Nemo’s, 7367 N. Clark; Cunneen’s Bar, 1424 W. Devon; Lakeshore Community Partners, 6443 N. Sheridan; the Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard; Rogers Pier, 6800 N. Sheridan; Safari Lounge & Ethiopian Cuisine, 7124 N. Clark; Clarke’s Diner, 6431 N. Sheridan; the A&T Pancake House and Grill, 7036 N. Clark; Anytime Fitness Chicago-North, 1346 W. Devon; Theater Above the Law, 1439 W. Jarvis; Rogue Fusion, 7027 N. Clark; Blaze Pizza–Loyola, 6550 N. Sheridan; Caffé ArrivaDolce, 6451 N. Sheridan; the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, 7363 N. Greenview; Reflections of Lola, 1771 W. Greenleaf; the State Farm insurance office of Nick Kosiek, 7051 N. Clark; Red Sea Restaurant, 2043 W. Howard; Crepes on the Beach, 1230 W Greenleaf; Bulldog Ale House, 6606 N Sheridan; the Kermes Street Festival at St. Jerome Church, 1709 W. Lunt; Empirical Brew Pub, 1330 W. Morse; I Dream of Falafel, 6558 N. Sheridan; Nodd Pottery, 7063 N. Glenwood; Midnight Mac & Cheeserie, 6981 N. Sheridan; the Heartland Cafe Bar, 7006 N. Glenwood; and TJam Kitchen, 1418 W. Howard.
I look forward to seeing you at El Garcia this Friday!