Chile Verde and Chile Rojo, Flo

If you’re going to turn another year older, you might as well do it with a bloody mary in hand. That’s how we see it.

We recently visited Flo in West Town for a friend’s birthday. Since it wasn’t our first rodeo, we knew the wait can be long (especially for a large group like ours) with little space to hang out and wait for your table. Annddd they don’t accept reservations for brunch. Luckily, there’s a self-serve coffee station where you can warm up and caffeinate prior to being seated.

Once you snag a seat and glance over the impressive brunch cocktail menu, you’ll see there’s a plethora from which to choose. Eight different mimosas, three bloody marys and a long list of inventive cocktails. (BTW we’re totally getting the Mole Margarita next time: Tequila, chocolate wine and red chili. Wuuut.) But you know, the business at hand. First, you pick your bloody favorite base: Cholula, Chile Verde or Chili Rojo. Then, you pick your poison—tequila, vodka or housemade bacon bourbon.


To be honest, we were skeptical to order the Chile Verde bloody mary. It was thick and soupy last time we tried it. Flo must have revamped the recipe because this bloody, made with tequila, was lighter and tangy. Also muy spicy, albeit a little watery. The twist on this one is green chile, jalapeño, and dare we say, a little lime? After tasting, two other party peeps ordered this gem. Delicious, different, though not overtly remarkable.

The Chile Rojo bloody mary is made with the New Mexico red chile, which gives it a chipotle-like taste. We highly recommend ordering this one with the bacon bourbon, which gives the spicy tomato flavor a smoky, oaky finish. The mix is hearty and flavorful. A pretty sturdy go-to, in our books. 



The food. We’re not exaggerating when we say that everyone at the table cleaned their plates. If you follow this blog, you’re not surprised by this. We’re suckers for anything Mexican/Southwest inspired. The Huevos Rancheros and Huevos Verdes were hits among the table, as were the Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas.

Chili Verde with tequila: Our rating (scale of 1–5)

Taste: 3

Spice: 3.5

Treats: 3

Creativity: 3.5

Overall: 3.25

Chili Rojo with bacon bourbon: Our rating (scale of 1–5)

Taste: 3.5

Spice: 3.5

Treats: 3

Creativity: 3

Overall: 3.25

Restaurant Information

* Restaurant Name
Flo Restaurant
* Overall
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
West Town
* Street Address
1434 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
* Phone
(312) 243-0477
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4 thoughts on “Chile Verde and Chile Rojo, Flo

  1. yummm I think I know where I’m going this weekend. 🙂

  2. There’s a Cholula base?! OMG. I’m downright obsessed with Cholula (I have three different flavors of it in my fridge as we speak). Need to check this out.

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