La Chimenea – Saukville 4/5

150 S. Foster Dr
Saukville, WI 53080

La Chimenea in Saukville, WI is an authentic Mexican restaurant with some of the best Mexican food around. This is La Chimenea’s second location. Together they offer a large selection of Mexican specialties. But is their food, service, and atmosphere worth spending a night on the town?

Immediately when you walk in, it’s evident that the owners tried to give La Chimenea a “sports bar” atmosphere. There are tons of big screen TVs all around tuned to ESPN and other sports channels. The dining area is one big open space that is separated by raised platforms. The majority of their seating is tables. However, there are a handful of half-circle booths for larger groups. Overall, their atmosphere is a little drab. The only true decorations they have are the TVs, which are impressive in size but not appeal. From the looks of it, their Americanized sports bar décor falls short of their authentic Mexican persona. The good news is that their food is a stark contrast to the dreary atmosphere.

La Chimenea’s menu is organized mainly in plates of two or three. Confusingly, many entrees come in plates of two AND three but with completely different names, so it might take a little reading to figure out exactly what you want.

I ordered the “Zapata,” which is just two tacos al pastor with rice and beans. If you’re unenlightened, tacos al pastor is marinated pork usually served with pineapple, cilantro, and diced onions. La Chimenea was the first place that I ordered the dish, and I fell in love. Their tacos al pastor is a delicious mix of savory, spicy, and sweet. At other Mexican restaurants you’ll find that they skimp on the preparation and only put pineapple juice into the marinade, not pineapple chunks the actual taco. What results is a less-than-stellar taco that can’t hold a candle up to La Chimenea’s. My dinner mates and I go to La Chimenea just to order their tacos al pastor! Although, we all agree that their other dishes are equally as delicious. Overall, their food is amazingly good. It doesn’t arrive soaked in grease, either, which is a problem that seems to plague many Mexican restaurants.

The service is insightful and friendly. They are attentive enough that I wasn’t left without refills for long periods of time. Having such great service was very refreshing.

La Chimenea offers delicious fare with attentive service at reasonable prices. The atmosphere might not be the best, but it doesn’t matter when compared to the areas they shine. It is highly recommended for people who usually don’t like Mexican food—the food doesn’t come soaked in grease and they have a large variety of dishes to try. Next time you’re in the area, be sure to stop by La Chimenea!



Cleo Crawford
08/03/2012 6:04pm

I liked this restaurant when I was there several years ago. That's why I was horrified when upon consuming the top layer of chips in the basket my friend and I were mortified to find the remaining chips out of site covered with mold. The staff was accommodating to the problem but didn't seem very alarmed about it. I'm willing to give it another try though.


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