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Barrio was bustling on a recent Friday afternoon, and I guessed there were two reasons: Maybe the crowd was pumped with that end-of-the-week-holiday-season vibe or maybe it was buoyed by a sense of expectation (or already knew what was coming). We present them..." data-sc-sl="ct-food-restaurant-reviews-speedround-1220" data-sc-cont="story" data-sc-nn="Chicago Tribune" data-sc-contid="95448490" When the end of the year rolls around, Food & Dining likes to take a quick look at new restaurants that, for one reason or another (the principal reason being X restaurants to cover and Y amount of time, where X Y), we didn’t get around to covering. We present them in speed-dating format: We’re not giving you each restaurant’s whole story, but there should be enough information here to discern whether you’re tempted to visit.I know I was wondering what to expect from this Near North restaurant helmed by Katsuji Tanabe of “Top Chef” fame.As the Tribune reported around the time Barrio opened last summer, look for “Mexican-ish” here.Lunch is a creative take on Mexican dishes and flavors that pull in American and Japanese additions.Asked for his recommendations, the server immediately pointed to two starters: grilled octopus () and cornbread ().
On the sweet side, the cocoa taco () is a cute waffle-cone-like crisp shaped into a taco and filled with chocolate ice cream and brownie cubes, among other sweet things, but what wowed me were the three churros (), doughnutlike circles dusted in cinnamon sugar.They’re big — you may want to share — but are wonderfully light and airy.Served alongside are small pots of salty caramel sauce, rich chocolate and a vanilla crema.Barrio is a handsome restaurant sporting 200 seats, with options ranging from communal-length tables to booths framed with curtains.