Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba | Chicago, Il

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 | click here to comment

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I love the space at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba. The bar area has several Serrano hams hanging from the ceiling and the main dining area is a large space with a glass roof, which made it feel contemporary and open. 

Gluten Free Cafe BaBaReeba

The gluten-free menu at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is not as extensive as their regular menu, but still had a lot to choose from. They are very conscientious about gluten-free eaters and will prepare your food in a separate kitchen upon request. We enjoyed the Paella Valenciana, Patatas Bravas, and Gambas al Ajillo. 

Gambas Al Ajillo Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

The food was hearty without being a gut bomb. I liked the shrimp quite a bit as they were sweet and had the perfect amount of garlicky flavor in the oil. I also liked the paella, but wished it had the crunchy soccarat that true Valencian paella is known for. 

Patatas Bravas Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

We didn't have to worry about the tot here since the atmosphere was quite loud and any whining from a 3 year old would be quickly drowned out by drunken laughter and loud conversation. 

Paella Valenciana Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

By the end of the evening I was two days into Chicago and already feeling my waistline starting to expand with all of the rich food, not knowing that Saturday was going to be a day of astounding caloric consumption for me.  


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