Irazu

★★★★☆
  • 1865 N Milwaukee Ave

    Chicago, IL 60647

    Cross street: North Oakley Avenue

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  • 773-252-5687

About Irazu

Hours
Mon-Sat 11:30am-9:30pm Closed Sunday

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Awesomeness. I always want to try new foods. This was recommended to me by a friend and is not one of my favorite places. Try the Chili Renlenos, so good, and the pepper is not tough at all. Most of the entrees come with sweet plantains on the side, and a cabbage salad which I thought I wouldn't like, but was actually pretty good. The tilapia tacos are fantastic. The only thing I've had that I did not really care for was a sandwich with breaded beef slices on it, I forgot the name, but it was tough. This is the first place I've ever had civiche and I loved it. They also have the regular stuff like burritos, in addition to the more unique costa rican entrees. I realized they also deliver, and now Irazu is one of my favorite delivery restaurants! I gotta try that oatmeal shake soon.......

5
★★★★★

Awesomeness. I always want to try new foods. This was recommended to me by a friend and is not one of my favorite places. Try the Chili Renlenos, so good, and the pepper is not tough at all. Most of the entrees come with sweet plantains on the side, and a cabbage salad which I thought I wouldn't like, but was actually pretty good. The tilapia tacos are fantastic. The only thing I've had that I did not really care for was a sandwich with breaded beef slices on it, I forgot the name, but it was tough. This is the first place I've ever had civiche and I loved it. They also have the regular stuff like burritos, in addition to the more unique costa rican entrees. I realized they also deliver, and now Irazu is one of my favorite delivery restaurants! I gotta try that oatmeal shake soon.......

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The food here is great, but that's not important.

Not when it's a melting humid day and I'm sweating like a pig in a sauna. On these instances, which happen all too often in Chicago, all I want is an Avena Shake sprinkled liberally with cinnamon. These oatmeal shakes are heavenly and unlike anything I have tasted anywhere else. Like an horchata and DQ blizzard lovechild on steroids.

Imagine the best oatmeal cookie you've ever had, blended up and chilled. You pretty much get the idea. This shake is rich and flavorful, but never overpowering. I'm always able to finish the entire thing in just a few gulps. Try the oatmeal banana if you're in the mood for something a little tropical.

If you know a poor teenager who has braces and chewing hurts so bad that they are on a bizarre liquid diet - bring them to Irazu for an oatmeal shake and they will be eternally grateful.

2
★★★★★

The food here is great, but that's not important.

Not when it's a melting humid day and I'm sweating like a pig in a sauna. On these instances, which happen all too often in Chicago, all I want is an Avena Shake sprinkled liberally with cinnamon. These oatmeal shakes are heavenly and unlike anything I have tasted anywhere else. Like an horchata and DQ blizzard lovechild on steroids.

Imagine the best oatmeal cookie you've ever had, blended up and chilled. You pretty much get the idea. This shake is rich and flavorful, but never overpowering. I'm always able to finish the entire thing in just a few gulps. Try the oatmeal banana if you're in the mood for something a little tropical.

If you know a poor teenager who has braces and chewing hurts so bad that they are on a bizarre liquid diet - bring them to Irazu for an oatmeal shake and they will be eternally grateful.

Pros: Avena Shake

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This afternoon, a wormhole opened up at Irazu Restaurant and delivered this unsuspecting diner straight to Buca Di Beppo. Now it is unusual indeed for a wormhole to masquerade as a bowl of chicken soup but evidently, adding enough garlic to a bowl of liquid can create strange phenomena. And this wasn??t all. It would appear that the soup pot doubles as the restaurant??s grease trap since there was more of it floating on top than actual ingredients. I guess during these economic times, anything to save a penny is worthwhile.

However, it would be unfair to withhold the positives of which there are many. Not even at Subway can one still get a giant sandwich for $4.95, on great bread and bursting with beef. The burritos are bizarrely good and the empanadas the greatest deal on the menu.

This place has been around for years and you owe it yourself to go the next time a burrito craving strikes you. Just hold the soup and save everyone around you from holding their noses.

2
★★★★★

This afternoon, a wormhole opened up at Irazu Restaurant and delivered this unsuspecting diner straight to Buca Di Beppo. Now it is unusual indeed for a wormhole to masquerade as a bowl of chicken soup but evidently, adding enough garlic to a bowl of liquid can create strange phenomena. And this wasn??t all. It would appear that the soup pot doubles as the restaurant??s grease trap since there was more of it floating on top than actual ingredients. I guess during these economic times, anything to save a penny is worthwhile.

However, it would be unfair to withhold the positives of which there are many. Not even at Subway can one still get a giant sandwich for $4.95, on great bread and bursting with beef. The burritos are bizarrely good and the empanadas the greatest deal on the menu.

This place has been around for years and you owe it yourself to go the next time a burrito craving strikes you. Just hold the soup and save everyone around you from holding their noses.

Pros: Cost, large portions, Cubano Sandwich

Cons: Cash only.

