My husband and I decided to try Barbakoa on a bit of a lark. It has very limited parking-we had an early reservation, so we were able to find a spot on our own, but they do offer valet. The inside of the restaurant is gorgeous and eclectic, with a combination of different furniture pieces: a little bit latin farmhouse glam? We were in "date" clothes and seemed to fit in the middle: we saw families in t-shirts and jeans, as well as older couples dressed more fancy than we were, and no one seemed out of place. The servers are friendly and knowledgeable and attentive. The menu is primarily tastings, that enable you to pick from something lighter (if you just wanted to have drinks and some snacks) to more substantial (a multi-course dinner). They offer various salsas, guacamoles, ceviches and tacos in addition to a few plated entrees (if tasting menus aren't your thing-but I strongly suggest the tasting idea: it's fun!). Their drink menu is fantastic, and fairly reasonably priced. The food didn't change my life-but there was nothing I ordered that I didn't enjoy. Downers Grove was in need of a fun spot like this, especially with so many colleges and universities nearby.
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