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1865 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, United States

On a wood plank sign, colorful markers advertising authentic Costa Rican dishes welcome visitors to this family-owned café in Bucktown. In addition to a small dining room, Irazu also features a popular outdoor patio that, while enclosed by a bamboo fence, still allows for people-watching in the summer. Regulars recommend the homemade empanadas as well as the casado, a traditional dish of meat or veggies with caramelized onions, rice and beans, sweet plantains, cabbage, and egg. However, Irazu’s most famous menu item is easily the oatmeal shake, described by diners as tasting like an oatmeal cookie in liquid form.

Restaurant
Irazu

On a wood plank sign, colorful markers advertising authentic Costa Rican dishes welcome visitors to this family-owned café in Bucktown. In addition to a small dining room, Irazu also features a popular outdoor patio that, while enclosed by a bamboo fence, still allows for people-watching in the summer. Regulars recommend the homemade empanadas as well as the casado, a traditional dish of meat or veggies with caramelized onions, rice and beans, sweet plantains, cabbage, and egg. However, Irazu’s most famous menu item is easily the oatmeal shake, described by diners as tasting like an oatmeal cookie in liquid form.