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Worst service in Bucktown, rude guy behind the counter, waiters never follow-up with you. Food has no taste. Looking for Costa Rican food, it's not found here.

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★☆☆☆☆

Worst service in Bucktown, rude guy behind the counter, waiters never follow-up with you. Food has no taste. Looking for Costa Rican food, it's not found here.

Pros: cheap

Cons: worst service

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I don't own a car, but everytime I have access to one I go to this place. The food is delicious and very affortable. My picks: passion fruit juice, pepito, empanadas and sweet fried plantain. yum!

2
★★★★☆

I don't own a car, but everytime I have access to one I go to this place. The food is delicious and very affortable. My picks: passion fruit juice, pepito, empanadas and sweet fried plantain. yum!

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I feel bad that some people had a bad experience, but let's face it, you can't please everyone. I on the other hand found the service to be wonderful. It's not a 5 star kind of place and I found that refreshing. It's got character and the food was brilliant. Simple, cheap, good food!

2
★★★★☆

I feel bad that some people had a bad experience, but let's face it, you can't please everyone. I on the other hand found the service to be wonderful. It's not a 5 star kind of place and I found that refreshing. It's got character and the food was brilliant. Simple, cheap, good food!

Pros: guacamole, slasa verde

Cons: only one, unisex bathroom

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My husaband and I traveled once again to far away land in search of something new. I figured he might like this spot considering he spent 5 weeks in Costa Rica and this is the only costa rican restaurant listed in the city of Chicago. The atmosphere is quaint and small on the inside. The outside of the building looks like it used to be an old gas station so don't be thrown off by that. I ordered the grilled flank steak dinner with yellow rice and black beans which was decent. My husband however ordered " chicken cosado" ( I hope that's right). It was some very tired looking chicken with a type of pico de gallo on top, rice with a fried egg on it and black beans. Needless to say he was not thrilled. Seeing that I like tea and had never run into a bad one yet I ventured to order the " iced hibiscus tea". First time for everything (running into one I didn't like). It was like grape kool-aid with no sugar. We informed the waitress that we didn't like them and would like to change drinks. My husband had fond memories of Guanabena also called Sour Sop. The first indicator that we should have stayed away from these drinks was that they were offered as shakes made with water or milk. I thought all shakes were made with ice cream and milk but hey, I am not well traveled. The surname to this drink said it all. It tasted like spoiled milk ( in both water or milk, it didn't matter). I hate that we wasted 12$ just in bad soft drinks alone. In short it was nice just to try something different but not an experience I would welcome again. As always though try it for yourself and see because what is trash to one person may be treasure to another.

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★★★☆☆

My husaband and I traveled once again to far away land in search of something new. I figured he might like this spot considering he spent 5 weeks in Costa Rica and this is the only costa rican restaurant listed in the city of Chicago. The atmosphere is quaint and small on the inside. The outside of the building looks like it used to be an old gas station so don't be thrown off by that. I ordered the grilled flank steak dinner with yellow rice and black beans which was decent. My husband however ordered " chicken cosado" ( I hope that's right). It was some very tired looking chicken with a type of pico de gallo on top, rice with a fried egg on it and black beans. Needless to say he was not thrilled. Seeing that I like tea and had never run into a bad one yet I ventured to order the " iced hibiscus tea". First time for everything (running into one I didn't like). It was like grape kool-aid with no sugar. We informed the waitress that we didn't like them and would like to change drinks. My husband had fond memories of Guanabena also called Sour Sop. The first indicator that we should have stayed away from these drinks was that they were offered as shakes made with water or milk. I thought all shakes were made with ice cream and milk but hey, I am not well traveled. The surname to this drink said it all. It tasted like spoiled milk ( in both water or milk, it didn't matter). I hate that we wasted 12$ just in bad soft drinks alone. In short it was nice just to try something different but not an experience I would welcome again. As always though try it for yourself and see because what is trash to one person may be treasure to another.

Pros: Didn't have to wait for a table

Cons: the soft drinks other than pop

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We walked in at about 7:30 on a Tuesday night,we were told the wait would be 20-25 minutes,which was a lie,we waited an hour and ten minutes. When we were finally seated, the waitress failed to give us menus. After seeing her taking order for people that had been seated after us,I got up and asked her for menus,she STILL failed to come over and take an order or acknowledge us. In fact,she took more orders for people seated after us. That is the point when we decided to leave for poor service. After waiting as long as we did apparently wanting them to take our order was a little to much to ask. At the end of the night I paid $3 for my chips and salsa and wasted two hours of my life. I will never go back to this place and I absolutely DO NOT reccomend it!

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★☆☆☆☆

We walked in at about 7:30 on a Tuesday night,we were told the wait would be 20-25 minutes,which was a lie,we waited an hour and ten minutes. When we were finally seated, the waitress failed to give us menus. After seeing her taking order for people that had been seated after us,I got up and asked her for menus,she STILL failed to come over and take an order or acknowledge us. In fact,she took more orders for people seated after us. That is the point when we decided to leave for poor service. After waiting as long as we did apparently wanting them to take our order was a little to much to ask. At the end of the night I paid $3 for my chips and salsa and wasted two hours of my life. I will never go back to this place and I absolutely DO NOT reccomend it!

