#ALWAYS ANDERSONVILLE: THE PODCAST – NOTES FOR EPISODE 7 WITH Maybelline Pereda of Cescas Margarita Bar and Grill

This week, we met up with Maybelline Pereda, the owner and founder of Cescas Margarita Bar & Grill, a Mexican restaurant located in the heart of Andersonville (5403 N Clark). Cescas is home to craft margaritas, expansive brunch and dinner menus, and a dog-friendly cozy patio to help you kick off the upcoming summer months!

A trio of margaritas at Cescas.

A trio of margaritas at Cescas.

“[Good hospitality] means everything. When I first opened the restaurant… the fact that I was always there to meet and greet every single customer that came through meant a lot to that customer, and it meant a lot to me.”
Maybelline Pereda

 Listen to Episode 7 with Maybelline Pereda!

Here are some of Maybelline’s references from Episode 7 that you may want to check out:

  • On June 24, Cescas will be celebrating their 4th year anniversary in Andersonville.
  • Maybelline was faced with the passing of her husband, the original owner of the restaurant, only 3 weeks after opening. From there, she took up full ownership and has been running the place ever since – she credits her success to the community that Andersonville fostered.
  • Cescas prides themselves in serving fresh food daily, which is prepared by hand, as it would be in a traditional Mexican home. View their menus here.
  • Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican independence day. It is actually a small battle that was fought and won against France. While acknowledged in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is more popularly celebrated in the United States. Learn more here.
  • Cescas hosts 14 different flavors of margaritas, in addition to 10 specialty crafted flavors. Each one is made using high-end artisanal tequila and Mezcal. Cescas is currently featuring a margarita with Mezcal and Chamoy! To browse the flavors, visit their Cantina menu here.
  • This Cinco de Mayo, Cescas will be officially opening their patio, which will feature a full taco bar (come summertime!), where customers can watch their tacos being made. Cescas was just named one of the best patios in Chicago in a recent Urban Matter article!
The outdoor patio at Cescas.

The outdoor patio at Cescas.

  • The Mexican brunch featured on the weekends at Cescas hosts several signature family dishes, such as Huevos con Chorizo, Chilaquiles, and Molletes. Browse their full brunch menu here.

Visit Cescas Margarita Bar & Grill on these platforms:
Online: cescasmargaritabargrill.com
Facebook: facebook.com/cescasmbg
Instagram: @cescasmbg