Mission Statement

  • We serve hormone free, no antibiotics & all natural Chicken and Beef. Gluten free and Vegetarian options are available.
  • To earn and maintain our reputation for having great, fresh and interesting Mexican cuisine.
  • A commitment to providing superior, quality customer service by professional, personalized staff and traditional Mexican cuisine with fresh ingredients.
  • To provide a warm, friendly, inviting and accommodating atmosphere.
  • To expose Lake Forest, Chicago and local towns to more unique and traditional Mexican fare with seasoned braised beef, fresh guacamole and sizzling fajitas.

Our People

Antonio Gutierrez, Chef-Partner

Chef Antonio Gutierrez was born and raised in Mexico City. His early culinary influences come from his parents, both of whom loved to cook. His father introduced him to the coastal specialties of Veracruz with their Spanish influence. His mother, originally from Michoacán, taught him how to work with masa, butcher and prepare fresh meats, and to craft the mole and salsa recipes passed down through generations.

Chef Antonio has been involved in the Chicago food scene for roughly 25 years. He has a passion for fresh, local ingredients and naturally-raised meats. For those who claim not to like corn tortillas, he can't wait for you to try Authentico's homemade corn tortillas made from fresh masa; there's simply no comparison. Chef Antonio is thrilled for the opportunity to share with our guests the exciting variety of fresh flavors from his homeland.