Cons: Service, Ambience

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I've lived in the carribean and have lived on Costa Rica. I don't see what chicagoans flock to this place. It has character someone says. Sure, if character is what you describe the woman that runs it as having no personality and no social understanding. Someone says the food is terrific! So I tried the food. what most of what they server turns out to be just simple fired or sautéd steak. steak that is not that tender to begin with! Maybe my taste buds are different than most? But for good quality dishes that run about the same type try Rinconcito Sudamericano. The owners's idea of 20 minutes seems to be 1 hour..yes we waited 1 hour for food....for take out!.. her comment.."we're not a fast food chain"....but she forgets.. they're also not a gourmet restaurant and sautéd steak doesn't take 1 hour to make!

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★★☆☆☆

I've lived in the carribean and have lived on Costa Rica. I don't see what chicagoans flock to this place. It has character someone says. Sure, if character is what you describe the woman that runs it as having no personality and no social understanding. Someone says the food is terrific! So I tried the food. what most of what they server turns out to be just simple fired or sautéd steak. steak that is not that tender to begin with! Maybe my taste buds are different than most? But for good quality dishes that run about the same type try Rinconcito Sudamericano. The owners's idea of 20 minutes seems to be 1 hour..yes we waited 1 hour for food....for take out!.. her comment.."we're not a fast food chain"....but she forgets.. they're also not a gourmet restaurant and sautéd steak doesn't take 1 hour to make!

Pros: ????

Cons: service, food, ambiance

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The shakes are sublime, but like nothing else I've ever had. I've tried several flavors, but I keep going back to the oatmeal shake. Amazing! As for the food, it's all quite good. I highly recommend the veggie burrito with the mushrooms. Yummmm!

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★★★★★

The shakes are sublime, but like nothing else I've ever had. I've tried several flavors, but I keep going back to the oatmeal shake. Amazing! As for the food, it's all quite good. I highly recommend the veggie burrito with the mushrooms. Yummmm!

Pros: Great food, Friendly, Unique

Cons: Disorganized, Slow, No A/C in summer

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Irazu has been one of my favorite restaurants in the city since the first time I've been there. The prices are extremely reasonable, and it's BYOB which is always nice. Try the traditional Costa Rican meals, such as gallo pinto with eggs and plantains. Their sandwiches and burritos are extremely good as well. They also have great fruit shakes, and their oatmal shake is a specialty. Casual, pretty small place, it's usualy busy. Cash only.

PROS: Price, variety
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5
★★★★★

Irazu has been one of my favorite restaurants in the city since the first time I've been there. The prices are extremely reasonable, and it's BYOB which is always nice. Try the traditional Costa Rican meals, such as gallo pinto with eggs and plantains. Their sandwiches and burritos are extremely good as well. They also have great fruit shakes, and their oatmal shake is a specialty. Casual, pretty small place, it's usualy busy. Cash only.

PROS: Price, variety
CONS:

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This is my favorite place to chow down on a nice juicy steak sandwich sauteed with some onions and hot peppers and nestled between 2 warm pieces of french rolls. On the side, the tostones (fried plantains with garlic) are just out of this world. But don't forget to ask for that secret sauce. I would definitely recommend this place for cheap eats and great horchatas. Friendly staff and great service. Go there early to beat the crowd.

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★★★★★

This is my favorite place to chow down on a nice juicy steak sandwich sauteed with some onions and hot peppers and nestled between 2 warm pieces of french rolls. On the side, the tostones (fried plantains with garlic) are just out of this world. But don't forget to ask for that secret sauce. I would definitely recommend this place for cheap eats and great horchatas. Friendly staff and great service. Go there early to beat the crowd.

Pros: great food, great price, friendly staff

Cons: too small

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great food. family-owned authentic costa rican restaurant--definitely a niche that needs filling and has been gloriously by this quaint little spot that not enough people know about.

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★★★★★

great food. family-owned authentic costa rican restaurant--definitely a niche that needs filling and has been gloriously by this quaint little spot that not enough people know about.

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In the 7 years I've been eating at Irazu I've never left disappointed or hungry. The food is great, I recommend everything from the huge burritos to the garlic fried yuca and guanabana shakes. In fact you can all that for around $10. The family that runs the place is great and they always make you feel at home. So bring a friend and try something new, you'll be glad you did.

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★★★★★

In the 7 years I've been eating at Irazu I've never left disappointed or hungry. The food is great, I recommend everything from the huge burritos to the garlic fried yuca and guanabana shakes. In fact you can all that for around $10. The family that runs the place is great and they always make you feel at home. So bring a friend and try something new, you'll be glad you did.

Pros: Selection, Value, Friendly Environment

Cons: Parking, Cash Only

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The seating is limited, the pace is fast and the Costa Rican fare includes items like burritos, which---along with tacos---go beyond the usual Mexican interpretation. But the dish to have is the pork chops with rice and beans. Other…

 

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