Restaurant Review: Chavella's

Considering the numerous positive reviews and word of mouth recommendations from neighborhood residents I'd read and received, a trip to Chavella's, Prospect Heights' "cafe Mexicano," seemed like a sure bet for a great meal.

Perhaps my expectations were too high.

Located at 732 Classon Avenue between Prospect Place and Park Place, owner-chef Arturo Leonar opened Chavella's in 2007.

Random cooking pots, a bouquet of dried roses dangling downward. and an inexplicable picture frame minus the picture hanging on an angle line one wall. Cockeyed certifications and other assorted clutter line another.

Seating only 25 people or so, the modest eatery is quaint when near vacant, congested when crowded. The tight confines feel as if you're literally sitting in the kitchen. That's not a good thing.

Chavella's boasts a fairly wide ranging menu featuring an array of quesadillas, tortas, tacos and main course options all light on the pocket.Prices range from $3 to $18.75.


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