THE DIVER - CHICAGO You want to fly away to somewhere cool…
In a space that recalls an urbanized beach shack dropped into the center of River North, The Diver has wood siding and colorful murals, cedar lining and seagrass fixtures, and it serves up dishes and drinks that go way beyond what you might expect at one of Chicago’s many other fine Mexican restaurants.
The ceviche section of the menu is a good place to start, and The Diver features tangy vegan, tuna and mahi variations, but you’re probably going to want to try the aguachile ceviche with shrimp, mango, blood orange, habanero, onion, mint and microgreens. One bite and the cool breeze through the open windows on Ohio and Wells will make you think you’re on a Baja beach.
In the Beach Bites section of the menu, you’ll find mussels in coconut milk and tostadas topped with tuna and mahi-mahi. Looking very inviting is the Playa Salad, with kale, watermelon, jicama, cucumber, beet, pumpkin seed, all dressed with orange/lime vinaigrette.
In the mood for a taco? The Diver, of course, has lots of them: there’s a Baja taco of beer-battered cod and another of chicken pibil, which is the bird prepared in the style of the Yucatan peninsula. Minds will be blown with the Lobster BLT, with the eponymous crustacean, pork belly, avocado crema and house slaw.