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Bar faceoff: High Noon Saloon vs. Ay Chiwowa
Could it be the Big Star effect? While Paul Kahan's ridiculously popular Wicker Park taco-and-whiskey garage was a novelty when it opened more than three years ago, the idea of the casual Mexican-inspired bar is catching on. River North's Ay Chiwowa (311 W. Chicago Ave. 312-643-3200), Rockit Ranch's trendy take on a taqueria, and Wicker Park's High Noon Saloon (1560 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-227-9339), a Tex-Mex sports bar, both have opened within the past six weeks with plenty of tortillas and tequila to go around. I visited both newcomers to find out which bar packs the most spice.
By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink
March 27, 2013