Tuco & Blondie is a vibrant Mexican cantina in Lakeview. The atmosphere is perfect for a quick bite for lunch or a night out with friends. The menu offers tacos, fajitas, nachos and other Mexican classics.
The space itself is gorgeous. There are glimpses of cacti all throughout the restaurant. A huge “MEXIFUN” neon sign welcomes you into the cantina. From the aqua blue chairs to the Frida Kahlo mural, this restaurant surely will grab your attention. My favorite spot must be the colorful piñata filled room in the back. You can also find a creepy but cool cat mascot, decked out in neon above some of the booths.
I am absolutely in love with the fresh chips and salsa. did i mention they are free? Make sure you ask for a side of guac because it is out of this world. Margaritas are the drink of choice here. I highly recommend you indulge in the Black Cherry or Cadillac margaritas. The Cadillac margarita has don julio reposado, Cointreau, lime, agave and gran mariner. This margarita is a new twist on a classic margarita. My favorite margarita is the Black Cherry. This margarita is shaken with piedra azul reposad, triple sec, lime, agave and topped off with a juicy black cherry.
All of the cocktails at Tuco & Blondie come garnished with fresh fruit or a colorful swizzle stick. The cocktails are anything but disappointing. If you are with a group of buddies, make sure you snag a margarita pitcher. There is more then enough to share and the margarita options are insanely good.
The service at Tuco & Blondie is fantastic. Every time I dine in, my server is always kind, attentive and quick. The food comes flaming out of the kitchen in record time. The chili braised short rib tacos are a huge standout menu item. Everything was perfectly seasoned, sauced and cooked with love. My go-to at Tuco is the chicken tinga taco platter. These three tacos drip with flavor and zest. They might be a bit messy, but they are 100% worth the hassle.
This colorful space is full of electric murals, great food and a spacious patio in the back, are reason enough to visit Tuco & Blondie. Make sure you visit the patio during the summer, ideally for sipping on margaritas and enjoying some gorgeous sun rays.