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Authentic Mexican in Western Suburbs??

wineaux Feb 1, 2006 11:15 AM

Any suggestions for good authentic mexican in western suburbs (something nicer than a burrito place?). Tried LaQuebrada in Glen Ellyn twice and won't go back again. It's nothing compared to the one in Cicero. Thanks!

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    KevinT Feb 1, 2006 12:08 PM

    In Geneva, my wife really likes Tia Maria....

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      LikestoEatout Feb 15, 2007 09:57 AM

      I have eaten at Tia Maria's for around 15 years, only because others I am with like it. Why do they like it? Because the food is so Americanized and bland, their version of salsa is a red puree and the taco meats are only beef or chicken. Last week a former co-worker talked me into a trip to Tia Maria's that resulted in cold, runny black beans and a cold enchilada with no sauce. For much better Mexican in Geneva there is Fernando's on State Street ( a realitive of Batavia's El Taco Grande runs it) but it only has a few seats. Best of all is Mike & Miguel's on Anderson Blvd. Up front this is a carryout that sells everything from Italian beefs, burgers, tacos to horchata. Along side and attached by the kitchen is a sit down restaurant with about 10 tables. Everything has been good and fresh, my favorite being al pastor tacos served Mexican style (cilantro, onions and a light touch of white cheese) but for a bigger dinner I enjoy the camarones ranchera or diabla.


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      Suburban Sandy Feb 1, 2006 12:19 PM

      We go to LaMagdalena in Addison, have for many years. Food is usually good, margaritas, good. Prices are reasonable as well. They are now selling their salsa by the jar, stay away from it. You will not get what is on your table.

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        Bill from Downers Grove Feb 1, 2006 05:28 PM

        Gotta put in a plug for Salbute in Hinsdale. Not quite Topolobampo, but definitely casual upscale. The food's great.

        Note: It's a small room and gets crowded quickly. I've mostly been there for lunch, but on the one night we went for dinner a few years ago it was kind of cold out and they let the waiting patrons stand inside. One woman basically stood near our table and stared at my wife as she finished her dessert! Best to go on a slower evening, I think. But it IS very good.

        Link: http://www.salbute.com/about_salbute.asp

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          Ron A. Feb 2, 2006 09:28 AM

          I also was thinking about Salbute when I saw this post. We've enjoyed several really good meals there. I think you're correct that it's more of a casual upscale establishment (after all, it's in downtown Hinsdale). As such, it's not an authentic ethnic Mexican eatery, such as the places you'd find in West Chicago, but more along the lines of Frontera.

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          LAWoman Feb 1, 2006 05:50 PM

          Not sure if Oak Park qualifies as a "Western Suburb" but New Rebozo rocks and is always my choice for mexican in the suburbs!

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            ricestein Feb 13, 2007 06:00 AM

            We second and third the New Rebozo recommendation. We absolutely love it. Great selection of mole and great drinks. We're actually renting it out for our rehearsal dinner there when we get married in May.

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            MarkH Feb 1, 2006 09:16 PM

            Try El Tesoro in West Chicago. It's on rt38 (aka Roosevelt Road) in the strip mall just west of Joliet St. It's two doors down from the La Chiquita supermercado. This is just one of literally dozens of Hispanic restaurants in West Chicago...

            Fact is, if you can't find what you're looking for in West Chicago, you won't find it anywhere!


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              wineaux Feb 3, 2006 03:31 AM

              Believe it or not, we ended up @ Pepe's in West Chicago. Used to go there years ago before the old one burned down and it was great then. Now, just ho-hum. Thanks for the recs.... next time we get a craving for some really good Mexican, we'll try some of your favorites!!!

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              heyes Feb 2, 2006 02:57 PM

              there is also an el tesoro at 1995 bloomingdale road in glendale heights. i've always had very good meals at this location.

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                KLWS Feb 7, 2006 06:00 PM

                Try Miguel's in downtown St. Charles on Rt. 64. Very good and excellent JUMBO size margaritas. and awesome shrimp fajitas. the spicy is really good if you like it hot!!!

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                  lollipop Feb 12, 2007 07:21 AM

                  My husband and I have always enjoyed La Campana on Army Trail Rd in Bloomingdale.
                  (accross the street from Stratford Square Mall in the same strip mall area as Walmart / Best Buy) The atmosphere is nice and we've never been disapointed with the service.
                  It is fairly inexpensive and the food has always been consistent. I personally love the steak tacos and my husband always tries something new and is satisfied. I would recommend giving this one a try.

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                    MikeLM Feb 14, 2007 12:40 PM

                    Salbute in downtown Hinsdale is a really good "contenporary" Mexican, with sophisticated dishes using many traditional Mexican ingredients and flavors. It ain't a taco joint.

                    On the other hand, the Taco Grill on Ogden Ave. a block west of Cass Ave. in Westmont is a really good taco joint. Their dishes are more traditional American-style "Mexican" food, very well prepared and seasoned. There's a wide variety of plates, far beyond just tacos. The prices are more than reasonable, and they have a salsa bar which always has at least twenty different salsas, from mild to napalm-grade.

                    Try it, you'll like it. (Plop plop, fizz fizz.)


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                      Big Willi Feb 14, 2007 01:35 PM

                      I have made a few trips to a restauarant on the corner of Woodward and 75th in Lemont for lunch. It is called Los Arcos but the sign on the restaurant says only "Mexican Food" I have yet to be disappointed. They have a nice mix of authentic dishes(seafood soup, lengua, pork trip) and a nice assortment of more standard burrito/torta fare. It's a taqueria so don't expect white tablecloths or a wine list. There is, however, a waitress that serves your food.

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