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La Josie

The newest taste to hit West Loop brings a modern twist on traditional Mexican cuisine.

 The brainchild of owner Jose “Pepe” Barajas and executive chef Saul Chavez, La Josie puts on display deep Jalisco roots, forged in decades of experience whipping up fare in his uncle’s revered South Side institution Tacqueria Los Comales.

We couldn’t wait to see what they had to offer, so we started with some Tacos: Carne de Asada and tender, juicy Pollo Rostizado; the juicy, spicy prawns that came out with the Orden de Langostinos made it hard to leave.  We’ll be going back to check out some of our favorite traditional offerings, such as the Cochinita Pibil (achiote pulled pork with pickled onions and a fiery habanero salsa) and veal cheek Barbacoa

Seeing all the elaborate concoctions on Grizel Preciado’s inspired cocktail menu, it’s hard to go wrong. With a healthy pour of top-shelf mezcal and tequila, and a splash of Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado, we guarantee “Yo Soy Para Ti…” will be your favorite beer margarita, ever.

This is traditional, family-style Mexican food that comes from the heart, in a decidedly contemporary, urban setting. The love that they bring to the cuisine, and decades of experience shared between Pepe and Chef Chavez tells us that La Josie will be the next big thing to watch out for in the cutthroat West Loop restaurant scene—so the next time you’re in the West Loop, pop on over to 740 W. Randolph St. and pay them a visit. Tell them CUSP Magazine sent you.

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