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Hinsdale’s CiNe brings lively color to Mexican fare HINSDALE – From its menu of upscale Mexican fare and its vibrant atmosphere down to its colorful logo: What you see is what you get at CiNe, a modern Mexican taqueria that’s as energizing as it is delicious. My companion and I made our destination downtown Hinsdale on a recent Friday. Venturing along the village’s hills and dream homes was a treat en route to the restaurant, but stepping inside was a breath of fresh air after a week full of work. The front façade of CiNe pays homage to the original theater, with an awning protruding over a downtown sidewalk and a small row of outdoor seating. The colorful, lit-up CiNe logo graces the awning, letting incoming patrons know just what to expect upon entrance. The interior transports guests to a Miami-like atmosphere – it’s colorful, yet easy on the eyes and modern, but just warm and cozy enough. Much like you would find at other Mexican fare restaurants,

the chips and salsa were complimentary and were brought immediately by our waiter, who greeted us with a smile and kind introduction, as well. The salsa was a pleasant surprise, having just enough kick for my satisfaction, but not enough to deter my companion with more sensitive tastebuds. Picking up the menu, patrons are given options typical of Mexican eateries – quesadillas and tostadas as appetizers, tacos, fajitas and enchiladas for entrees – but each with its own little twist courtesy of the chef. Then there are the more unique dishes, including the Filete a la Tomatillo, a hanger steak marinated in guajillo and agave, accompanied by roasted potatoes. One of three Chef’s Specials was the Sarandeado, a smoked walleye over potato puree served with a relish. CiNe offers an extensive list of wine, cocktail and beer options. For an appetizer, my companion and I couldn’t pass on the Carnitas Quesadillas, made with slow braised pork

CiNe Where: 29 E. First St., Hinsdale. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday Dress code: Nice casual Info: 630-590-5655, cinehinsdale.com.

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Hinsdale’s CiNe looks like a theater from outside and features a colorful, yet warm and cozy atmosphere inside. and topped with a trio of tasty sauces. We each downed two portions of the appetizer, making for just enough of a prelude to our meal along with the chips and salsa. The gem of the menu, though, is the taco selection. Patrons can combine any four types from traditional options such as pastor pork, chicken flautas and skirt steak, to albondiga – a type of meatball – and

vegetariano, potato croquettes along with relish, sour cream and queso fresco. I opted for two each of the pastor and skirt steak tacos, taking a stronger liking to the latter. My companion went with the enchiladas, and she enjoyed the juicy and flavorful shredded chicken. A creamy Mexican rice put the dish over the top and had me convinced that

To see more photos from CiNe, find this story online at PlanitLife.com/mysterydiner would be my next meal at CiNe. There wasn’t any room for dessert, but the waiter offered a chocolate taco rendition that had us thinking twice.

The Mystery Diner is a newsroom employee at Suburban Life Media. The diner’s identity is not revealed to the restaurant staff before or during the meal. Only positive dining experiences will result in published reviews.

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