Although I live and work in the burbs, I like to dine in the city weekly because there is a lack of
modern restaurants near me. Eating at Libertad was like being in the city. I'm happy that the
suburbs has another modern dining option.
I very much enjoyed the food, atmosphere, service, drinks and menu (structure/layout).
The restaurant is billed as modern Latin. What makes it so?
- -Latin flavors, but many dishes have some non-traditional and/or creative touches.
-The plating is striking
-Decor is fresh (reclaimed woods; kitchen overlooking dining area)
-Menu changes frequently (supposedly - we'll see in a few months)
-Drink menu contains some craft beers, wines and cocktails (many with Hum spirits)
The menu is separated into fish / veg / meat categories and dishes range from $5 - $13.
The wife and I stared with the ceviche of the day (~$12), which was tilapia. We enjoyed it,
but I don't remember enough about it to talk in more detail. We each had a Hum cocktail ($9)
with the ceviche.
The next dish we ordered was our favorite. It was scallops with black rice, green beans
and a yummy yuzo-habanero butter sauce ($13). The scallops were perfectly cooked with a
solid sear. The sauce was rich, but not to heavy, had a little kick at the end and complimented
the rice. The green beans had a nice crunch. Excellent. Here is a picture from their website.
I didn't take any photos, but this is a good representation of what I received.
We had a risotto ($8) off of the veg menu. A good risotto, but in hindsight I'd have skipped it
since there was a decent amount of rice with our scallop dish.
As for meat, we tried the chicken ($11) and pork tenderloin ($12) dishes. The chicken was moist
and juicy and had a crispy skin. It was served with asparagus and jus. I think the a different
veg would make for a more successful marriage between the chicken and jus.
Our last savory was the pork tenderloin. I was running out of steam at this point, but did like
the pork with the parsnip puree.
Unfortunately, I didn't have room to order the lamb plate. I'll try that next time.
We did try the carrot cake ($7). This was also a favorite of mine. I was a modern interpretation - a
small square with pineapple chunks, pineapple ice cream and carrot syrup. Yum.
They recommend 2 to 3 dishes per person and I think that is a reasonable expectation.
7931 Lincoln Avenue,
Skokie Illinois 60077