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Mesa Urbana

Mesa Urbana margarita


3 Signature Drinks

By Laura Hine

Main Street Social photo by Neil Burger


The feast is on! From dazzling debuts to dishes we crave, the North Shore's dining scene is tastier than ever.

Mesa Urbana
If it’s a handcrafted margarita made with fresh juice that you’re craving on a summer’s evening, Mesa Urbana offers eight varieties, each nicely balanced with addictive sweet and tart notes. The signature Urbana margarita uses white tequila, and orange, lemon and lime juices for tartness and a ribbon of cucumber for garnish. We strongly suggest the guacamole, which is served with slices of refreshing veggies, as a natural accompaniment. 3566 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook 


The Scarlet Night

Shakou Restaurants
With multiple locations, Shakou has found success with chic interiors, inventive Asian cuisine and interesting cocktails that elevate the evening’s potential. A prime example? The Scarlet Night, which includes bourbon, cinnamon-infused hibiscus syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice and an unexpected hibiscus flower garnish. 625 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville; 70 N. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights 

Main Street Social

The Oak Street

Main Street Social
Named after downtown landmark streets, the cocktail menu items at Main Street Social give not only options, but conversation starters. The Oak Street features mezcal vida, yellow chartreuse, guajillo, mango and a grilled lime. How did the mixologist decide which drink went with which street? Discuss and debate over a housemade flatbread topped with roasted garlic fondue and wild mushrooms. 608 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville