Review: Barbakoa Tacos and Tequila

There is a creativity and whimsy at work here – Chef Dudley Nieto has reinterpreted Latin cuisine through the lens of an outsider, respectful of, but not bound by traditions.

Where to Honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

The Lynn Sage Foundation was started in 2003 by sisters Laura and Halee Sage after losing their mother, Lynn, to breast cancer at 39 years of age. The foundation raises over $300,000 annually to support the Lynn Sage Scholars program, funding some of our country's most promising researchers in the field of breast cancer.

Where to eat and drink in October to support breast cancer awareness

Through Oct. 31, $1 from every Pink Panther cocktail ordered will benefit the Lynn Sage Foundation's In Good Taste campaign.

Barbakoa – Modern Latin Food That Challenges Conventional Thinking

Barbakoa is an attractive and lively restaurant with a definitely upscale look and ambiance. Although they are technically not a sports bar, they do have large TV's in the bar area where you can watch your favorite games. They also have two private party rooms available for baby showers, corporate events, etc. Their outdoor patio has approximately 15 tables and a centerpiece fireplace...

Celebrating #NationalTequilaDay at Barbakoa

We started the meal with very spring cocktail featuring a ginger ice ball, hibiscus flowers and Patron Silver. It was a refreshing start to the dinner, which was paired with a duck empanada and thinly sliced jicama stuffed with shrimp and tuna tartare...

WCIU You & Me This Morning: Adam Seger Mixes It Up for National Tequila Day

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{Barbakoa} Latin Flavors Ignite!

There are so many exciting things about this restaurant that I am certain that I will make this a regular destination...

Barbakoa Review

Riotously colorful Barbakoa, a Jerry Kleiner venture, is a perennially packed hub for Nuevo Latin fare that’s meant to be shared, such as platters of tacos as well as guacamole, salsa and ceviche trios.

FIFA World Cup inspires cocktails at Barbakoa in Downers Grove

As the World Cup and temperatures heat up, Barbakoa, a modern Latin restaurant and bar in Downers Grove, has futbol fever as it celebrates the Latin countries and the U.S. participating in the 2014 FIFA soccer games.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Barbakoa

Cinco de Mayo entertainment at Barbakoa video

Cinco de Mayo the perfect time to savor a margarita

Barbakoa in Downers Grove offers more than 100 types of tequila and mescal, and you can have a margarita mixed with any of them.

Time Out! Restaurant Guide

Chef Dudley Nieto has combined his creative cuisine with Jerry Kleiner's riotously colorful design to bring a modern Latin eatery to the Western suburbs. Tacos, guac and offbeat margaritas are unbeatable and worth the drive.


Best: Barbakoa in Downers Grove

National Margarita Day & Margarita Recipes

This was a kick ass margarita served at Barbakoa Modern Latin Restaurantt, Downers Grove, Il. Instead of salt on the rim, they had one big swoop of salt on the side of the glass.

Around Chicago with Valerie Miller - Barbakoa

This restaurant features a refreshing new approach to modern Latin cuisine in an inviting upbeat atmosphere with a lively bar at the epicenter of several distinctive and colorful dining spaces.

Barbakoa's lively menu, decor add excitement to Butterfield Road

Jerry Kleiner's Nuevo Latin hot spot Barbakoa, is a welcome departure for the neighborhood, following the same vibrant, eclectic decorative theme as its Chicago siblings Carnivale and Redlight. Thanks to the fact that chef Dudley Nieto (Zocalo, Zapatista, Adobo Grill, et. al) is in the kitchen, the food is every bit as lively.

Latin-inspired in Downers Grove

Leave it to longtime restaurateur Jerry Kleiner to show us once more how to bring Chicago-style dining to the suburbs with his latest Latin-inspired venture, Barbakoa.

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  • We are definitely going back! We had ceviche, empanadas and paella and they were all to die for.
  • Awesome food drinks & bartenders.
  • Its been a long time since I've been this impressed by a new restaurant the food the flavors the atmosphere all of it awesome.