Don Juan Restaurante (Restaurant & Bar, Edison Park)

Location: 6730 N. Northwest Highway
Phone: (773) 775-6438
Cuisine: Mexican

After a stressful week at school and work, some friends and I needed a way to wind down. So, we decided to head out for a relaxing happy hour and Mexican dinner at Don Juan Restaurante in Edison Park.

Located on the corner of N. Northwest Highway and North Oshkosh Avenue, Don Juan Restaurante is the perfect Edison Park locale and is surrounded by several other restaurants and bars comprising Edison Park’s main square.

The restaurant is divided between a bar area and a dining room, and although you can order food in both areas, you should choose where to sit based on the atmosphere you seek. We opted for the dining room, which is filled with several tables of eager diners. It’s spacious, accommodating, and friendly to big groups and families. The servers and staff were friendly and attentive, and even stopped to chat with my friend, who was a regular at the bar.

Don Juan offers several options including savory soups, generous entrees, taco and burrito meals, fajitas, and an endless supply of chips and salsa. We ordered a mojito, a piña colada, and a strawberry margarita, and went for the more expensive entrée meals to get the true Don Juan’s experience. All entrees are under $20, but if you stick to the Antojitos Mexicanos, or taco and burrito plates, you can easily get out of Don Juan for under $10. Our dinners were brought out after a couple rounds of drinks and tortilla chips, and the taste was up to par. If you want to take advantage of the trek to Edison Park, I would suggest one of Don Juan specialties, including their Chiles Rellenos, Pulled Pork Tostadas, or Carne Asada à la Tampiqueña.

After sampling Don Juan spicy fare and generous margaritas, I encourage you to walk around and explore other establishments in the area. There’s something for everyone—sports fans, young professionals, and those just wanting to grab a quiet drink in a cozy pub.


About Molly Tranberg

Molly Tranberg loves discovering new things in Chicago–especially all of its wonderful food. She is a freelance writer and editor currently working from her very comfy couch on the Northside of Chicago. Her dream is to one day ride a segway around the city and heli-ski in Alaska.

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