Like the beauty next door who needs no makeup, curly kale comes clean at John Manion's Latin-inflected La Sirena Clandestina in citrus-kissed roasted poblano dressing with radish coins.
– Elaine Glusac, Michigan Avenue Magazine
South America meets the Midwest at La Sirena Clandestina, whose chef, John Manion, serves up flaky empanadas, super-fresh ceviches, and other Brazilian specialties.
– Ari Bendersky, Men's Journal
Jean Banchet Award for Best neighborhood restaurant: La Sirena Clandestina.
– Emily Wickwire, Chicago Tribune
“…when the bar is four-deep with people, nursing craft cocktails while waiting to chow down on chef/owner John Manion’s lively (and gratifyingly affordable) Brazilian-inflected food, you know something special is going on.”
– Phil Vettel, Chicago Tribune
“The 100 Best Things We Ate This Year: La Sirena Clandestina’s Empanadas.”
– Time Out Chicago
“…[Manion’s] cooking, clandestinely, rewarding diners from his heart and pursuing a creative unique voice that honors his heritage and his passions.”
– Michael Nagrant, Chicago Sun-Times
“A lot of people do ceviche; John Manion makes his rise above the rest with touches like homemade saltines. And his mojo, which uses tons of roasted garlic, guajillos, charred tomatoes, pineapple and a trifecta of fish sauce, Sriracha and mezcal.”
– Graham Elliot and Heather Shouse, Food & Wine
“Spinach-and-Feta Empanada at La Sirena Clandestina: Brazilian-inspired drinks are the draw at the hip Market District hangout—best paired with these crisp, bite-size pockets.”
– Emily Fiffer, Travel + Leisure
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– Eater Chicago
“Needless to say, Manion is no stranger to South-American cuisine – a reason his restaurant is one of Chicago’s best in the genre.”
– Jen Murphy, AFAR
“John Manion’s Latin spot serves up winning dishes, no matter what time of the day it is.”
– Jeffy Mai, Eater Chicago
“50 Things You Need to Eat in Chicago Before You Die: The fillings in these little baked beauties change constantly, but the fact that you should always, always order them does not.”
– Kailley Lindman, Thrillist