Alfresco Vibes

Appears in the September 2021 issue.

A Toda Madre’s signature aquachile was tailor-made for the Glen Ellyn hot spot’s new outdoor patio. Poached shrimp and lime-drenched tilapia—set in a salsa negra made with citrus and chiltepin peppers—is a dynamic expression of coastal Mexican cooking. Think cool Pacific breezes made edible, with crunchy leeks and creamy avocado. “It’s beer-and-beach food,” says partner Julio Cano. “Simple, yet delicious.”

Photo courtesy A Toda Madre