Saturday, January 31, 2015

Muy Caliente

La Sierna Clandestina is the West Loop's new Latin lover


Hot tubs, body heat, whiskey shots: a few of our favorite ways to get warm.

Add another to the list: hot, spicy chicken thighs from La Sirena Clandestina, Fulton Market's rustic new hub for home cooking from Brazil and Argentina.

It may not be as sexy as going topless on Rio's Ipanema Beach, but earth tones enveloping all sides from a bronze ceiling and exposed brick walls add a cozy glow to the intimate space.

With the menu divided into “from the street” and “from the home," a welcoming selection of baked empanadas rotates daily on the "street" side while skewered rabbit, sea bass, and pork loin make their casa in the "home" section.

No exotic getaway would be complete without tequila and their classic, shaken and stirred concoctions can satisfy your South American cravings with cocktails like the Punch Drunk in Buzios with cachaça, cognac, apricot preserves, tea, fresh lime and house-made ginger beer.

After a few cocktails, this secret mermaid will have you doing flips.

La Sirena Clandestina
954 W. Fulton Mkt. (N. Morgan St.), West Loop
(312) 226-5300

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: Green Line to Morgan
Scene: Affordable and casual are rarely seen in the West Loop, so expect a busy crowd
Best bets: Grilled lobster tail; acaraje; pork loin milanesa
Hot seat: With only 50 of them in the entire space, any seat will be coveted
Nearby: The Publican; Aviary; Vera

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