Jose Gonzalez / Paladar Restaurant & Rum Bar

Posted on 17. Jan, 2013 in Cuban, Latin American, Logan Square, Owners

Jose Gonzalez is bringing Old World Cuba to Chicago with Paladar Restaurant & Rum Bar. He’s just made a few modern, rum-infused tweaks.

The eatery is heating up the hip Logan Square neighborhood with hearty Havana-inspired dishes and 45 types of rum (that’s right, 45).

In this episode of Chat Chow TV, we spoke with Gonzalez about his 46-year-old, fall-off-the-bone oxtail recipe, what makes Paladar’s black beans deliciously different from the rest and how rum should really be enjoyed (watch the video above for his expert tasting techniques).

Gonzalez attributes his success to his nostalgic inspiration.

“‘Paladar’ is a noun, it means ‘palate’,” explains Gonzalez, the next generation of restaurateurs in his family’s long lineage. “What I was going for is what’s happening in Cuba right now. People are taking their homes and converting it into restaurants. They’re making their dining rooms into restaurants and they’re called ‘paladares.’ That’s what I was trying to do here. I brought that warmth, feeling, that passion that I saw growing up with my parents cooking.”

His family recipes keep us coming back. Savor entrees like whole red snapper flanked by full-plate portions of traditional Cuban sides: white rice, sweet plantains and black beans. The buttery yucca is just melt-in-your-mouth good.

Stocking 45 types of rum means Paladar makes a mean mojito. Infused with fresh ingredients (think cucumber and guava), these sugarcane-sweet cocktails have secured a place on our ‘best of’ list. Additionally, tasters can refine their ‘paladar’ with a rum flight at the bar. Join us as we work our way through all 45…

Paladar Restaurant & Rum Bar 2115 North Milwaukee Avenue / Chicago, IL 60640 / (773) 252-4747

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9 Responses to “Jose Gonzalez / Paladar Restaurant & Rum Bar”


    Jose Gonzalez is bringing Old World #Cuba w/ @paladarchicago Restaurant & #Rum Bar.

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  2. mle888mle (@mle888mle)

    17. Jan, 2013

    2 Joses in a row! @dulcita518 @ChatChowTV: New Chicago episode! Chatting w/ owner Jose Gonzales of @PaladarChicago

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  3. Bertha Gutierrez

    18. Jan, 2013

    Excelente entrevista , deliciosa comida cubana y magnifico Mojito.

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  4. @ElCidChicago

    18. Jan, 2013

    Watch! RT @PaladarChicago: Did you see us on @chatchowtv!? Video may cause hunger–>

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  5. @PhilLots

    18. Jan, 2013

    Jose Gonzalez / Paladar Restaurant & Rum Bar / Chat Chow TV™ via @ChatChowTV My friends place…it’s awesome

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  6. @LoganSquarist

    19. Jan, 2013

    Check out our friends from @PaladarChicago on @chatchowtv! Congrats Jose!

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  7. @PaladarChicago

    20. Jan, 2013

    Did you see us on @ChatChowTV!? Video may cause hunger–>

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  8. Jana

    21. Jan, 2013

    WOW!! Where’s this little gem of a Cuban restaurant been hiding?!? From the authentic food to the chic ambience to the killer cool Rum Bar, its at the top of my “must go” list.
    Very appetizing Ropa Vieja, looked mouthwatering delicious, succulent and yes, falling right off the bone yummy!! The Red Snapper also looked tasty smothered in garlic sauce and love Cuban rice.
    I’m a big fan of plantains and Cuban black beans, especially knowing they are prepared vegetarian style is a big bonus.
    The warm hip style of the cuban restaurant & unique Rum Bar looks very appealing. I don’t know of another RUM BAR in our awesome city, do you?!? That in itself draws me in the front door curiously ready to sample rum, rum & more rum!! Jose Gonzalez gives a genuinely warm interesting & inviting presentation. I get the feeling when I do stop in, he will be just as welcoming to share a rum flight!! From watching the video, I am definitely intrigued to high tail it into Paladar like this weekend…..

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  9. Did you see us on @ChatChowTV? Drool over this video, then join us tonight for Cuban food and Rum Flights!

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